The vibrant city centre of Preston is located in the county of Lancashire, on the North Bank of the River Ribble and approx 12 miles to the right of Junction 31 of the M6.

Whether you’re a holidaymaker looking for a new destination or a contractor seeking a comfortable short-term stay, Preston has something to offer!

Beyond its practicality, Preston boasts a rich history and surprising quirks. To ignite your curiosity, here are 10 interesting facts about Preston, Lancashire:

Google Map of Preston Lancashire
  • 1. Royal Recognition
    Preston isn’t your average northern town. As a city (since 2002!), it punches above its weight, even earning a nod from Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee.

  • 2. Textile Heritage
    During the Industrial Revolution, Preston became a major centre for the cotton and textile industry. The city was home to numerous cotton mills, and its economy thrived on textile production.

    The legacy of this era is still visible in many historic buildings and museums.

Tulketh Mill - Preston Lancashire
  • 3. Footballing Firsts:
    Preston North End, the city’s football club, has a legendary past. Deepdale Stadium, their home ground, is the oldest continuously used football league ground in the world. Preston North End also:
    – holds the record for the highest FA Cup win (26-0!)
    – had the first black professional footballer in the English League
    – was the first-ever football team to win the Football League and FA Cup double in 1889

  • 4. Glorious Guilds:
    Preston is also famous for its Guild celebrations, which have taken place every 20 years since 1179. These celebrations involve a range of cultural, sporting, and entertainment events, and are considered the largest civic celebration in England

Preston Guild 1952

Preston Guild 1952

Image from Preston Historical Society

  • 5. Historic Heart:
    Preston’s rich past is evident in its architecture. Explore the magnificent Harris Library, built in 1890, or discover the medieval core, including the impressive Preston Minster.

  • 6. Foodie Fun Fact:
    Fried chicken fans, rejoice! Preston lays claim to the title of having the UK’s first KFC store, established in 1965.

  • 7. Telephonic Treat:
    Calling all nostalgia buffs! Preston’s Market Street boasts the country’s longest continuous row of the iconic red telephone boxes.

Ribble Steam Railway & Museum - Preston-fi
  • 8. Ribble Steam Railway:
    Enjoy a scenic ride on a heritage steam train along the Ribble Estuary, a perfect family-friendly activity.

  • 9. Motorway Pioneering:
    The Preston By-Pass was the first-ever motorway, opened in 1958, paving the way for a more connected Britain.

  • 10. Preston Guild Wheel:
    A 21-mile circular route around Preston, ideal for cyclists and walkers, showcasing the city’s scenic landscapes.
    Find out more here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/cycling/guild-wheel/

In Summary

Preston offers a surprising rich blend of history, culture, and modern convenience. Whether you’re here for leisure or business, our serviced accommodation provides the a perfect and stylish home base for exploring all that this wonderful city has to offer.

We pride ourselves on offering personalised service to ensure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, so book your stay with us today and discover the many charms of Preston for yourself.

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