A superb blend of rural opportunity and a multicultural city life makes Preston a strong northern presence.

  • Notable Residents

    (past & present)

    John Inman (Actor)
    Nick Park (Animator/Producer)
    Andrew 'Freddy' Flintoff (Cricket)

  • Population: 140,202

    • About Preston

      As you’d expect, the University of Central Lancashire is slap bang in the middle of Lancashire with three campuses, laying its main academic hat in its home in Preston.

      The city is in the heart of the North West, the gateway to the Lancashire countryside and happily supports one of the largest single university student populations in the country. 

      The uni has a growing reputation, and scored excellent in Education, Nursing and American Studies in particular. With one of the only new dental schools to open in over a century and a £15 million Media Factory, the uni is bringing in facilities and experience for an ever growing academic range. The city itself is staunchly proud of its Northern setting, and has a not-always-healthy rivalry with nearby Blackpool and Burnley. 

      The marina has been done up and makes an attractive shopping and entertainment complex, with an ever-lively drinking scene in the bars and pubs. Preston comes together to celebrate its multicultural nature every now and then, with a variety of festivals and street-packing events celebrating the eclectic cultures in the city. UCLan students have a party reputation to rival the best, and many enjoying living up to it and more in the city’s venues and frequent SU arranged entertainment.

      Points of Interest

      Map Key

      • City Centre
      • The University of Central Lancashire


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      Interesting Facts

      • Preston began as a village. It was called Priest's tun, which means priest's farm or estate

      • Preston North End hold the record for the highest ever score in English football, defeating Hyde united 26-0 in the FA Cup 1st Round 15 October 1887

      • Preston’s Caribbean Carnival, founded in 1974, is one of the oldest in the UK