With plans for massive redevelopment of its city centre about to commence, the newly-crowned city of Preston is most certainly on the up. This transformation will give the city a more modern feel without detracting from its obvious history, so buildings like the magnificent Grade 1 listed Harris Museum and Art Gallery will be given a bit of a clean up without losing their essential character.
The Harris Museum, aside from being an impressive building in its own right, houses an equally stunning collection of decorative and fine arts, including a large display of various British Masters' paintings. Another building of note in the city is the 19th century St Walburge's Church, which presents an impressive sight even from distance, being, as it is, one of the tallest churches in England.
Another museum that may be of interest, but for very different reasons, is The National Football Museum. Contained within an unusual modernist structure, the museum houses not only Britain's but the world's most extensive collection of footballing memorabilia - from World Cup strips to trophies - including the official FIFA collection. Also on offer are a great many interactive exhibits, one of which gives you the opportunity to present 'Match of the Day' alongside a virtual Gary Lineker. Continuing the sporting theme, the present England cricket captain, Andrew Flintoff, is Preston born and bred.
Situated, as it is, on the banks of the river Ribble, Preston is a very green city and its parks are worth visiting. The best example of these is Avenham Park, with its trickling water-features, picturesque walks along the riverside and ornamental Japanese rock garden. The river itself can also offer a range of boating activities for visitors to enjoy, from rowing boats right up to painted narrowboats.