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Ranked #1 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Sited at the rear of GARDEN CENTRE Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a pure volunteer based, non profit group... more » Owner description: Sited at the rear of GARDEN CENTRE Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a pure volunteer based, non profit group of volunteers.The flying display give you the visitors, Children & Adults, the chance to participate in the flying display and have our birds land on your gloved hand as they fly to you for their food.We have a collection of over 80 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species.All the birds are housed in large open fronted aviaries, sheltered in a woodland setting. We assist conservation and education of these beautiful Birds and we are involved with an average of 50 rescues each year. « less
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Ranked #2 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Trails; Outdoors
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Ranked #3 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Museums
Owner description: On the outskirts of Preston's bustling city centre the Museum of Lancashire is your perfect introduction to all things... more » Owner description: On the outskirts of Preston's bustling city centre the Museum of Lancashire is your perfect introduction to all things Lancashire. From entertainers and seaside holidays, to archaeology and industry, wildlife and the war years, our range of family friendly displays and activities means that there really is something for everyone. Uncover fabulous stories and the hidden histories of local Lancashire folk past and present as well as celebrating some of the more well known characters from Lancashire's past. Housed in the former Quarter Sessions House, one of Preston's oldest buildings, the Museum of Lancashire is your gateway to more than 2000 years of Lancashire's history. Admission is guaranteed to stay free for the next few years, so come along and start your journey! « less
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Ranked #4 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Hoghton Tower (Hoghton)
Ranked #5 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Castles; Cultural
Owner description: Hoghton Tower is one of Lancashire’s gems – come and find out why. A Tudor – Elizabethan manor and the ancestral home of the... more » Owner description: Hoghton Tower is one of Lancashire’s gems – come and find out why. A Tudor – Elizabethan manor and the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, the Tower stands proudly on its hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Join a guided tour of the panelled state rooms to hear about the history of the house, the family and the distinguished guests who have enjoyed the house over the centuries. Stroll through the beautiful walled gardens and take in the views. Kids will love the underground passages, the ramparts, dungeons and Dolls House collection. Take a browse in the gift shop and finish your day out in the tea room.Private and School tours available year round with prior arrangement. On the third Sunday of each month, come to our Farmers Market – ‘The Merchant of Hoghton’- a celebration of regional produce. Hoghton Tower can be hired on an exclusive basis for your private pary or wedding. Stay overnight in the Irishman's Tower. All income from tours benefits the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust – preserving heritage for all. « less
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Ranked #6 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #7 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Art Museums; Shops; Museums
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Samlesbury Hall (Samlesbury)
Ranked #8 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the... more » Owner description: Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the Hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel. Saved from demolition in the 1920’s by six local businessmen, it remains in the Charitable Trust today with the aim of maintaining and keeping open for the visitors to enjoy.With the turbulent history of catholic families, the haunting of Lady Dorothy Southworth (and others), a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the early 20th Century is all waiting to be discovered.Samlesbury Hall also offers the very best of Lancashire, with exhibitions from local artists, antiques and collectibles and a gift shop, which sells high quality Lancashire produce.The extensive grounds are delightful and even include a small selection of animals in an ever increasing menagerie. The gardens also feed the kitchen and the award-winning restaurant and coffee lounge.Samlesbury Hall is open to visitors all year round and promises something for all the family « less
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Ranked #9 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Scenic Railroads; Museums
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Ranked #10 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Water sports; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 25 attractions in Preston
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Ranked #12 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #13 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #14 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, whether you’re a... more » Owner description: Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, we have something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature! On the site of an old quarry, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. You can take a stroll by the River Ribble, explore our woods or enjoy the lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see! Our spectacular floating Visitor Village means that you are as close to nature as possible, and features a gift shop, local food store and a restaurant providing stunning views across the lake. You can also discover our interactive Welcome Centre and learn all about the wildlife that you could see on-site, discover the exciting play area and explore our network of walks and trails (including shorter ones for little legs). After exploring the reserve you can sit back and relax in our restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful lake view with a coffee and a tasty treat or a long leisurely meal. The Nest, our Brockholes gift shop is brimming with an inspiring collection of gifts, jewellery, books, toys, arts & crafts and other exciting treasures to remind you of your day. We aim to buy with a 'conscience' and we do this because we want to, as well as knowing you want us to. Stop by the Larder on the Lake for a wonderful range of local and regional products, as well as quality foods and drinks from around the world. There is a delicatessen counter for speciality meats and cheeses, as well as ice cream on the cone, and other delicious goodies to entice the taste buds! « less
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Stydd Gardens (Ribchester)
Ranked #15 of 25 attractions in Preston
Owner description: We are not a typical garden centre. Set amidst our gardens you will find a collection of creative and imaginative businesses... more » Owner description: We are not a typical garden centre. Set amidst our gardens you will find a collection of creative and imaginative businesses run by enthusiastic and passionate people. From an exciting garden design company, a real garden nursery where most of the plants are grown on site and specializing in old fashioned roses, to a delightful cafe and tea room housed in our exquisite glasshouse. A unique Wine Merchant & vintage lighing specialist, The Pendle Herb Company, whilst also an enchanting wedding venue complete with vintage marquee « less
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Ranked #16 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Museums
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St Wilfrid's Church (Ribchester)
Ranked #17 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #18 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The museum contains informative and colourful displays about the prehistory and Roman history of Ribchester, using many... more » Owner description: The museum contains informative and colourful displays about the prehistory and Roman history of Ribchester, using many archaeological finds from the site, including coins, sculpture and metalwork. There are also remains of the Roman fort and baths outside the museum. Regular events and temporary exhibitions take place throughout the year. Pre-booked guided tours and educational visits can be arranged by email. « less
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Ranked #19 of 25 attractions in Preston
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Ranked #20 of 25 attractions in Preston
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Ranked #21 of 25 attractions in Preston
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Ranked #22 of 25 attractions in Preston
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Ranked #23 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Scenic Railroads; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 25 attractions in Preston
Ranked #25 of 25 attractions in Preston
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
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