Here in Preston you’ll get the best of both worlds, a buzzing student city right on your doorstep as well as links to nature and the great outdoors.
In the city centre you can discover some beautiful green spaces. The charming Georgian setting of Winckley Square is the ideal place to escape the high street and watch the world go by, while the tranquil surroundings of Avenham and Miller parks, set on the banks of the River Ribble are the perfect place for a quiet stroll or a game of Frisbee. Avenham Park also marks the start of the scenic Guild Wheel, a 21-mile cycling greenway connecting the city to the picturesque Preston countryside. If you don’t have a bike, hire one from the UCLan Sports Arena and start the Guild Wheel there.
From Preston you’re only a 20-minute bus ride from Brockholes Nature Reserve, home to a diverse range of wildlife as well as a unique floating visitor village. You can also take part in a range of activities from organised walks to jewellery making. The stunning Beacon Fell County Park is located 10 miles from the city and boasts nearly 300 acres of magnificent woodland to explore.
If you have time to journey further afield, you’ll be a 20-minute train ride from Lancaster boasting a rich history of castles, towers and witches! A 40-minute journey will bring you to the spectacular Lake District, England’s largest National Park. In complete contrast head west to the seaside resort of Blackpool and its award-winning Pleasure Beach or a short trip south will take you to the sights and sounds of Manchester.
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While you will find that many places in Preston are easily accessible on foot, there may be times you require the use of public transport.
Preston Railway Station is a 10-minute walk from campus connecting you with your home wherever it’s located. The M6 will take you wherever you want to go; Liverpool, Manchester or the Lakes, whilst the iconic Grade II listed brutalist style Bus Station also offers local and national bus and coach services. If you’re looking to get away for the weekend London, Edinburgh and Glasgow are all within easy reach. Plus Manchester and Liverpool also offer international airports.
The city has both Preston Bus and Stagecoach services. Some key buses being the number 23, this takes you to both the ASDA store and Royal Preston Hospital (stopping outside Booths supermarket, which is just across the road from the Hospital). While the number 19 will take you directly into the Hospital grounds.
If you fancy a trip to the seaside, Stagecoach offers the number 61 service from Preston that arrives in Blackpool Town Centre. While the number 68 will have you on the sandy beaches of Lytham in under an hour.