The once humble market town of Preston derived its name from the Old English for “priest’s settlement.”
Preston is most famous for its Guild Celebrations, which are held every 20 years and date back to 1179! The Guild is a week-long celebration packed with events and activities encompassing every aspect of the town.
An industrial boomtown in the 20th Century, Preston was once a proud engineering centre, prized for its textile manufacturing. Today, this city is a crucial centre of the British defence aerospace industry and home to a large financial sector, with a myriad of consultancies, insurance firms, and law firms.