About Preston

The city of Preston is located in Lancashire, in the northwest of England. Home to the renowned Preston North End F.C and famous for its historical heritage as a great market town, this city is a must if you are considering studying abroad.

Places to visit

Beacon Fell Country Park is a stunning natural space comprising 110 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland located 1o miles outside of Preston. The park is a haven for wildlife, with its diverse habitats supporting a variety of species. Beacon Fell is a part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 75 hectares of woodland, grassland, and other natural landscapes. It offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and picnicking.

Social events

If you are planning an fun evening with friends, make sure that you book some tickets at the Preston Musical Comedy Society. Formed in 1953, this is one of the most highly regarded companies in the North West. If you don’t want to miss any of these amazing performances, you can check the company’s events calendar here. Everyone loves a good football match and you will find that Preston is an important city for this sport. Home to North End F.C, the team currently plays in the EFL Championship and it has a very long history as a popular football team. Make sure you know when the next game is on!



Visit Miller Arcade if you fancy shopping and dining in a period setting. Built in 1899, this Victorian building remains intact and offers customers a unique shopping experience. Head there to visit the many high street shops, the modern eateries and cafes or simply enjoy the architecture! Jump in time from the Victorian into the contemporary by visiting Preston Market. Here you will find the best meat, fish and vegetable products of the area as well as jewellery, make-up and phone shops. The Market also has an ale and cocktail bar, for those who are looking for the perfect social meeting place.


In Preston, you can reach almost anywhere within walking distance. If you need to take the bus, there are plenty of services running. Check PrestonBus website for more information about tickets.

The city is also famous for creating the Preston Guild Wheel, a 21 ‘Greenway’ that encircles the city. You can find plenty of advice for cyclists and walkers here as well as printable maps and cycle network connections.

Did you know…

You can progress from an NCUK qualification to study a degree in Preston? The University of Central Lancashire accepts students who have studied an NCUK qualification.

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