Award for Preston's '˜excellent' parks

Preston's iconic Avenham and Miller Parks have been given the seal of approval by their visitors, as the green spaces were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 12:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:20 pm
This years Race for Life at Avenham and Miller Parks

The award means the parks have been given consistently great reviews and ratings on the website over the last year, and has been described as a “fantastic achievement”.

As leaders celebrate the latest accolade, the Lancashire Evening Post looks at the best things to do in and around Preston, according to TripAdvisor.

Top of the list is Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Whitestake, near Penwortham, which also has a Certificate of Excellence.

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Nipper a Bengalese Eagle Owl at Turbary Woods Owl And Bird Sanctuary Preston

It has five out of five stars awarded and 1,209 reviews.

Next in the rankings are Preston’s Avenham and Miller Parks.

Coun Robert Boswell, Preston Council’s cabinet member for community and environment, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for two of Preston’s outstanding parks.

“On behalf of the council and the hardworking parks team, I would like to thank members of the public for the TripAdvisor reviews that has led to this recognition.”

Nipper a Bengalese Eagle Owl at Turbary Woods Owl And Bird Sanctuary Preston

Samlesbury Hall is next in the list, followed by the Museum of Lancashire, both of which have a Certificate of Excellence.

Nature and wildlife areas dominate the top 10, including Bowland wild boar park, Beacon Fell country park, and Preston Guild Wheel. The attractions also have the Certificate of Excellence, attracting families from across the county.

At number eight on the list is Brockholes Nature Reserve, followed by Hoghton Tower and Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

Both Hoghton Tower and the Harris have a Certificate of Excellence.

Anna Izza of Marketing Lancashire said: “We’re very lucky to have so many superb green spaces in our towns and cities in Lancashire, as well as historic and cultural attractions, stunning countryside and coastline, and world class events on our doorstep, that together attract over 63 million visitors a year to Lancashire.

“We have incredible choice in Lancashire, something to suit everyone’s taste, and with many of our most acclaimed attractions such as Avenham and Miller Parks, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and the Guild Wheel all free to enjoy, it’s no surprise that they regularly appear as visitor favourites and are cherished by those who live here.”

The rankings were correct on Wednesday, June 29.