Attractions and Places to Visit in Preston
There are several parks across the city which are Green Flag standard. The easiest of these to get to are Avenham and Miller Parks, just five minutes walk from the Flag Market. These parks, neighbouring each other, are beautifully kept and often have events running over summer weekends.
The River Ribble runs directly alongside both parks and adds to the serenity of the scene. The Lancaster Canal cuts a quiet through the city north of the city centre.
St Walburge' Church, designed by Joseph Hansom of Hansom Cab fame, has the tallest spire in England on a church that is not a cathedral. There are also many notable buildings dotted in and around the city centre including the Miller Arcade, the Town Hall, the Harris Museum, the Minster Church of St. John the Evangelist (formerly Preston Parish Church, elevated to Minster church status in June 2003), the former Corn Exchange and Public Hall, St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church, Fishergate Baptist Church, and many beautiful Georgian buildings on Winckley Square.
Many Catholic and Anglican parish churches are also to be found throughout the city. HMP Preston is also a good example of a typical Victorian radial-design prison. Modern architecture is represented by the Guild Hall and Preston Bus Station, which was featured on the 2012 World Monument Fund's list of sites at risk due to threats of demolition, before becoming Grade II listed.