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Things to do in Preston, Lancashire

Preston was awarded city status in April 2002 in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee.

Preston is the commercial and administrative centre in Lancashire and the seat of Lancashire County Council. Situated at the heart of the County, Preston is a busy, thriving town.

Once home to the first cotton mill in the area, it was here that John Horrocks set up his mill and the town became an important centre of the cotton industry.

Today you can find out all about Preston's history at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, this magnificent listed building is in the town centre and houses a wealth of fine contemporary and decorative art, local history and costume.

You'll find the Preston Guildhall and Charter Theatre in Lancaster Road. It offers live entertainment with rock and pop music, classical concerts, theatre, musicals, ballet, opera and films as well as international indoor sport.

Preston offers shoppers a superb choice at the St. George's and Fishergate Shopping Centres where you will find attractive retail facilities.

The old dock is now a picturesque marina, popular for shopping and leisure activities, including a UCI Cinema complex and restaurants.

It is also the site of the annual Maritime Festival.

If you're visiting Preston with friends, take a look at our Fun Things to do in Preston with Adults guide.

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