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Best things to do in Preston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“It's a great place to learn about Preston and Lancashire as well as the visiting exhibitions that change all of the time. It's free to visit the museum and the nearest parking is Preston Bus Station.”
8 locals recommend
Premise
“The River Ribble runs through the middle of Preston and has this spacious park on one of its banks. Originally constructed by mill workers and paid for by John Peel it is a legacy that has been enjoyed by generations of Prestonians and many visitors. It helps that in what used to be a derelict bandstand, there is now a beautifully designed building that houses information on the park and the obligatory coffee shop. At the western boundary of the park is The Continental pub. They brew their own beer and produce food which will delight the most discerning palate. ”
1 local recommends
Cinema
“Multi-screen complex. Just a short drive away, with on-site parking. Next to Mexican restaurant and KFC (including drive-thru). Close by is another pub - Ribble Pilot, McDonald's (including drive-thru) and several stores.”
2 locals recommend
Park
“Two adjacent parks running alongside the River Ribble. Very attractive and worthwhile to stroll through, including the Japanese Gardens. Pavillion Cafe on Avenham Park.”
1 local recommends
Shopping Centre
2 locals recommend
Bar
“Along with some fine beers, this venue offers regular live music from an amazing range of artists including an open mike night first Thursday of every month.”
2 locals recommend
Pie Shop
“Great food, drink and atmosphere in the centre of Preston. 10 minute drive. Best places to park are on Winckley Square (pay at machine), or in St George's Car Park (fee).”
3 locals recommend
Cinema
“This cinema is kitted out with luxury, reclining seats and is the best nearby.”
2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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Café
“Perfect for a lunch or afternoon tea. You can easily reach this on the number 3 bus, or by car. 5 minute drive”
3 locals recommend
Bus Station
“We are spoilt for choice. Morrisons and Lidl are five minutes away for a weekly shop by car, and for those who want a simple life, head out of the flat and head into the well equipped Premiere shop which is on the doorstep. It would be remiss of me not to mention the finest shop in all of Preston, which is Saint Catherine's Bookshop which is right under your feet. It's not only the hub of the community, but it also sells the most amazing books at a fraction of their original price. It's professionally run and all the proceeds support the local hospice. You've gotta give it a coat of looking at. ”
2 locals recommend
Museum
1 local recommends
Tapas Restaurant
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“Locally run, this is a great tapas restaurant, run by the same people who own We Don't Give a Fork and The Otter's Pocket (also recommended). Nearest parking ins on St Wilfrid Street.”
2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great tapas, Moka on Fishergate is a great place to eat at any time of the day. Nearest parking is behind on St Wilfrid Street, both on the road and in a car park, both are chargeable.”
1 local recommends