Found on the banks of the River Ribble near the west coast of England, Preston is a classic English town with strong traditions, amazing scenery and friendly locals. A lively market town for many centuries, Preston was only granted city status in 2002, which continues to grow and evolve into a modern city while always retaining its country charm. With excellent roads connecting towns and cities in the area, Preston is an ideal place to visit while travelling by your rental car in the UK. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a hire car in Preston is both easy and economical.
Preston is a city blessed with stunning scenery in all directions, and options for day trips in your rental car are seemingly endless. Recommended drives include cruising along the coast of the Irish Sea to the west, and to the north you can explore the hills and rocky outcrops of the Forest of Bowland. If you are exploring north of the city and travelling with children, be sure to check out the Bowland Wild Boar Park. A great day out for the whole family, the park contains loads of friendly animals that can be fed and patted, and there are also some great rides youngsters are sure to enjoy.
Back in town, there is one attraction in particular worth visiting, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Established in 1893, the museum houses permanent displays on the history of the area, as well as temporary exhibits on themes such as fashion, glass, ceramics and textiles. The gallery contains a great collection of fine art and is a must for lovers of art visiting the city.
To see a well-preserved slice of local history, drive your hire car east of the city centre to Samlesbury Hall, located just a few minutes drive from Preston. Built in the 14th century, this manor has been preserved in all its glory and is a great example of a luxurious residence in the area.
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