Introducing Preston

From historic links to the Industrial Revolution to those involving Preston North End and the football league, there's plenty to savour in Preston.

Preston is just two hours from London by train and less than an hour from Manchester, and is currently investing significantly in its infrastructure, including public transport.

The city is renowned for its football and has a claim to be its 'home', with Preston's Deepdale football stadium said to be the oldest in the world.

As well as high street shops and famous brands, there are bustling indoor and outdoor markets, selling fresh Lancashire produce. A variety of boutique and independent shops also possess a long and successful history of their own.

Head east and you'll find the vibrant town of Blackburn, offering great food and a vibrant cultural scene. Head west and you'll find the seaside town of Blackpool, which quite literally has everything (including the UK's fastest and tallest rollercoaster).

Whether you love delving into history, exploring the countryside, seeing some great entertainment or simply want to relax with some good food and a few drinks, Preston has something for you.

There are more than 680 schools in the wider Lancashire region, covering all levels of teaching.

Click here to read more about Preston, named the best city in north-west England in 2016.