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City of Preston, Lancashire is home to Preston North End F.C., one of the founder members of the Football League. Charles Dickens visited Preston in January 1854 during a strike by cotton workers that had by that stage lasted for 23 weeks. This was part of his research for the novel Hard Times in which the town of "Coketown" is based on the city of Preston.

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Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum
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Ribble Steam Railway
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Harris Museum & Art Gallery
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Museum of Lancashire
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Avenham & Miller Parks
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Museum of Lancashire

Museum of Lancashire is housed in a grade II listed former quarter sessions house Celebrate the achievements of our famous Lancastrians and discover the objects and hidden stories of Lancashire folk past and present who have helped to shape the county.

Lancashire at Play: Roll up, roll up for a celebration of Lancashire humour, music, entertainments and seaside holidays!

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Avenham & Miller Parks

Avenham & Miller Parks are adjoining Parks that lie in the picturesque Avenham valley close to Preston city centre. Even though the parks are close to Preston’s main shopping and business area, their tranquil setting on the banks of the River Ribble offers a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
A 40-space car park just 30 metres away from the entrance to Miller Park, the postcode is PR1 8JP.

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Ribble Steam Railway

Ribble Steam Railway is a standard gauge preserved railway opened to the public on 17 September 2005, running along Preston Docks. Visit the Ribble Steam Railway on any weekend between May and September for steam train rides along our line. The three mile return trip includes crossing the dock swing bridge and then along the bank of the River Ribble, giving views of The City of Preston that are unique.

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Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Harris Museum & Art Gallery is a Grade I listed museum building and has the largest gallery space in Lancashire. The Harris collections cover fine art, decorative art, costume, textiles and history including important collections on archaeology and local history. The museum has a permanent history gallery called Discover Preston which covers Preston's history but also includes a Discovery Room featuring the wider collections.

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Lancashire Infantry Museum

Queens Lancashire Regiment Museum, at Fulwood Barracks claims to be "the largest Regimental archive and the premier centre for military historical research in the North West of England.It chronicles the men of Lancashire who fought for their country during the wars. It also acts as an archive of battles fought by the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and its antecedent regiments, the East Lancashire, South Lancashire, Loyal North Lancashire, and Lancashire (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiments.