During the era of coaches, Preston had become an important centre for postal traffic travelling from London to Scotland, which helped fuel the Lancashire economy, and this importance contributed to the development of the rail network around Preston. Passengers soon followed and the station, opened in 1838, became a popular rest-stop for those heading to the Highlands of Scotland. As a result, the station’s restaurant grew increasingly busy, and during both World Wars provided free meals for servicemen. The subscription funded Free Buffet Association served over 12 million cups of tea between 1939 and 1945 alone!
Preston has numerous places of interest just outside the station for you to explore, all within walking distance.
From Preston Railway Station to Preston city centre, it’s approximately a 7-minute walk via Butler Street and Fishergate.
Preston Station has 1000 spaces, including blue badge spaces.
Preston Station has 46 bike spaces available, including shelter and CCTV
Having a day out in Preston? We’ve created the following guide to tell you all the amazing activities and places to see while you’re there.