Preston’s best view? Beautiful Broadgate

Posted on - 1st May, 2010 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Opinion

View from BroadgateThe days are drawing longer, the air is growing warmer and the flowers are blossoming brighter. Ah yes, ladies and gentlemen, it appears spring is creeping back upon us.


Spring does a lot of brilliant things; it sends the first tantalising smells of early-evening barbecues  into the air, it prompts the birds to chirp with a little more cheer, and, of course, it strives to show some wonderful and beautiful parts of  Preston in all their splendid glory.

In few places is this any more evident than Broadgate.

It really is very easy to fall in love with this gorgeous place at this time of year.

Head out for an early evening stroll and, beyond the  arresting architecture, you’ll find grand, old trees standing impressively, their bright green leaves reaching out to a crisp, blue sky and waving you onwards, along the side of a river which, with a glistening sun dancing lightly on the water, provides an amazing view.

As if such a view wasn’t enough to steal your heart, Broadgate reveals its real masterpiece just a little way down the road.

Stroll on further and make your way towards The New Continental where, with a cold, refreshing glass of something tasty in hand, you can sit out and enjoy a stunning view of the magnificent railway bridge, buffing its arched chest out proudly towards a strong sun as the river flows effortlessly beneath.

From there, it may be tempting to continue forth and take in an enjoyable gander through the park. Then again, you may simply want to turn round, retrace your footsteps and enjoy Broadgate’s wonderful views all over again.

It is, after all, very easy to fall in love with the place.

Of course, not everyone may agree, and so the only question which remains, dear Prestonians, is this:

What, in your opinion, is Preston’s best view?

Let us know in the comments below and feel free to send us photos of what you believe to be the best view in the city. You can email us at

This is a guest post from Chris Skoyles, a local blogger, writer and journalist who lives in the Broadgate area of the city.

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