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Winckley Square Gardens

Steps going down into Winckley Square, Preston.

A Georgian escape in the city...

*Covid-19: For rules and guidelines for Preston's parks during Covid-19 please visit Preston City Council - Parks and Covid-19.

Just a stone's throw away from Preston's main high-street, Winckley Square Gardens make a peaceful retreat, whatever the weather.

The park is a harmonious blend of modern and Georgian features - a beautiful green space surrounded by period architecture. There are also Victorian additions to the park, including the Sir Robert Peel statue which welcomes you at one of the park's seven entrances.

Enjoy some quiet reflection amongst the trees, take a picnic, or even grab something tasty from one of the many cafés and coffee shops nearby. The serene Green Flag awarded park makes the ideal spot for a catch up with friends or an explore with the little ones. There's even the option to delve further into Preston's park scene, with Avenham & Miller Parks just a short stroll away.

When visiting Winckley Square Gardens you'll find seating areas and open green spaces for relaxing and watching the world go by. If you visit in the winter or in the evening, you can admire the park lit by ground lights along its many footpaths.

Events

Winckley Square Gardens play host to a wide variety of events throughout the year. From heritage walks and talks to outdoor theatre, there are plenty events to look forward to.

For current park events in Preston see our What's on Calendar.

Dogs in parks

Well-behaved dogs are welcome in Winckley Square Gardens. However, please keep dogs under control and keep them on a lead when necessary. Please clean up after your dog and take care when passing other visitors with dogs. For more details on dog laws in Preston visit Preston City Council - Dog laws in Preston.

Our dog-friendly itinerary also lists dog-friendly activities and places to eat and drink when visiting Winckley Square.

Parking

When visiting Winckley Square Gardens there are a number of city centre car parks to choose from, including disabled parking options.

Alternatively, why not use Avenham & Miller Parks' 40-space car park on South Meadow Lane and enjoy a stroll through the parks, ending at Winckley Square Gardens.

Please respect the surrounding residential areas of the park by using a designated car park.

Disabled access

Five out of seven of Winckley Square Garden's entrances are level and have easy access, allowing for the majority of the park to be enjoyed. Whilst the paths of the park are well-maintained and level, some of the paths involve steep inclines and steps.

History and heritage

Learn all about Winckley Square and its gardens by joining one of the Winckley Square Guided Walks. These walks cover the history and heritage of the square as well as fascinating stories about its former residents.

You can also read all about the square's past by seeing Winckley Square and Gardens History.

Map address for Winckley Square Gardens

  • Winckley Square, Preston, PR1 3JJ.
  • South Meadow Lane Car Park: South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.