Why to move to Preston Park
Preston Park offers a unique blend of city living and the great outdoors. A highly desirable and much sought-after neighbourhood, its larger Victorian houses and tree-lined streets appeal to families and professionals who want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre while remaining only steps away from the cultural heart of the city.
Preston Park station provides easy access to Brighton station and beyond, making Preston Park a popular choice for London commuters who wish to live in a quieter area than London but still enjoy all of the great benefits of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
Preston Park is also a vibrant area of Brighton, and is full of independent shops and amazing pubs and restaurants. It's also within reach of some of the best schools in the city, including Balfour Primary, Stanford Primary, and the secondary schools Dorothy Stringer and Varndean.
History of Preston Park
Preston Park has a long and rich history. The Romans chose to build a villa here, the foundations of which were discovered in 1877. One of Brighton's oldest churches is also located in Preston Park - over 800 years old, St Peter's is home to remarkable fourteenth-century wall paintings that can still be viewed today. Perhaps the area's most famous landmark, however, is Preston Manor, situated on the edge of Preston Park. This extraordinary house was originally built in the thirteenth century and was significantly expanded in the eighteenth. This manor house was home to the Stanford family, the richest family in Sussex, for over 200 years before they donated the house, as well as many of the valuable collections, to the city of Brighton to become a museum.
Today Preston Park is a highly desired and vibrant neighbourhood. Preston Park hosts many exciting events throughout the year, including Brighton and Hove Pride, musical performances, and much more.
Preston Park offers a wide variety of excellent restaurants and traditional English pubs, including Preston Park Tavern, the Park View and the Open House, to name just a new. For nearby fine dining, the Jolly Poacher offers a critically acclaimed gastropub experience. There are also a selection of exotic cuisines such as Thai and Indian as well as much more! And if you'd like to travel just a hair farther afield, Brighton city centre offers even more fine restaurants to choose from that will be sure to satisfy even the choosiest of palettes.
The shopping opportunities in Preston Park and the surrounding city of Brighton and Hove are nearly endless. In the nearby neighbourhood of Fiveways one can find unique independent shops and sumptuous cafés, and in the city centre can be found shops ranging from the handmade jewellery to high-end designer fashion. Visit the unique streets of the Lanes or the North Laine for an exciting shopping experience both sophisticated and bohemian. Or, for an incredible high street experience, visit the 80-plus shops offered at Churchill Square, a modern and massive shopping centre in the heart of Brighton.
Preston Park shares the same name as the largest urban park in Brighton and Hove. This 63-acre paradise features the famous "Preston Twins", the world's largest and oldest Elm trees, as well as extensive grounds for strolling, sunbathing, dog walking, playing football, or simply relaxing with the family. Or visit Brighton's beautiful pebbled beaches, the Brighton Pier, or explore the Pavilion or one of Brighton's many other amazing museums. For a cultural experience, catch a performance of your choosing at the Theatre Royal or the Brighton Dome. Whatever you fancy, Brighton has something for everyone!