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Preston is a city in Lancashire in the north west of England. The city lies on the banks of the River Ribble which forms the southern boundary of the city. To the north east is the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde lies to the west. The city is roughly 30 miles to the north west of Manchester and 25 miles to the north east of Liverpool. Textiles have been produced in Preston since the 13th century and the inventor of the spinning frame, Sir Richard Arkwright, was born in Preston.
Landmarks to enjoy in Preston include St. Walburge's Church, which at 94 meters has the tallest spire on a church that is not a cathedral in England, the Miller Arcade, the Town Hall, the Harris Museum, the Minster Church of St. John the Evangelist, the former Corn Exchange and Public Hall, St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church and many other Georgian buildings on Winckley Square.
Preston railway station is a major stop on the West Coast Main Line with regular services to London Euston and the south east of England, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Fort William. It is also an important rail hub for local and regional services for the north west of England.
Located in Central Scotland, the city of Stirling is the county town of Stirlingshire. The city is sometimes referred to as "The Gateway to the Highlands" which has led to it having a significant position in Scotland's history. Major battles for Scottish independence took place in and around Stirling.
A major new regeneration project is underway on the site of the former port area and former Ministry of Defence site, adjacent to Stirling Railway Station. Known as Forthside, it has the aim of developing a new waterfront district linked to the railway station via a new pedestrian bridge. The development comprises retail, residential and commercial elements, including a conference centre, hotel and Vue multiplex cinema, that will ultimately expand the city centre area, linking it to the River Forth, which has been cut off from the city centre area since the construction of a nearby road in the 1960's.
In summer there is a sightseeing bus which is a cheap way to get to the sights, as you can "hop on and off" at any time. There are regular coach services to Stirling from all over Scotland run mainly by Scottish Citylink, with regular departures from Glasgow (Buchanan Bus Station) and Edinburgh (St Andrew's Bus Station) calling en-route to either Inverness or Aberdeen.