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Avenham and Miller Park

Designed by Edward Milner, the Avenham Park and Miller Park are the finest examples of Victorian Parks. Listed as an English Heritage Grade II garden, the duo attracts thousands of tourists every year. Avenham and Miller Park features splendid Japanese Gardens, open lawns and various structures including The Belvedere pavilion, a cafe, and a small area designated for different events like concerts held throughout the year. Community events like Mela and Easter Monday are too held here.

Church of St. Walburge

Church of St. Walburge is an active Roman Catholic church and is a Grade I listed building marked by the English Heritage. Built in the 19th Century in a Gothic Revival style, the most prominent feature of this church is its 94 meter (309 feet) spire. The church is known for its spectacular architectural quality derived from the amalgamation of traditional features in creative and inventive ways. The rose window, New Red Sandstone facade, open wooden roof, wooden triptych, a crucifix decorated with the shield of Preston and St. Ignatius of Loyola's representation in the sanctuary are some of the impressive features of this church.

Ribble Steam Railway

More than just your regular museum, Ribble Steam Railway is a unique rail museum and a perfect family-destination for a day of fun train rides and more. Opened to public in 2005, the museum houses historic standard gauge preserved steam locomotives, rail exhibits and gives visitors a chance to ride along the 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) line in a steam locomotive. They have various train tour timings and many family and school tour packages, which include a guided tour of the museum, workshop and a train ride. Party/Gala train rides are also available wherein you can reserve a coach and host your own private party or celebrations like birthdays, special events etc. For some days open times may vary on account of various events held throughout the year.

Harris Museum

Established in 1893, this historic building has been a pride of the local community and upheld local culture. A leading museum in Lancashire, Harris Museum has the largest gallery space and houses rare collections which record the history of the region. The impressive collection expands over 70,000 objects including historical artifacts, fine art paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, contemporary art pieces, textiles, ceramics and more. Doubling up as a contemporary art venue, the museum is host to a number of art exhibitions throughout the year and has art galleries showcasing work of local artists. Besides various amusing artifacts, the 13,500 year old 'Poulton Elk' is a must see! Also, look out for Mrs French's 2700 scent bottles and the Egyptian Balcony which adorns murals done by John Somerscales between 1909 to 1913.

Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall is a majestic manor house, dating back to the 14th Century. Born out of the imagination of Gilbert de Southworth, this historic house welcomes visitors who wish to learn about its legacy and history. It also doubles up as an event space for concerts, exhibitions, functions, weddings, receptions and theatrical acts.

Preston Guild Hall

Opened in a celebration of the Preston Guild in 1972, the Guild Hall is a massive concert hall which can accommodate up to 2000 people and hosts over 300 events annually. The magnificent concert hall has been a host to a range of artists and band performances from all around the world. After a glamorous make-over in 1999, the guild hall complex has seen further glory with additional gigs and sporting events like wrestling, darts, badminton, snooker, boxing and more. The venue caters to the diverse needs and is a glorious local landmark. A visit to one of its many action-packed events is guaranteed to give you a thrill of a lifetime.

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