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Preston town guide

Preston

Proud Preston as the town's motto proclaims is now the administrative centre for the County of Lancashire.

Preston's history dates back to the Doomsday Book and to 1179 with the granting of the Charter, which gave the right to hold a Guild Merchant every 20 years. The "Once in a Preston Guild" tradition continues to this day and we look forward to the next in 2012.

Whilst in Preston you should not miss the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. This Grade I listed building features an extensive collection of art, ceramics and sculpture as well as a programme of contemporary exhibitions.

A port for many years Preston stands at the limit of navigation on the River Ribble. The docks carry little traffic these days apart from the occasional coaster. However with the opening of The Ribble Link in September 2002, Preston is now connected to the rest of the waterway system in England by this splendid Millennium project.

Preston is ideally situated for the visitor with a hire to take the short journey to the famous sea-side resort of Blackpool. Even in this age of package holidays to more exotic destinations Blackpool still has much to offer the visitor, not least the trams and the illuminations.

Venture a little further and the English Lake District beckons, home of William Wordsworth and the inspiration of many artists the Lake District is justly renowned for its natural beauty.

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