Shopping and culture

Student life

Whether you're a fashion enthusiast or a fan of unique finds, there are plenty of shops in Preston to meet your needs. And don't forget your student card - you may be able to get a student discount.

High street favourites

Preston has all your favourite high street stores to update your wardrobe. The shops in Preston are close together and can be found along Fishergate. On the street, you can find JD Sports, Office, Next and M&S. In St George's shopping centre there's a H&M, New Look, River Island and more. Fishergate Shopping Centre has a large Primark and T K Maxx. Most of these shops have a student discount, so don't forget your student ID.

Vintage stores and thrifting

There's a few vintage shops in Preston, so you can shop sustainably and find unique pieces for your wardrobe. Retrogue is a vintage store just off Fishergate. They stock lots of cool men and women's clothes, perfect for your uni wardrobe. The Vintage Boutique is a small store stocking a selection of vintage clothing, plus lots of quirky homeware and gifts too. If you love statement jewellery, check out Karen's Collectibles in the Market Hall. They have an eclectic mix of rings, watches and necklaces.

Beauty and wellness

There are lots of beauty and wellness shops in Preston, so you can stay on top of your self-care routine. There's a large Boots, which sells cosmetics, toiletries and hygiene products. It also has a pharmacy if you're feeling under the weather. You can also find Lush in the Fishergate shopping centre for handmade bath bombs, facemasks and more. There's a Holland and Barrett for all your supplement and superfood needs.


Visit one of Preston's markets and support local retailers.

Founded in 1875, Preston Market Hall is still going strong. It is comprised of the market hall, box market and outdoor market, so there's plenty to explore. Inside, you'll find local butchers, fishmongers and a fruit and veg store, as well as lots of lovely cafes. Outside, you can sift through records to find your favourite artists, or pick up a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. It's a unique shopping experience that's not to be missed.

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Preston's contemporary Market Hall entrance.
Preston's contemporary Market Hall entrance.

Nearby supermarkets

Hear are the nearest supermarkets and international food shops in Preston.


  • Aldi - Queen's Shopping Park, Preston, PR1 4HZ
  • Lidl - West Strand, Preston, PR1 8UY
  • Morrisons - Riversway, Preston, PR2 2YN
  • Tesco Superstore - Liverpool Road Penwortham, Preston, PR1 9XE
  • The Food Warehouse - Queen Street, Preston, PR1 4HZ
  • Iceland - Lowthian House, Ring Way, Preston, PR1 2ES

International stores

  • KW Foodstores - Kent Street, Deepdale, Preston, PR1 1PJ
  • KGN Foodstore – 7-11 Great Hanover Street, Preston, PR1 1PY
  • Barkat Foodstore Preston Ltd – 1-2 Canute Street, Preston, PR1 1PL
  • KR Samartos - 58 Plungington Road, Preston, PR1 7RA

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The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is one of the city's cultural gems and is housed in a stunning Grade I listed building. It showcases a vast collection of art, artefacts and historical exhibits. It also hosts regular events, workshops and performances. Preston Minister host discussions about the big questions in life. It is open to everyone, regardless of your faith or background. Preston Playhouse hold productions by local and visiting drama companies, as well as tribute acts. There's something for everyone, so make sure you check what's on.

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The Harris Museum holds a vast collection of art and historical artefacts.
The Harris Museum holds a vast collection of art and historical artefacts.