Preston is one of the main railway stations serving the West Coast Line of the UK and local services around the counties of Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. The major services operating through Preston Station are provided by Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. Virgin Trains operate an hourly service from London Euston to Preston, which calls at stations including Wigan. Virgin Trains also operates services from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Preston is also served by local rail operator Northern Rail, which operates services to here from Colne, Burnley, Blackpool, Windermere and Liverpool Lime Street. Further services are operated to Preston Railway Station by TransPennine Express, which includes services from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and from stations in Yorkshire. Finally, traditional sleeper services are operated to and from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling by First ScotRail.
The traditional centre of the county of Lancashire, Preston offers a wide variety of attractions and cultural activities, alongside access to the countryside of the Lancashire Moors and the Lake District. Preston is home to the historic Deepdale football stadium and Preston North End, one of the founding members of the English Football League. Deepdale Stadium is home to the National Football Museum and its wide variety of exhibits detailing the history of English football. Local life and history are also detailed in the constantly changing exhibits within the Harris Library and Museum, which is housed in a historic building in the centre of the town. For those searching for shopping opportunities, the main Fishergate Road sees around two miles of stores and two shopping centre's within the city centre. Taking a short drive out of the city brings many opportunities for visitors looking for some outdoor activities. The historic Pendle Hill offers outdoor pursuits and tours of the site of the famous witch trials of the 17th century.