Adventures around Prestonwith PlusBus

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Preston is one of those places that might surprise a casual visitor with its wealth of great places to eat and drink, stroll, shop and explore the area’s history and culture. It’s surrounded by some breath-taking countryside and a PlusBus can take you out of the city and into the neighbouring villages for peaceful farmland and magnificent views.

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  • Great for: food and drink | hill walking | historic buildings | scenic bus and train | viewpoints |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in June 2024. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. British Commercial Vehicle Museum

    Your PlusBus ticket is valid in Leyland too, where you can explore The British Commercial Vehicle Museum. The history of Leyland Motors is closely connected to the town and here, in the old factory, you can see all kinds of amazing vehicles, from horse-drawn carts and steam-driven engines to early electric and hybrid technologies.

    • How do I get to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum by bus? Frequent bus 111 runs more or less directly there from Stand B outside Preston railway station. It stops near Leyland’s Gables pub about 40 minutes later. The museum is a very short walk away along Sumner Street and has a heritage cafe on site.
  1. 4. Eat your way round the world

    Back in Preston, there are no shortage of places to eat and drink. You could have South American tacos at Chamo or Korean ‘shrooms on toast at Rise. You could even take a culinary round-the-world tour on your way to the station.

    • You might like to start near the neoclassical Harris Art Gallery and Museum, which is closed for a big renovation project and due to open in 2025.
    • From Leyland, stay on bus 11 as far as Ring Way. From the university area, you could either stroll down Friargate or hop on a bus, for instance bus 46 to the bus station. This is another bus that goes to Longridge (see 1 above). Its hourly route between Preston and Longridge is leisurely and scenic, passing through a string of pretty villages.
    • On Market Place, close to the museum, is popular Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay. Whether you’re looking for a little pepper roti or a huge Jerk platter, this is a good call.
    • Across Brierly Street is a branch Of Street Food Mowgli. In these flamboyant restaurants, décor includes whole trees, fairy lights and swinging seats. The Preston Mowgli’s adds stylish green tiles and tall windows as part of the art deco arcade it’s built into. The menu features street food faves like chaat, tamarind fries and puri.
    • A couple of minutes’ walk down Fishergate towards the station, you can’t miss Bistro Pierre in a converted Victorian church. With stained glass and high ceilings, it’s a super-stylish venue for your pre-train cocktails!
    • For more car-free adventures in the area, see our guide to Blackpool and have a day by the sea.