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Samlesbury Hall Shepherd's Huts lit up with fairy lights at night.

Your inspiration for a Preston mini break...

With staycations taking over 2021, Preston is here to cater to your holiday needs. Whether you're looking for a city break, or a rural retreat, the city and its countryside surroundings are home to a variety of self-catering accommodation options.

England's lockdown roadmap is on track for self-contained accommodation to be up and rolling from Monday 12 April. On top of that, pubs, restaurants, and cafés will also be opening for outdoor service. Hotels, and other accommodation, are due to open Monday 17 May, providing the roadmap is on track. Indoor entertainment venues are also due to open on this date.

So, get planning your Preston staycation and let this handy guide inspire your trip. Enjoy, explore, and stay safe.

Luxury city padsClose-up of velvet pillow and lamp by bed in No.10 Preston self-catering apartment.

City breaks are still very much on for 2021. Thanks to Preston's Avenham & Miller Parks in the city centre, The Harris, and many other sights and self-guided walks to enjoy, there are still many things to do when staying in the centre.

No.10 Preston

No.10 Preston has a luxurious selection of themed apartments, all centrally located right in the heart of the city. Whether you're after something cosy and romantic, or something special for all the family, treat yourself and loved ones to a city break with a difference. Themes include 007, hunting cottage, and Tiffany's - complete with a blinged-up bathroom.

Visit No.10 Preston for more details. 

City Haven Apartments

City Haven Apartments have a number of central self-catering apartments, each chicly decorated for that added bit of luxury. Experience the city and Avenham & Miller Parks on your doorstep, then unwind on the sofa with a movie.

Visit City Haven Preston for more details. 

Unique & quirky staysHelicopter accommodation at Reams Hill Holiday Park.

Check out the following Instagram worthy places to stay in Preston, each with their own unique twist.

Stay overnight in a helicopter

Ream Hills Camping and Caravan Park isn't just a rural family-friendly campsite; their converted helicopter makes for a truly unique stay. The X-ray Zulu 676 helicopter sleeps up to four people and includes kitchen appliances, a heater, and LED TV and LED lighting.

Visit Ream Hills Holiday Park - Lynx Helicopter for more details.

Geodesic domes by the lake

Ream Hills Camping and Caravan Park offer geodesic domes with panoramic views of the lakeside. These cosy and serene domes sleep four or six guests and are available for three or four night stays.

Visit Ream Hills Holiday Park - Glamping for more details.

Samlesbury Shepherd Huts

Within the grounds of the stunning Samlesbury Hall are a collection of colourful shepherd huts, complete with memory foam mattresses, en-suites, and low-wattage electricity. Huts are heated for that added bit of luxury, and a lantern and fire pit are available for that rustic edge.

Visit Samlesbury Hall - Shepherd's Huts for more details.

Hire a canal boat

Explore the waters with a canal boat holiday along the Lancaster Canal, linking Preston to Kendal. Carrying the luxuries of home, boats sleep up to six guests and allow pets. With the boats being designed for both experienced boaters and newcomers, it's a fool-proof way to relax and enjoy something a little different.

Visit Lancaster Canal Boat Hire for more details.

Camp amongst wildlife

Bowland Wild Boar Park have extra special camping pods, big enough for a couple's break or family holiday. The pods are surrounded by the beautiful outdoors, near the Forest of Bowland, as well as within walking distance of the Wild Boar Park itself.

Visit Bowland Wild Boar Park - Camping Pods for more details.

Irishman's Tower at Hoghton Tower

The Irishman's Tower is a historic property, surrounded by rural Preston and within the grounds of Hoghton Tower. The self-catering and cosy property sleeps two people, making it an ideal romantic getaway with a difference.

Visit Hoghton Tower - Irishman's Tower for more details.

Rural retreatsExterior of Shepherd Hut at Poplar Grove Farm Caravan Park.

Grab a much needed break and breathe in the fresh air and scenery of Preston and Lancashire's most beautiful countryside areas.

Beacon Fell View Holiday Park

Enjoy Beacon Fell and nature on your doorstep at Beacon Fell View. The park is set in 30 acres of landscaped parkland, with views over the Ribble Valley, and the Forest of Bowland nearby. The park features children's play areas and crazy golf, and even allows four-legged family members to come along.

Visit Hagans Leisure - Beacon Fell View Holiday Park for more details.

Poplar Grove Farm

Poplar Grove Farm is located in the rural settings of Garstang. The farm has cosy cottages for hire as well as self-catering Shepherds Huts, complete with electricity and kitchen appliances. After exploring nearby countryside, the site's premier shepherd huts feature a 32" Smart TV, king-size beds, a firepit, and more. 

Visit  Poplar Grove Farm Caravan Park for more details.

Wolfen Mill Holiday Cottages

Wolfen Mill's boutique cottages offer cosy and luxury accommodation in the countryside. There are a number of self-catering cottages available for your stay, each perfect for exploring the rural settings of Preston and surrounding areas, including the Forest of Bowland. 

Visit Wolfen Mill Boutique Self-Catering for more details.

Wigwam Holidays

A true glamping experience, Wigwam Holidays at Kidsnape Farm is surrounded by countryside and nature reserve walks and treks. The luxury Wigwam Cabins are nestled in greenery and come with everything you need for a comfy stay in one compact glamping pod.

Visit Wigwam Holidays - Kidsnape Farm for more details.

Chestnut Lodge

If you're thinking peaceful retreat, Chestnut Lodge is the ideal place to stay. Located on a working farm, the lodge sleeps 4 people and includes a cot and highchair on request, making it ideal for couples or families. Say hello to the cows, explore the surrounding countryside, or kick back and relax in the open plan living area.

Visit Chestnut Pilling for more details.

Things to see and do

Tree-lined path in Miller Park alongside River Ribble, with train bridge in background.

Whilst restrictions remain in place for your staycation in Preston, there are still many exciting places to visit and things to do safely.

For those wishing to explore the great outdoors, you can still visit Preston's Parks and Gardens or head to the city's outskirts for a walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve or a trip to Beacon Fell Country Park. For wildlife lovers, you will also find Bowland Wild Boar Park nearby and, of course, the renowned Guild Wheel is always open for discovering the many sides of Preston and its nature.

If you're more interested in architecture and heritage then see our Heritage and Sights section for a number of fantastic places to admire. And, for further exploring, why not take a self-guided walk.

Whilst visiting the city, don't forget to check out our range of places to eat and drink, with many venues offering delivery to your self-catering accommodation or takeaway breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and drinks.

More accommodation

Not seeing anything you fancy? See our Accommodation Directory for more available places to stay in Preston.