Without further ado we continue our piece on discovering Preston, your new city and everything it has to offer!
6. The Harris Museum
The Harris museum has everything to offer to satisfy your inquisitive and cultural needs. Long standing as one of the landmarks of Preston, the visit to The Harris starts as you enter Market Square. The architecture that surrounds you is a delight for the eyes displaying the rich history Preston holds.
The Harris Museum holds its staple exhibitions and galleries throughout the years but always manages to surprise with its signature features. From talks held by musical icons to a spectacular outdoor live art event. The Harris Flights see’s the museum build a dramatic temporary flight of stairs onto the front of the building with a stage positioned at the bottom. It enables people to move from the flag market into the heart of the gallery with live acts booked to perform over a month long period.
7. Brockholes Nature Reserve
If the hustle and bustle of city life starts to wear a little thin it might be time for you to swap concrete and lights for grass and trees. A short bus journey outside the city centre will see you embark on a mystical and wonderful place filled with life. Brockholes Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to take a walk, relax, replenish your creative spark and heal your soul. Surrounded by trees, trails, rope swings and rivers, you’ll find yourself unwinding upon first arrival.
In the centre of the nature reserve is a magnificent floating island were you can find the information centre, a few shops and places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. But that’s not all Brockholes has to offer, regularly the island will hold different seasonal events each with their own twist. The Christmas markets at Brockholes has to be one of the best, being outside in a beautiful location, warming yourself up with coffee and roasted chestnuts and even getting to meet a family of reindeer.
If your looking for time a little time to un-wind then Brockholes is certainly a place to visit.
8. Coco’s Soul Food
Listed as the no.1 place to eat on Trip Adviser for Preston, Coco’s really is the city favourite. Everything about this place is brilliant, the friendly staff, the gorgeous home cooked authentic soul food, the cosy decor, the chilled out modern atmosphere and even the other customers, it would seem everyone really does get together to grab a Coco’s.
From their famous jerk chicken wraps to the succulent steaks you are overwhelmed with flavour. The freshest ingredients and the simple but perfect recipes create dishes you’ll be talking about for weeks, in fact you’ll probably drive your house mates crazy until they try it themselves. But how can we talk about the food without mentioning Coco’s special sauce! You will be contemplating presenting them with a bucket and a fist full of cash in return for that sweet sweet sauce.
9. Ships and Giggles
Lets cut straight to the chase, if your moving to Preston as a student you are going to hear at The Ships and Giggles. Renowned as the favourite bar for Preston’s young students The Ships and Giggles never fails to get a party started. Whether its a regular Saturday night, hip hop Mondays, Open mic Fridays or even FIFA night they have something up their sleeve every night of the week.
The Ships and Giggles has one of the most impressive beer gardens in Preston, to feel like your constantly on holiday (minus the cold) is heavenly. The beer garden is surrounded by bamboo walls that meet a waterproof cover with fitted heaters underneath! Whatever the weather you can guarantee a cool refreshing pint in a tropical location, right in the heart of Preston.
10. The Moorbrook
Now this is a special one. If your into your real craft ale and your fine spirits then The Moorbrook is one you’ll certainly want to check out. This gem of Preston has a strange almost old world feel about it, it’s very easy to feel like time is just passing by slowly when your sat by the fine enjoying taking in your surroundings. The selection of ales, beers and larger is phenomenal, in fact its a real beer lovers dream. You can get anything from a strong 12% dark ale all the way to a 4% strawberry fruit beer.
The Moorbrook is made from its fine selection of alcohol but its the atmosphere than encapsulates you and draws you back for more every time. Its the sort of place you can sit at the bar and read the paper if you fancy a bit of me time, it’s also a great place to meet new people and share a laugh or two but most of all, when The Moorbrook wants to turn it up, they turn it up!
Hosting regular live music and art events The Moorbrook knows how to party. With live bands, BBQ, Outdoor bar and an awesome beer garden The Moorbrook isn’t shy when it comes to making a little noise. But the beer isn’t the only thing on the menu at The Moorbrook. Their fire baked pizzas are soon becoming talk of the town with their outdoor oven burning through the night to keep their loyal following full.
Well this concludes our run down of the 10 best places to discover in Preston for any new student and remember if your new to this city there is always something to do.Return to News