Museums in Preston

Museums & Galleries in Preston

Make the most of your stay at Tickled Trout Hotel by visiting some of the area’s top cultural attractions. Our pick of the best museums and galleries in and around Preston features spaces showcasing the rich industrial past of the city, contemporary artworks from the next generation of creatives and family friendly museums.

Ribble Steam Railway

Alongside the opportunity to enjoy a 3-mile riverside heritage train ride in one of the faithfully restored locomotives, visitors to The Ribble Steam Railway can delve into region’s industrial past at the museum. There is a large collection of trains and exhibits to explore and regular events, including Gala Days and Santa Specials, mean that every visit to this attraction will prove both enlightening and entertaining.

Lancashire Infantry Museum

Fans of military history will not want to miss out on a trip to the Lancashire Infantry Museum, which houses one of the largest Infantry Regimental collections in the country. Located at Fullwood Barracks, the museum displays a range of collections that illustrate the fascinating history and proud achievements of five Lancashire Regiments and plots their past.

Image courtesy Lancashire Infantry Museum.

Hanover Project

Located at The University of Central Lancashire, The Hanover Project was established to provide students with the opportunity to work alongside professional artists. Each year the gallery opens to showcase works from the Fine Art Degree Show. Time your visit well and you may get to experience one of the presentations, film screenings, workshops or performance events put on by an exhibiting artist.

Image courtesy of The Hanover Project.

Harris Museum

Undoubtedly one of the gems of Preston’s cultural scene, The Harris Museum, Gallery & Library’s Grade I-listed building is a striking example of Neoclassical architecture. Once the restoration of the building is complete in 2024, visitors will be able to enjoy inspiring collections that span fine art, sculpture, photography, and digital mediums as well as historically significant artefacts.