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Quality of Life

People sat in Park on Winckley Square, Preston

There's much to boast about in the surroundings of Preston's bustling city centre...

Right on the doorstep of a thriving city centre, surrounded by beautiful Lancashire countryside, you’re never more than a short stroll from a number of glorious public parks and green spaces.

Take historic Avenham and Miller Parks for example, a Grade-II  listed green space of some 37 acres by the banks of the River Ribble. Designed by Victorian landscape architect Edward Milner more than 150 years ago, its many fine features range from Avenham Park’s natural amphitheatre, Belvedere, Swiss Chalet, Boer War Memorial and Japanese rock garden to Miller Park’s fountain centrepiece, Italianate Terrace and Derby Memorial statue.

Add to that vista, the friendly café, workshop space and colourful flower beds, provide a tranquil oasis away from the crowds, a place to reflect, accessible all year round.

Alternatively, seek out the Georgian splendour of Winckley Square, what was once an exclusive residential area, now the city’s prime legal and professional quarter. And not so far off, you can find an avenue of lime trees at Haslam Park, Moor Park’s Serpentine Lake and all that Ashton, Grange and Ribbleton’s parks have to offer.

Further afield we have the celebrated Brockholes Nature Reserve and Beacon Fell Country Park, major wildlife havens not so far from yet totally removed from city life.

There’s real commitment to sport and recreation too, whether you plan on playing or spectating. You might want to re-enact that most recent great Preston North End goal you saw at Deepdale or 'jinking try' at Preston Grasshoppers; work on being the next Andy Murray on one of the many tennis courts, or seek to follow some notable local heroes such as the Olympian Helen Clitheroe by getting your running shoes on or follow Andrew Flintoff’s example on a local cricket ground.

Whether it’s a court, grass, track or a sports centre or gym you have in mind, sport is an intrinsic part of the fabric of this Lancashire city. UCLan itself has a brand new sports arena and sports centre, while cyclists can explore via the 21-mile Guild Wheel cycleway. The Riversway Docklands and Marina is a haven for boating as well as steam trains, waterside living, cinema, eating and drinking.

Your idea of recreation might be more retail-related, and there’s plenty of scope in the easily accessible city centre for both the committed or casual shopper. From supporting independent traders to making the most of big brands and high street names, it’s all there – slightly off the beaten track at the Grade I-listed Miller Arcade or quaint side streets or in the Fishergate and St George’s shopping centres or city markets.

And when it comes to unwinding part-way through or at the end of the day, you need look no further than Preston for a fantastic variety of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and dedicated entertainment venues. Whatever your choice, the Guild City offers plenty of options.

For more details on what Preston has to offer take a look at the Visit section.