Trains to Preston

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

The story of Preston

Preston is a city of many ‘firsts’. The first city outside of London to be lit by gas, the home to Britain's first motorway and even the first KFC on British soil. 

Once a small market town, Preston was known for textile manufacturing, dating back to the mid-13th century. Sir Richard Arkwright, a famous Prestonian, invented the Water Frame which revolutionised the cotton mill industry and helped put Preston on the map.

Preston sunset

Over the course of its history Preston has been hit by many economic changes but has bounced back in recent years, and in 2018 Preston was named ‘The most improved city in the UK’, for making substantial improvements to the city and welfare of its residents.  Now a vibrant place to explore and learn, Preston has so much to offer for a weekend away or even just a day trip.

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Preston

Preston is served by several Avanti West Coast routes making it easy to reach by train from all corners of Great Britain. Take a look at our 'Fastest Journey Times' table for more information on how to get to Preston from your favourite destinations.

Things to do in Preston

At only a ten minute walk from the train station, you will find the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, where you can delve into Prestons rich artistic history and immerse yourself in various local collections of natural history, textiles and ceramics. With an abundance of activities, exhibitions and events to see, there is something for the whole family.

If you fancy more train travel, enjoy a ride on the Ribble Steam Railway which is a functioning heritage railway line and museum, located near the Preston Docks. Travel on a 1960s style carriage for a three-mile return trip, over the dock swingbridge and alongside the stunning views of the River Ribble. Why not plan ahead and book afternoon tea aboard and enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of fizz and delicious cakes and sandwiches.

As one of the tallest buildings in the northwest of England, the Church of St Walburge is a must-see when visiting Preston. The Grade 1-listed Gothic Revival church was built in the 19th century and with a spire of 94 metres tall, it is renowned for having the tallest spire of any parish church in the country. Explore this historic church with a free guided tour every Saturday 11:30 to 14:30. 

So, what are you waiting for?
Have a great time in Preston and we’ll see you onboard.

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Station information:

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Preston station information

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