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Lancashire Encouter

Planning your Encounter

However you want to spend your Lancashire Encounter, Preston has all you need for a fuss-free stay, whether it's your first visit to the city or you're a regular.

Getting there

Preston is ideally located with easy access via the M6, M61, M55 and M65, perfect for those travelling by car or coach.

You'll also find a number of local bus service links to Preston Bus Station from many surrounding cities and areas.

If you plan on arriving by train, the city boasts a well-connected railway, with Preston Train Station being the West Coast main line railway station.

For more details on getting there visit Preston Guild City - Travel to Preston.

Getting around

Preston has many great ways for moving around the city with ease.

Whether you plan on taking your own car or hiring one upon arrival, Preston has both options covered as well as great road access in and outside of the city centre.

Preston also has a strong network of bus services to take advantage of, not to mention taxi services, bike rental and scenic paths to travel by foot.

For a trip with a difference, the 21 mile Guild Wheel is a circular route connecting the main highlights of the city, making an interesting way of getting about by foot or bike.

For more details on getting around visit Preston Guild City - Travel in and around Preston.


There are a number of parking options when visiting Preston city centre for both day and night.

Alternatively, there are also park and ride services, allowing you to park on the outskirts of the city centre and enjoy a short stroll or bus ride in.

For more details on where to park visit Preston Guild City - City centre parking.


Whether you're planning your trip alone, as a couple or as a family, Preston has an abundance of accommodation choices to suit your needs.

Choose from prestigious apartments or cosy hotels close to the buzz of the Lancashire Encounter Festival, or opt for a country stay or B&B on the outskirts of the city centre. The city has a diverse selection of places for all kinds of visitors.

For Preston's accommodation directory visit Preston Guild City - Accommodation.

Eat & Drink

Don't miss the opportunity to re-fuel and enjoy Preston's mouth-watering food and drink scene. Whether you're after a quick cup of coffee or a sit down meal, you'll find a variety of options to suit all your needs.

For Preston's eat & drink directory visit Preston Guild City - Eat & Drink.

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