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Preston City Centre Statue Trail

Statue of Preston Martyrs in Preston City Centre.

Grab your explorer's hat and discover the history behind Preston's statues...

Preston has a fantastic selection of statues and sculptures to appreciate throughout the city. So whether you're after historical statues, artistic statues, or both, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

The City Centre boasts a large number of statues dotted about the streets, all within walking distance from each other. Equally central are Avenham and Miller Park's spectacular statues and monuments, along with stunning architecture and beautiful fountains dating back to the 1800s.

You can visit these individually or follow the Preston City Centre Statue Trail.

How to follow the Preston Statue Trail

To embark on this trail download the "Preston City Centre Statue Trail" guide from the documents section at the bottom of this page.

The trail is roughly 1.5 miles and takes around 40 minutes to complete.

Featured statues

Take a peek at the statues featured in this walk. Facts and how to follow the walk can be found in the guide at the bottom of this page.

  • Preston Martyrs Memorial Statue - Lune Street, PR1 2NN 
  • Peace Gardens - Friargate, PR1 2ED 
  • Preston Cenotaph - Flag Market, PR1 2PP 
  • The Obelisk - Flag Market, PR1 2PP 
  • Sir Robert Peel Statue - Winckley Square, PR1 3JJ 
  • The Cotton Reel - Avenham Road, PR1 3TH 
  • Sevastopol Cannons - Avenham Park, PR1 8JT 
  • Earl of Derby Statue - Miller Park, PR1 8JT 
  • Boer War Obelisk - Avenham Park, PR1 8JT 

Statues beyond the city centre

There are a number of impressive sculptures and statues outside the city centre that make a great visit or make up a trail of their own.

Sir Tom Finney "The Splash" - Deepdale Stadium

Situated just outside the city centre is Preston North End's Deepdale Stadium, home to 'The Splash' statue. The water feature sculpture pays homage to the late Sir Tom Finney - a celebrated footballer famous for his loyalty to Preston North End FC. Sculptured by Peter Hodgkinson, he was inspired by the 1956 'Sports Photograph of the Year' which featured Sir Tom Finney beating two defenders at a waterlogged Stamford Bridge.

The Millennium Ribble Link Sculpture Trail

The Ribble Link is a waterway opened in 2002 connecting Lancaster Canal to the River Ribble. The link makes for a pleasant walk and features impressive sculptures by Thompson Dagnall along the way. The sculptures are based on the elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water and are a must see. Also included along the trail is a sculpture by artist, Denis O'Connor as well as Thompson Dagnall's superb giant crow at the end of the link. 

So keep your eyes peeled, there's plenty to see! Averaging 2 hours to complete, the trail is 5.9 miles long. For more information on the route see AllTrails - The Millennium Ribble Link.