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24hrs in Preston with Kids – Our Family Stay at No. 10 Preston

By Jenny Schippers – 29th September 2021
Preston with Kids No.10 Hotel Preston

24hrs in Preston with Kids – Our Family Stay at No. 10 Preston


We have just enjoyed an action-packed 24 hours exploring Preston in Lancashire with our two daughters, who are 4 and 7 years old. I know what you might be thinking; Preston probably isn’t top of the list for a weekend break away, but after a wonderful day and evening exploring this great Northern city, I am here to bust those myths!


Preston – the Perfect Family Staycation


Preston is a convenient, quick drive up the M6 from our home in Cheshire; it has excellent road and rail links with plenty of city centre parking and a West Coast mainline train station. With its unrivaled proximity to the Lake District, the Lancashire coastline, and the bustling cities of Manchester and Liverpool; Preston is a convenient stopping off and passing through point for many in the Northwest.


Introducing the No. 10 Preston Hotel


For our ‘24hrs in Preston with Kids’ itinerary, we were invited to stay in The Penthouse apartment at No. 10 Preston. This luxury serviced aparthotel is a fantastic option when spending a few days or longer in Preston. The hotel is centrally located, just a five-minute walk from the train station and a secure, long stay car park. It is tucked away on Theatre Street, just a short hop from the central shopping and entertainment district.

The Penthouse apartment at No. 10 Preston is huge; with three double/twin bedrooms (two with en-suite shower rooms), a sofa bed, and a hideaway kid’s mezzanine sleeping area. It can comfortably sleep 6-8 people. Together with the two en-suites, there is also a beautiful family bathroom, complete with a traditional roll-top bath and a handy kitchenette. With everything you could need for a short or longer stay, The Penthouse at No. 10 served as a spacious base for us to discover all that Preston has to offer.

24hrs in Preston with Kids – Our Must-Sees


With just 24 hours in Preston, here are our must-sees when travelling to the city with young children in tow.

Firstly, Preston is a really green city, just a few steps away from the high street brings you into Winckley Square; the surrounding grand, Georgian townhouses could be lifted straight out of a Dickensian novel and it feels a million miles away from the image of Preston you may conjure up. Winckley Square itself is a pleasant, grassed area with bench seating, ideal for picnics, and space for little ones to run off some energy in an enclosed space.

The Winckley Square Hotel, sister property to No. 10 Preston, is a great alternative if you fancy a more private stay when visiting Preston.

When visiting Winckley Square, why not grab a coffee from the nearby Cedarwood Coffee or pizza from The Café Bar situated on the quaint, cobbled Winckley Street. There is also the family-friendly staple, Pizza Express, at hand and the old dame, Bruccianis a 5-minute walk, serving their famous coke floats. Just around the corner, Fino Tapas, on Guildhall Street should be top of the list for a tempting tapas hit, served with a modern twist. With generous, delicious portions of tapas to suit all tastes, Finos is a light and bright family-friendly restaurant not to be missed when visiting Preston.

The rolling Avenham Park is a must-see; just a stone’s throw from Winckley Square, this huge municipal park sits on the banks of the River Ribble and offers locals and visitors alike, ample space to roam. The stunning Japanese Garden was developed in the 1970s and is worth a wander while close by, the children’s playground, accompanying toilets, and Pavilion Cafe are the perfect family set up. The paths here are all paved and while hilly in parts, make the ideal place for a scooter or bike.

Enjoy time playing among the trees along the riverbank and for the more adventurous, pick up the Preston Guild Wheel, a 21-mile ‘greenway’ cycle route encircling Preston. Be sure to stop for a coffee and a donut from Holy Grounds, tucked away in a garage, close to the park entrance, you won’t be disappointed.

Newly unveiled, the Wallace & Gromit Bench situated outside the Market Hall is a real treat for any fans of the show. Celebrating Preston’s famous son, and creator of Wallace & Gromit, Nick Park; the bronze bench immortalises the characters and allows visitors a ‘cracking’ photo opportunity.

Be sure to pop into the Market Hall when passing to stock up on fresh local produce, including a Preston pie and a look at the Wallace & Gromit themed collectibles over the road at Karen’s Collectibles.

Nearby, the Harris Museum, Art Gallery, and Library is open Monday – Saturday and is a free, family-friendly activity, ideal on wetter days. With a calendar of events, it’s always best to check their happenings before visiting.


Preston – the Perfect Base to Explore Lancashire


Preston serves as a brilliant base to explore the Lancashire coastline, including the traditional Lytham St. Anne’s and the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations and Pleasure Beach. Just a 45-minute drive from Preston, the Blackpool Illuminations are running for even longer in 2021, beginning on the 3rd of September and lighting up nightly right through to the 3rd of January 2022.

With an extension of two months on normal years, there is plenty of opportunities to combine a visit to Preston with a trip to see the lights. Whether you choose to walk, drive, or ride the lights on a vintage tram, the Blackpool Illuminations are an annual nod to nostalgia for many.

A short drive out of the city, there are two wonderful days out to consider when visiting Preston with kids. Brockholes Nature Reserve, a 250-acre wetland nature reserve featuring an impressive floating visitor centre, is an oasis of calm. There are miles of accessible routes, bird hides, woodland walks, and a calendar of events to enjoy.

Equally, Samlesbury Hall is considered one of Lancashire’s most beautiful historic homes. This half-timbered building, dating back to 1325, was originally built as a family home before being acquired by the Salmesbury Hall Trust in 1920 to protect it from being destroyed. Nowadays visitors can enjoy tours of the hall, ghost hunts, the picturesque formal gardens, and cafe.


Preston – the Ideal City Break


Preston is the perfect mix of town and country making it the ideal city-break in my opinion; with an abundance of walkable sights, a central location for exploring Lancashire, and a thriving food and drinks scene, Preston has it all. Although not as polished as other great Northern cities, what Preston lacks in finesse, it certainly makes up for in heart and soul.

The people of Preston are friendly and approachable, and quite simply put, you won’t be fighting with huge crowds of tourists to enjoy it. ‘Go here instead’ is a great ethos to live by in these post-pandemic times; choosing somewhere a little less obvious will not only allow you to explore a place that others may not have considered, but it’ll often be a more affordable and enjoyable experience all round.

No. 10 Preston was a brilliant base for our weekend adventure, allowing us to easily explore this up-and-coming city; keep your eyes peeled: Preston, I predict great things!

If you are planning a romantic city break, why not add on the ‘Ultimate Romance Package’ to your stay and celebrate in style with roses, chocolate, and Champagne.


Enjoy Reading?

Why not read all about our stay at Hotel Chester – the ideal base for a family or romantic stay in Chester.



Jenny x


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to stay at No. 10 Preston free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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