Shopping and culture

Whether you're a fashion enthusiast, a food lover, or a fan of unique finds, Preston is sure to have something to meet your shopping needs.

When you’re finished browsing the high street why not take in some culture? We embrace our city's cultural heritage through museums, galleries, festivals, and sporting events.

Fashion first

Preston's city centre offers fashionable high-street brands, independent boutiques and pre-loved gems. Visit Fishergate Shopping Centre or St George's for brands such as Lush, Primark, TK Maxx, H&M and Footasylum. And don't forget to ask for a student discount. Those looking for a more eclectic shopping experience should visit the second-hand and vintage stores. You're sure to find something unique to wear for your next night out, plus it's a great way to save money. Meanwhile, Burnley is home to the Charter Walk shopping centre, with its popular Market Hall and regular outdoor market.

One-of-a-kind finds

Visiting Preston's charming independent retailers is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. Whether you're searching for vintage books, local crafts or handmade gifts these one-of-a-kind shops can help. Take a stroll down the cobbles of Winckley Street to The Secret Garden, a great place to shop for houseplants. Halewoods, a rare and used book store near campus on Friargate, has enough selection to keep you busy for hours. You'll find some sweet music down at Action Records on Church Street. 

Student shopping and culture stories

Lancashire markets

In Preston's contemporary Market Hall, you'll find a great mix of stalls alongside enticing bars and cafés. Shop here for local produce, street food, clothes and accessories. The innovative Box Market uses repurposed shipping containers for its unique stalls. Here you'll find craft ales, vintage finds and specialist coffee. Finally, the bustling Outdoor Market is great for a bargain, every Tuesday and Thursday it's home to the second-hand market. 

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Culture in Preston

Preston is full of artistic expression, heritage, multicultural celebrations, and sporting passion. If art is your thing then be sure to keep up-to-date with exhibitions happening at The Birley, an artist-led studio and project space. As well as UCLan's own galleries PR1 Galley and Hanover Gallery. The MET (Mobile Event Tent) is one of the city's most exciting entertainment venues, the tent travels around Preston to host various events. Preston Minster also regularly hosts cultural events as well as being a great example of the city's heritage.

Preston's cultural scene extends beyond the arts to include a strong sporting heritage. Preston North End Football Club is one of the oldest professional football clubs in England. Football matches at Deepdale Stadium bring together passionate fans, creating an electric atmosphere that showcases the city's love for the sport.

Explore the Visit Preston website for more

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

One of the city's cultural gems is the Harris Museum and Art Gallery housed in a stunning Grade I listed building. The Harris Museum showcases a vast collection of art, artefacts, and historical exhibits. From contemporary art exhibitions to displays of local history, the space provides a place for reflection, inspiration, and learning. It also hosts regular events, workshops, and performances.

The Harris Building is currently closed so it can undergo a large restoration project. But The Harris is still hosting many pop-up exhibitions and activities across the city while the work is completed. 

Culture in Burnley

Meanwhile, Burnley is home to the historic Towneley Hall – a 14th-century house and grounds, with a fabulous art gallery and museum for you to explore. There is also Gawthorpe Hall, the Woodend Mining Museum and the Weavers’ Triangle.

Find out more on the Visit Lancashire website

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