The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is a truly magnificent grade 1 listed building. It was built by James Hibbert in 1892, at a staggering cost of £106,000, with it's beautiful sweeping staircase.
It houses the City Library, Art gallery and museum. Here you will also find free Internet access.
Admission is free, only a small charge maybe made for special events.
They have a large range of exhibitions and activities for all ages.
Including, contemporary art and design, fashion, fine arts and decorative art. It also specialises in it's local cotton history.
The art collections of the 18, 19, and 20th Century oil, watercolours and prints along with a strong contemporary photography collection including work by the Preston based Devis family of artist.
There is a good collection of ceramics, textiles and costumes on show.
Take a look at their web site for other information.
St.john's stands on an ancient christian site,originally dedicated to Saint Wilfred.
The original bulding has references dating back to 1094,it was replaced by a new church in the 16th century.In 1581 its dedication was changed to Saint john the Baptist,it was repaired during the following century,but by 1770 it had deteriorated,it that year the dedication was again changed to Saint John the Evangelist and a tower was rebuilt in 1814.
To mark the Granting of city status to Preston in 2002 the church was renamed the Minster Church of Saint John.
This is a Grade 1 listed building and has a fine collection of decorative art,sculpures historic artifacts and interesting finds from the Preston and Lancashire areas.
Admission is free
Opening times-mon till sat 10.00am-5.00pm except tue 11.00am-5.00pm
Closed sundays and bank holidays
Originally built for the sport of Cock Fighting,the church meetings of 'Jesus and the latter day saints'took place here as the number of converts grew and a bigger place was needed.The first conference of the church was in 1837 were they used to bless over a hundred children at a time.It was also here that members of the 'Preston Temperance League'introduced a pledge of total Abstinence from any form of Alcohol.two years later the league coined the word'Tee-Total'here,and a couple of years after Elders introduced the Word of Wisdom in the same place.
Please check before going as it is moving to the Urbis museum in Manchester
The National football museum is the only one of it's kind in Britain. It is based at the Preston North End football ground, mainly, because Preston was one of the founders of the football league.
The Museum covers 3 floors, the first floor, charts the history of British football from the mid 19th century.
The second floor is mainly about P.N.E and has a viewing platform over looking their football ground.
The 3rd floor has hands on games and a children's educational centre.
On a personal view, I enjoyed my visit, but felt more could done, although they where in the middle of setting up new exhibitions.
The admission is free and you will find plenty of free parking ( not on match days).
It is wheelchair friendly and very accessible to all parts of the museum.
There is a coffee/ souvenir shop near reception.
The Main Photo
This a called the Splash, the statue is that of Sir Tom Finney a well loved footballer, who played for P.N.E and England
Preston has an indoor market, selling, fresh veg, fish, bread and meat on the ground floor and other goods are sold on the upper floor. Soon this market is to undergo a big make over , when it will be completely revamped.
The outdoor market is a beautiful Victorian building and sells clothing and other household goods on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesday and Thursday there is a small boot market.
Chorley is a small market town some 15 miles south of Preston, traditional markets are held here every Tuesday. The town is going through some redevelopment at the moment so I will try and keep you updated.
Ashley park in the centre of Chorley is well worth a visit, take a look round Ashley Hall. The pedestrianised shopping centre has really very little to offer.
The Guild Hall was built for the 1972 Guild.
The Guild Hall complex has the Charter Theatre, which holds plays both professional and armature, and the larger, Guild Hall, were you will find the Liverpool Philharmonic, Musicals and big televised events like the snooker and Bowls. They also have a large Foyer, were they often hold exhibitions and some lunch time concerts.