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Ten things to do in Preston

PUBLISHED: 00:01 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:36 21 October 2015

The Harris Museum, Preston

The Harris Museum, Preston

The bus station may have polarised opinion in recent years, but there’s no argument that Preston is always well worth a visit

Keith Roberts with his parched peas Keith Roberts with his parched peas

1. Combine art, culture and history with a visit to the Harris Museum and Gallery followed by a stroll up to recently refurbished Museum of Lancashire, excellent if you want to find out more about The Great War.

2. Enjoy Brockholes Nature Reserve. The floating architecture is almost as intriguing as the wildlife that includes redshank, lapwing and oystercatchers, along with deer and brown hares.

3. Eat parched peas on the Flag Market outside the Harris. They’re delicious if not pretty.

4. Walk beside the Ribble. Five ambling minutes from the city centre takes you to a leafy paved walkway right by the river.

Avenham Park, Preston Avenham Park, Preston

5. Stroll in Avenham Park and the adjoining Miller Park. Or rest your legs and have a brew at Avenham’s lovely new Pavilion – but don’t miss the fabulous Japanese Garden.

6. Watch Preston North End. Deepdale is a fine ground, and the team is improving – though their glory days are some way off.

7. The city’s many Chinese students mean noodle bars, Chinese supermarkets, and plenty of good Asian restaurants here, including the brilliant Tang.

8. Shop till you drop. There are malls each side of Fishergate, plus quirkier independents off the main drag.

9. Enjoy the Lancaster Canal. Jog, walk or cycle beside it. Or hire a narrowboat in Ashton for a few days – no locks but lots of pubs for 41 miles northwards.

10. Circumnavigate the city. The wonderful Guild Wheel route is 21 miles long, mostly off-road paths that take cyclists and walkers past the marina, Britain’s newest canal, ancient woodlands and the Ribble.

 

 

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