Preston is the largest city in the county of Lancashire, and historically was a major port and industrial centre. It is one of the few cities that has an "old northern" culture, with many words of the Lancashire dialect still in use.Preston is in The Duchy of Lancaster and The County Palatine of Lancashire.
 Get in
 By plane
Nearby Blackpool Airport has flights to Dublin, Isle of Man, France and Spain, while Liverpool and Manchester airports offer a world-wide service. Manchester Airport's services include London. Local airlines include Jet2 , British Airways , British European , and CityJet .
 By train
Preston is a major terminal on the WCML "West Coast Main Line", and services to and from most major cities around the UK are offered by Virgin Trains . The Virgin website sells tickets between any two stations in the National Rail network, so getting to Preston by train should be easy, wherever you are.
 By car
Preston is well linked to the motorway network (M6, M61, M62, M60, M65). There are many reasonably priced taxi firms in the city - see By taxi in Get around.
There are two Park & Ride sites in Preston: Preston PortWay which is situated close to Preston Docks, and Walton-le-Dale. For more information consult Preston Bus [www.prestonbus.co.uk].
 By bus
National Express  offer intercity coaches from most towns and cities in the UK, and many in France and Spain, while Megabus  offers extremely low cost (£1 one way) bus travel to and from London. Other bus companies are available, and can be booked via the UK public transport gateway transportdirect  which is a database of all British Public Transport, and can effectively link any two buildings in the UK with Public Transport using Postcodes
 Get around
Preston has an extensive local bus network operated by Stagecoach Northwest and JFS (Fishwicks), details of which can be found via transportdirect.
Preston has a number of reliable taxi companies - the largest/most notable of which are:
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Preston has several cultural attractions worth visiting, such as the city museum and Minster Church.
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Preston is the home of the University of Central Lancashire  with over 30,000 students.
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Preston has a wide range of restaurants in its city center, and many local pubs serve meals as well.
A popular and tasty local delicacy is butter pie, which is made with potatoes, onions and butter. Originally created for Catholic workers to eat on days when they had to abstain from meat, it can be found in many fish and chip shops in the city.
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 Stay safe
Preston is relatively safe compared with larger cities like London or Manchester, but it is still wise to use common sense. If you are alone, avoid wandering around the City centre and other dark quiet areas at late unsociable hours. If approached by someone who is drunk, avoid conversation or eye contact and keep walking. Avoid residential areas adjacent to the city centre, after dark, unless you know where you are going. If in doubt, go by taxi. Narrow alleyways should be avoided at night; the ones off Fishergate leading to pubs and clubs are safe, but do not linger.
A number of outlying housing estates have a reputation for anti-social behaviour, not entirely undeserved; you will have little cause to visit those areas unless you are visiting a resident. Many residents, particularly the older generation, are supportive of initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour, and will usually be happy to answer any concerns you may have.
Preston Police are available on +44 1772 203-203 for non-emergencies, in Emergencies Only dial 999 or 112 from any phone for fire, police, or ambulance