Stay with us in England's newest city and our hotel in Samlesbury, Preston puts you at the heart of Lancashire. Not surprisingly, the Museum of Lancashire is here, now refurbished, with seven interactive galleries. Preston's certainly a city where country escapes are never far away. Since 2/3's of it is rural, you can treat the kids to an outdoor treasure hunt, follow a sculpture trail or enjoy a traditional Lancashire lunch with local ales and renowned farmhouse cheeses. The Ribble Steam Railway is another fine attraction, now with a new museum, workshops and plenty of beautifully restored locomotives.