New Homes in Preston
Welcome to Preston
Whether you’re exploring the countryside, visiting museums or enjoying some retail therapy, there’s something for everyone close to your new home in Preston. Located in the North West of England just a short drive from Blackburn, Lancaster and Blackpool, Preston is a well-connected city with lots to offer families of all ages.
A quick history
Preston’s history dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, when it was a settlement for priests. By the Middle Ages Preston was a market town, with industries including wool making and weaving. During the industrial revolution, the town thrived with the introduction of several factories, but the textile industry gradually declined during the 20th century. Preston was made a city in 2002, making it the 50th city in England.
Business and industry
Today Preston is home to a number of big employers, including BAE Systems at Warton and Samlesbury, and Carphone Warehouse. There is also a nuclear plant at Springfields, while the distribution company James Hall and Co are located nearby.
Things to do in the area
If you’re moving to Preston with a young family, there are lots of popular kid-friendly attractions nearby including Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Bowland Wild Boar Park and Brockholes Nature Reserve.
The city is also home to the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston Guild Wheel and the Museum of Lancashire, while Ribble Steam Railway and Avenham and Miller Parks are also great places to spend a few hours.
For an afternoon of retail therapy, St George’s Shopping Centre is in the centre of Preston, while Deepdale is on the outskirts of the city.
Travel and commuting
Whether you’re travelling for work or leisure, Preston is well-connected by road and rail, with the M6 nearby and a busy train station. Manchester is 55 minutes away from Preston by car or just 40 minutes by train, while the journey to Blackpool takes just 30 minutes by car or train. Blackburn is a 20 minute train journey from the city, while Lancaster can be reached in just 15 minutes by train or 35 minutes by car.
If you’re travelling further afield, the direct train journey to London only takes two hours 10 minutes. Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport can both be reached in around one hour by car.