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.
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.
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].
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
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:
Preston has several cultural attractions worth visiting, such as the city museum and Minster Church. St Walburge Church, near the university, also has one of the highest church spires in existence. The spire can be seen from all places west and south of the city and from the M65 motorway when travelling west.
The Harris museum is a Grade 1 listed building
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston. PR1 2PP., ☎ 01772 258248, . M-Sa 10AM -5PM. Except Tu 11AM - 5PM. Collections of fine and decorative art, costumes, textiles, photography with displays about the history of Preston, in an impressive 19th Century Grade I listed building in the centre of the city. Includes a new gallery dedicated to ceramics and glass.
Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston. PR1 4YP., ☎ 01772 264075. M-W, F-Sa 10.30 - 5.. Museum dedicated to the county's past set in an old courthouse. Includes Victorian and World War II exhibitions.
Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston. PR2 8AA., ☎ 01772 260362. Tu-Th 9.30AM - 4.30PM. The largest military heritage centre in the North West. Dedicated to the county's military history. Includes memorabilia collections, an archive and library.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum, King Street, Leyland, near Preston. PR25 2LE., ☎ 01772 451011, . Describes the history of the British road transport industry. Includes historic commercial vehicles and buses.
Rail - visit the Ribble Steam Railway  on the docks.
Football - visit the National Football Museum  (free entrance); see Preston North End FC, the first ever team to win the English League (They achieved this without losing a game, also winning the FA Cup in the same year without conceding a goal) play at the 20,000 seater Deepdale Stadium [to be removed. the football museum was relocated to machester]
Nightlife - Preston has a wide variety of clubs located on the main highstreet such as Lava Ignite and Wall St.
Preston is the home of the University of Central Lancashire  with over 30,000 students.
Shopping - Preston has several shopping centers including the Fishergate and the Mall. Their is also a Victorian Shopping Arcade located near the Harris Museum in the centre of Preston called the The Miller Arcade. Independent boutique shops are near non-existent and shopping is generally restricted to major chains, a few food shops and, like many struggling city centres, betting shops. The long-awaited Tithebarn development, due to be worth £700m, was shelved and disputes have occurred between the partners involved as to the future for Preston.
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.
Travelodge Preston offers room rates from GB£20 per night
ibis Preston North The Ibis Preston North is located close to the NW travel corridor, 3 miles from the city centre of Preston.
Premier Inn offers rooms from £29pn in a range of locations in and around Preston, including two at the M65-M6 junction to the south of the city.
The Novotel Preston South is a mid-priced hotel with restaurant, room rates from GB£45
Holiday inn Preston A reasonably priced city centre hotel. It has a Restaurant, Bar and Lounge.
Swallow Preston(Preston New Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UL, ☎ 01772 877351 (firstname.lastname@example.org)). Offers restaurant / bar and leisure facilities.
Marriot Preston Set in 11 acres of gardens and woodland, the hotel is just minutes away from the M6 motorway.It was also once a grand victorian manor house. This might be a more expensive place to stay but the marriot is internationally regarded as an upmarket chain of hotels.
The Hotel Barton Grange Rooms from £55. This is an exquisite four star hotel north of Preston, with several restaurants and a swimming pool with spa, Barton Grange is the perfect place for a high class stay in Preston.
Best Western Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Centre This country house hotel in Preston, Lancashire is not only one of the finest hotels in Preston, near Lancaster and Blackpool but is one of the leading wedding venues in Lancashire, also providing Golf in the North West, conference centre and meeting rooms in Preston and banqueting venues ideal for celebrations.
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
The area dialing code for Preston is 01772. From overseas, dial +44 1772 XXX-XXX