Welcome to Preston’s Wonderful Winckley Square

Winckley Square is in the heart of the city of Preston, a short stroll from Fishergate. It is unique and one of the finest examples of a Georgian square in the North West with a compelling history.

This website aims to take you on a journey in time and place and to share with you the Square’s heritage, keep you up-to-date with events and invite you to engage with us to enjoy and preserve the Gardens for future generations. Here is a link to our latest newsletter, issue 22: Christmas 2021. Thank you to all who attended our Christmas Concert on 12th December. It was a great success. You can see some of the photographs and videos that were taken on our facebook page. And for those of you who missed our virtual Christmas offering  last year ‘A Winckley Christmas Cracker!’ it can be viewed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtUiOzVpmpc

The Friends of Winckley Square wish you a Merry Christmas and a COVID free New Year

Kids and teacher running through Winckley Square in Preston
Local schoolchildren were the first to run through the Square when it was reopened.

Visitor Information

Here you will find important information on how to get here, accessibility and how to hire the Gardens.

Find out more

For all events see 'What's On' & 'Walks and Talks'


Edith Rigby, second from the left, walking on a Pier

Edith Rigby, second from the left, walking on a Pier

Meet some of the former residents: the wealthy lawyers and cotton manufacturers, the sometimes invisible ‘extraordinary women’ and the unsung servants on whom the owners depended.

Minnie as a young woman

Minnie as a young woman

Learn too of scandalous stories that occurred behind closed doors!

Visit our people page


The Winckley Club & The Literary and Philosophical Institute of 1846


Read the fascinating stories of some of the properties. Buildings designed as homes later transformed into schools educating almost 2,000 pupils in their heyday.

View our historical buildings