Monday 12th of October 2015
1. Museum of Lancashire
If you’re visiting Lancashire for the first time or want to know more about the county that Preston calls home then the Museum of Lancashire is your best starting point. It introduces Lancashire in an entertaining and engaging way and offers something for visitors of all ages. It is well organised into clear, separate family-friendly galleries including Lancashire at Work, Lancashire Through Time and Lancashire Goes to War. It’s centrally located and easy to spot and will introduce everything you need to know about Preston and Lancashire, including its most famous people, the hidden stories of the county and there’s also a café to enjoy.
2. Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Founded in 1893, the Harris Museum and Gallery has been providing education and inspiration to the people of Lancashire and their guests for all this time. It works tirelessly to provide a local feel to its collections and has a proactive atmosphere, designed to get people interested in history and art and approach them in a new way.
They have a diverse collection of fine art, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, historical objects and costumes and the building itself is in the heart of Preston, Grade I listed because of its cultural importance and beautiful architectural design. Despite its historic roots the Harris Museum has galleries dedicated to new media art and also the Discover Preston gallery which was opened in 2012 and dedicated solely to showing off the highlights of the city, its past and people.
3. Ribble Steam Railway
One of Preston’s hidden gems, tucked away in the heart of the former industrial docklands, the Ribble Steam Railway is one day out visitors and locals alike really enjoy. It’s a chance to step back in time and experience the golden age of locomotion and it’s distance from the city centre is convenient for driving your Easirent Preston hire car out to the docklands, parking up and enjoying the day.
It has been open to the public since 2005 and you can board the train and travel along the dock and riverside line as well as enjoy the on-site museum and workshop. The train travels 3 miles in total and the volunteers who run the project are passionate about the railways and making them accessible and enjoyable to all. Special events run throughout the year including Santa Trains but also Teddy Bears Picnics, Steam Gala Weekends and Friendly Engine events.
4. Ribchester Roman Museum
The only specialist Roman museum in the whole of Lancashire sits not far from Preston and is in its centenary year in 2015. It was opened in 1915 at the Ribchester Museum of Roman Antiquities under the guidance and direction of Margaret Greenall. The centenary year is a perfect time to visit as they’ve called back many loan items from other museums around the UK including the Ribchester Roman Helmet which came back from the British Museum and the brand new interactive 3D model of the fort, built using advanced computer-aided design technology.
5. Lancashire Infantry Museum
Claiming to be the largest Regimental archive and centre for military history research in the North of England, Lancashire Infantry Museum calls Fulwood Barracks its home. The Barracks are still serving and are also one of Preston’s many listed buildings.
The museum has a huge collection of Militaria and covers the history of the three regiments of the country, with stories that date back to the 17th century and even earlier Objects relating to all three regiments as well as volunteers, the Territorial Army, cadets and home guard are all on display.