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Itinerary - Cultural Preston

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Visit Preston to discover its diverse mix of activities for culture and history lovers...

Preston has plenty to offer in the way of history, art, music, and theatre. The city is home to Lancashire’s largest gallery space, England's tallest parish church spire, a historic inland dock, and the renowned Guild Hall and Charter Theatre.

For more ideas of things to do in Preston see the Visit Preston Blog.

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Start the day at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Being home to Lancashire’s largest gallery space, you won’t be short of interesting sights and exhibitions to feed the inner culture vulture!

Outside The Harris, situated on Preston Flag Market, be sure to admire the exceptional Grade I listed Cenotaph – one of the most impressive war memorials in the country. With the Flag Market fast becoming an established outdoor venue space in its own right, you may even catch a street performance or event, more likely if visiting over the summer months.

Once done, why not stretch your legs on the self-guided Preston Statues Trail. Lasting around 40 minutes, the trail packs in quite a punch with an assortment of creative and historic sculptures to appreciate and admire.


After completing the trail, treat yourself to a well deserved lunch stop at one of the city’s many quality eats.

For a period setting, Miller Arcade is well worth a stop by. Constructed in 1899 and standing proud as a Grade II listed Victorian building, it is a real architectural gem housing a variety of food options. For other period eats within the centre, check out Brucciani's and Raffles.

Alternatively, for those in search of a more indie/boho vibe, head to one of several independent side streets for a mix of quirky cafés. Also worth a visit, Preston Markets have a top selection of cafés and bars, serving locally sourced food and locally brewed beer.

For afternoon activity ideas, the Ribble Steam Railway can be found in the heart of Preston’s historic docklands. Whether you're a keen steam enthusiast or just looking for an interesting trip with the family, you can be sure to bag a memorable experience amid Lancashire’s world famous industrial heritage.

For rainy days, retire to one of Preston’s Halls or Towers. From stunning medieval settings at Samlesbury Hall, to the charming Hoghton Tower, these beautiful period buildings are a haven for heritage and history lovers.


Roll out the cultural theme into the evening with a visit to the renowned Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, offering year round first class entertainment. From comedy, dance, and live music through to theatre, sporting events, and family shows, there’s something for everyone.

With a range of restaurants nearby, you could also treat yourself to a pre or post show meal.

Alternatively, for a more intimate affair, you may want to consider the Playhouse Theatre. A cosy venue offering quality amateur dramatic action in the heart of Preston.

Map address points for Cultural Preston Itinerary

  • Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, PR1 2PP
  • Cenotaph War Memorial, 4 Cheapside, PR1 2AP
  • Miler Arcade, Lancaster Road, PR1 1DA
  • Brucciani's Café, 91C Fishergate, PR1 2NJ
  • Raffles Café, St George's Shopping Centre, PR1 2NQ
  • Preston Markets, Earl Street, PR1 2JA
  • Fishergate High Street, PR1 2NJ
  • Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, PR2 2PD
  • Preston Docklands, Mariners Way, PR2 2YN
  • Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, PR5 0SH
  • Samlesbury Hall, Samlesbury, PR5 0UP
  • The Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Road, PR1 1HT
  • Preston Playhouse Theatre, Market Street West, PR1 2HB