A guide to the city of Preston - Lancashire, UK.
Where is the best place to live?
If you prefer to live in the suburbs, try Fulwood, Penwortham, or Riversway docklands. There are also some good flats on Winckley Square, which is central and about 5 minutes walk from the railway station.
Slightly further out, you can try Walton-le-Dale, Higher Walton, Cottam, Lea and Leyland.
Outside of the city centre, there are many nearby villages that are good places to live, for example Hutton, Longton, New Longton, Freckleton, Barton, Broughton, Longridge, Goosnargh, Grimsargh, Euxton, Buckshaw Village, Wheelton, Brinscall and Chorley.
What is Preston like?
The centre of Preston is fairly urban, but you don't have to travel far to reach the leafy suburbs and nearby villages. It is centrally located for nearby access to the Lake District, Manchester, Liverpool and coastal towns such as Southport, Lytham St Annes and Blackpool.
The main employers in Preston are the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), BAE Systems, the NHS, Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council.
Preston is less expensive than many cities, and nearby districts South Ribble and Ribble Valley usually score very highly in "quality of life" studies. The locals are friendly and you will generally be made to feel welcome if you are new to the area.
Transport in Preston
There are excellent transport links to and from Preston. It is the centre of a network of motorways, including the M6, M55, M65 and M61 and the railway station is on the West Coast Mainline, so you can travel from Preston to London in just over 2 hours.
There are also many nearby train stations such as Buckshaw Village, Horwich Parkway and Chorley and these are ideal to 'park-and-ride' into Manchester.
It might be a good idea to live to the North, East or South-East of the city if you travel frequently on the motorways.
Traffic into the centre of Preston can be a busy at rush hour, but generally the traffic is fairly free-flowing.
If you prefer to travel by bus, most areas are well-covered although be warned that the buses don't always take the most direct route into the city centre.
Bars and Restaurants
Preston city centre has many great bars and restaurants e.g. The Olive Tree Brasserie, Fives, Mundo Tapas, The Villa Italian, How The Other Half Live, Forum, Twelve Tellers. There are also some good coffee shops such as Cedarwood, Winckleys, Costa and Starbucks.
Preston also has good supermarkets for food-shopping, e.g. Waitrose in Walton-le-Dale, Marks & Spencer in the city centre and several Booths stores for high quality local food, as well as branches of the main supermarkets: Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco and Asda.
There are many good shops in the city centre such as Debenhams, Next, Marks and Spencer, H&M etc. There are some excellent out-of-town shopping centres such as the Capitol Centre and Deepdale Retail Park with high quality shops. The Trafford Centre in Manchester is just 40 minutes away by car.