An impressive Grade I listed Greek Revival building in the heart of the city centre containing extensive collections of fine and decorative art including a gallery of clothes and fashion. The lively exhibition programmes of contemporary art and social history are accompanied by events and activities throughout the year. The history gallery - Discover Preston - celebrates the stories, people and events that have shaped the city. See website for special events and workshops.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Wheelchair available, ramp to entrance, hearing loop, audio visual guide to Egyptian Balcony is on 2nd floor
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Tue-Sat 10-5, Mon 11-5. Closed Sun & BHs
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About the area
Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.
The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.
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