Having been granted city status in 2002, Preston is now the largest and most important commercial centre in Lancashire with much to interest its 5 million visitors each year. The vibrant city centre provides an excellent variety of shops, trendy bars and restaurants, and five museums which are all set against the backdrop of its textile heritage, revealed in the fine public buildings and parks bestowed on the town by the successful mill owners.
Riversway, which is the reclaimed and renamed Port of Preston is now a venue for a number of water based events giving a flavour of the city's maritime heritage. From Riversway there are links to pathways along the bank of the River Ribble from which a variety of wildlife can be seen.
Preston has a lot of attractive countryside which can be accessed easily without a car and provides an important gateway to the Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park. The River Ribble follows Preston’s southern boundary and is crossed by several bridges, linking paths north and south of the river. One of these is the Ribble Way, a 70 mile path between Longton on the Ribble Estuary to the source of the Ribble near Ribblehead. This wildlife corridor provides the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and if you are very lucky you might see the brightly coloured kingfisher as it flashes past.
As it flows by the city the River is still tidal and so changes day by day, its inspiring moods generating a sense of peace, tranquillity and well-being.
For further information visit the Preston Tourism website