Preston was awarded city status in 2002 and, with so much going on, it’s easy to see why. The waterways and docks are a key part of Preston’s identity, with the Lancaster Canal, River Ribble and Ribble Link all flowing through it.
Preston Docks is Europe's largest single dock basin. With so many boats moored there, the water often looks like a forest of masts. On land it is surrounded by things to do, with pubs, shops and a cinema. The nearby Ribble Steam Museum gives visitors the chance to experience old steam trains. The train rides run alongside the river and on a swing bridge over the marina.
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is a beautiful Grade I listed building housing a collection of historical and contemporary art. The pretty side streets near Fishergate are home to a selection of independent boutiques and gift shops. The Victorian Flag Market offers food markets, flea markets, street entertainment, funfairs, and live music.