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Welcome to Preston Markets

Preston Markets effortlessly combine the city's long-established traditional traders with fresh modern stalls and a dependable, friendly northern atmosphere.

Prestonians are passionately proud of their vibrant northern city and its diverse history. Preston Market is located at the heart of Preston city centre, just a two-minute stroll from the majestic Harris Museum and Art Gallery and a five-minute walk from the infamous Preston Bus Station, Preston Markets has a welcoming community of local, family run businesses. 

Completed in 1875, the market canopy is famed for its elegant Victorian style, which was renovated in 2018, with the Outdoor Market and the new addition of the Market Hall located within. The award-winning Market Hall structure was carefully designed with glass ceilings and wooden panelling to provide views up into the restored canopy. The renovations have brought the market into the 21st century while preserving its history and heritage.

Today at Market Hall, you can find a fantastic array of fresh, local produce supplied daily by a range of amazing independent traders. From locally sourced cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables and artisan meats to freshly caught fish and high-quality cooked meats. There are also a number of retail shops selling a range of items (including phones, bags, shoes and beauty products), as well as phone and jewellery repairs, plus a piercing studio.

Why not come for lunch? With a variety of independent caf├ęs and food stalls you are spoiled for choice. From a charcuterie board to a famous Preston butter pie or a custom made hot or cold sandwich. Once you've eaten, why not enjoy a relaxing drink in the well-stocked, warm, and welcoming bar.

Before moving on, don't forget to stop by the fantastic bronze Wallace and Gromit Statue, with Wallace in the Wrong Trousers and Gromit reading his newspaper whilst sat on the bench. This extremely popular feature, and selfie hotspot, was erected at the south Market Hall entrance to honour the franchise creator Nick Park who attended the reveal, as he originated from Preston.

Complementing the new contemporary building is the innovative Box Market, made up of an assortment of independent traders occupying upgraded shipping containers. Taking inspiration from well-known markets in London, these containers offer visitors a unique contemporary shopping space unlike anywhere else in the North-West. 

Expect a colourful assortment of independent shops selling a consortium of items and services from real ales and vintage accessories to pet supplies, an eclectic mix of records for music enthusiasts, beds and bedding, plus a specialist coffee venue - a popular stop off for coffee enthusiasts.

Located in front of the Market Hall under the elegant Victorian canopy, the Outdoor Market has a vintage charm. 

Here you can find an eclectic mix of friendly independent traders. From fabulous flowers and rows of books covering a range of genres, to tables full of toys, beautiful fabrics, rugs, babywear and even military clothing, there's plenty of hidden gems to be discovered.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays when the outdoor market isn't operating, you will find the second hand market in its place. Similar to the outdoor market, there's a treasure trove of items waiting for you to explore. Peruse the antiques stall, check out the vintage toys and jewellery or find an old favourite on vinyl.

With traders varying week to week, there's always something new to discover. Just make sure you get there early to snap up some great finds and grab yourself a bargain.

For future developments taking place in the Harris Quarter, such as the Animate Cinema and Leisure complex (an exciting state of the art entertainment venue, which will sit adjacent to Market Hall), visit Invest Preston - Harris Quarter.

Market Hall entrance
Trader serving customer a sandwich
Trader slicing cheese
People enjoying drinks
Trader serving meat
Women looking at shoes
Jonah's Coffee trader serving a drink
People browsing around the outdoor market
Trader with flowers
Close up of binoculars and cameras

Map address for Preston Markets

Preston Markets, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA.