Situated on the edge of the River Ribble and with a growing population, Preston is the perfect blend of a bustling busy city and rolling green countryside. As well as being home to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and Preston North End Football Club, Preston has garnered itself a reputation over the years for having a fantastic cultural offering for a city of its size.
With six museums and dozens of open parks, there’s certainly plenty to do in Preston. The city’s main shopping area in the town centre has been undergoing a revival with plenty of new independent restaurants, bars and shops to choose from. Like many small cities, it’s the people of Preston that make it such a fantastic place to live. Famed for their friendliness, it’s a welcoming town to newcomers and is therefore a great place to settle down and buy property.
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Preston’s transport links are very good. Serviced by the M6, the M55, the M65 and the M61, it’s easy to get to destinations such as Scotland, Liverpool, Manchester and the Midlands. By train, it’s possible to travel to London or Glasgow in little more than two hours. Preston train station also services many local towns and villages making it an ideal journey for commuters.
Around Preston, buses are a popular mode of transport, with regular and reliable services around the suburbs as well as the city centre itself. The town centre also has many affordable or free car parks to encourage you to make the most of the city on your days off.
Preston is fantastically located for easy access to the major cities of Manchester or Liverpool, as well as the beauty spots of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales or the Forest of Bowland. The cost of living is reasonable here too. Areas like Cadley, Tulketh and Lostock Hall, are some of the most popular places to live, with a variety of housing including everything from Victorian terraces to suburban semis.
Around these areas, there are a variety of schools, many of which are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The Fulwood and Cadley Primary School is liked by parents who feel that their children are happy there. At secondary level, Our Lady’s Catholic High School is also well regarded.
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