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“A pleasant oasis in the town centre”

Avenham and Miller Parks
Ranked #2 of 64 things to do in Preston
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A pleasant oasis in the town centre”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Two parks situated a short walk from the centre of Preston. There are a variety of areas and gardens within the parks with plenty of seating to sit and ponder.
Several office workers were in the park at lunchtime having their sandwiches and relaxing in the nice weather. A great place to explore though it is hilly as the park drops down to the banks of the River Ribble from the town centre.
Do note that we did have difficulties finding somewhere to park as our sat-nav took us close by but not in an area where we could enter the park. Best to go to South Meadow Lane, close to the Continental pub where there is free parking by the river. Then a short walk under the railway arches and you are in Miller Park.

Visited July 2014
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Preston, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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“Beautiful Park!”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's a beautiful park, a real gem just off the centre of Preston. It's always a good place to relax and just hang out or take a walk around, it's always kept in great condition aswell.

Visited June 2014
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England
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“Well cared for, great place for picnics/kids/snoozing”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

On the 2 days of sunshine a year Preston gets, Avenham is the best place to go. Little gardens, couple of fountainy things, Victorian/Georgian architecture surrounding sloping, well kept lawns. The other side is enclosed by the river Ribble. There's a pavillion serving teas, coffees and sandwiches, and a pub called the Continental is off to the right as you look at the river (just under the bridge).

Visited August 2013
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“Great place to hangout”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

One of the best places to relax and watch the world go by on those rare sunny days, also there is a little bit of history for you to find (look for plaque near the pond)

Visited June 2014
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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“Beautiful renovation and up keep”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Possibly one of our favourite locations in Preston whatever the weather.

Although I didn't see the park before it was renovated, the renovation is very obvious and the park is kept in a wonderful condition. Rarely do you see any unkempt areas or litter. The new cafe is nice and serves ice creams but is a tad expensive!

In summer we often find a quiet spot and just sit and sun bathe, as do many people and on a weekend it will get very busy! When the weather is nice during student season you'll see large groups of students playing sports or having bbq's. Situated right next to the river, we like to walk through Avenham, down the river and then back again on the other side. It's a long enough walk to spend a nice time talking but not too long that it will tire you out.

In autumn and winter the weather might not be as nice but the trees turn a lovely varying shade of browns and reds and if you wrap up appropriately enough, again the walk is nice.

They've just started allowing weddings in the Park. I don't know how expensive it is but I've been told it's cheaper than one would expect. If the British weather wasn't so unpredictable I'd imagine a wedding within the park would be beautiful.

Different festivals are held within the park at different times of the year. Easter Egg rollling down the hill is always a very popular one! There's also a play ground for younger children which always seems busy.

All in all a lovely park. I possibly wouldn't venture through it late at night, mainly as there are quite a few places I wouldn't venture late at night in Preston but that bares no reflection on the park. Overall it's a completely free way to enjoy an afternoon.

Visited April 2014
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