Flights to Preston
There has been a settlement of some kind in the Preston area since the early Middle Ages, and the name likely comes from old English for “priest’s town”. Preston is on the north bank of the River Ribble and was an important city during the Industrial Revolution for its many cotton mills.
The closest airport for flights to Preston is the Blackpool International Airport (airport code: BLK) but connecting flights from London are infrequent, making a flight to Preston from Johannesburg extremely long. However, there is a better service at Manchester Airport (code: MAN), about 64 kilometres away from Preston. South African Airways, BMI and British Airways all have 1 stop flights to Preston that go through London. If you fly with Lufthansa, you’ll make a connection in Munich. Average flight times are around 15 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Preston:
Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum
For anyone interested in military history, the Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum is the one to visit. Located in the Fulwood Barracks, the museum highlights the history of the many local Lancashire Regiments dating back to 1689. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays, Sundays and Fridays.
Harris Museum and Art Gallery
The Harris Museum houses not only a historical collection, but also serves as an art gallery and the Preston public library as well. Inside you can find out more about Preston’s own history in photographs, clothing, artefacts, and local artwork. It’s free to visit, and they are closed on Sundays. You can find the museum in the Market Square, it’s the impressive looking building with the large Roman columns along the front!
St. Walburge’s Church
The grand church in Preston isn’t as old as true gothic cathedrals, and was built in the 1800s in the gothic style. Even so, it’s still a beautiful building with the tallest spire of any parish church in England, making this a worthwhile visit.
Not a single or specific attraction, Winckley Square is just a pleasant part of the city that is great for walking around. There are parks as well as many old buildings that illustrate the well-preserved architecture of the mid-1800s. Most of the buildings are in use for shops or offices, so your touring will be limited to the outside.
National Football Museum
One of the better-known sights in Preston was the National Football Museum, though its future in Preston is uncertain. The museum was recently closed with a planned move to Manchester in a new location.
Ribble Steam Railway
The historic railway is only open during the summer months (between April and September), and then just on the weekends, plus there are usually a few special events over Christmas as well. So if you are in Preston during those times, you can see the old steam engines and take a ride along the railway, a 3-mile round trip. The museum and main station is at the Riversway Docklands.
When Should You Visit?:
It never gets overly hot in Preston so travelling during the summer months is fine, though later in the summer can be rainy. Your best months would be between April and August. July and August are the warmest with highs of 19C (66F) but May will have more sunshine. Winters aren’t overly snowy and the temperatures will usually be above freezing, even at nights.