Things to do in Preston

The UK’s 50th city, Preston exploded in popularity during the Industrial Revolution, becoming a Victorian powerhouse centred around textiles. That Victorian heritage looms large in the city, from the Harris Museum and Art Gallery to the Miller shopping arcade, while the city itself dates back to the Roman conquest and even the Ice Age. Factor in its historic football team and bustling entertainment, nightlife and eating out options, and you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Preston. With no fewer than six hotels in Preston, you’ll be right at the heart of the action when staying with us.


A mix of Victorian buildings, a church with one of the highest steeples in the country and parks that range from sporting paradises to deserted country wildernesses, there’s plenty to see and do in Preston.


With three well-equipped shopping centres, a pristine Victorian-era shopping arcade and a sprawling out-of-town retail park, Preston has all your high street stores covered and more.

Places to eat

Dine out at over 400 different restaurants in Preston, spanning dozens of cuisines. We’ve rounded up our favourite places to eat in the city, including Thai street food, expansive Indian restaurants and an impressive range of Mediterranean outlets.


Spurred on by a large student population, and mostly centred along Church Street, there are plenty of back-street bars, boisterous boozers and hands-in-the-air clubs in the heart of Preston to keep you going well into the morning hours.


Preston is blessed with two fantastic theatres. With both the Preston Guildhall and Charter Theatre and the Preston Playhouse Theatre calling the city home, you’ll never be short of a show to keep you entertained on an evening.


Whether you want to blow off some steam at the Ribble Steam Railway, bounce the day away at a trampoline park or simply take a stroll around the renovated docks and marina, we’re perfectly placed for you to get the most out of Preston.


If you want to get to grips with Preston’s unique history, then its four diverse museums will do the trick. Whether you want to step back to the Ice Age or simply discover more about the county’s regimental past, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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You can spend your evening sipping on sweet cocktails or dance the night away in a late night rock den. Preston’s array of bars will have your evening entertainment all wrapped up, no matter what your tipple of choice may be.


If you’re planning a pub crawl in Preston then you’re in for a real treat. With a choice of bustling micro pubs, vibrant sports bars and characterful real ale drinking houses, you’re sure to find the perfect place to quench your thirst.

Deepdale Stadium

Home to Preston North End, Deepdale Stadium is the place to catch a game while visiting the city. Find out everything you need to know about one of the world’s oldest football stadiums, from its rich history to parking options.


The Preston Guildhall Charter and Theatre dominates the city’s entertainment sphere: one that offers food, drink and high-class action spanning live music, stand-up comedy and plays. Factor in one of the oldest football teams in England, a range of cinemas and live music venues, and you have a truly bustling city.


Preston has a rich cultural scene, the pinnacle of which is the excellent Harris Museum and Art Gallery, which showcases a truly diverse range of exhibits. Alongside there are plenty of other museums and theatres, as well as an exciting calendar of annual events to entice visitors of all ages and interests to the city.

Getting around

Handily located an hour from two major international airports and boasting one of the largest bus depots in Europe, getting around Preston couldn’t be easier.
We’ve rounded up the plane, train and road options to make sure you get the most from the city.

Our Preston map

Looking for a hotel in Preston?

There's a great choice of hotels in Preston which make an ideal base for exploring the city's renovated docks and marina or indulging in some retail therapy at its impressive shopping centres and markets.