Great Eccleston is a village and civil parish in Lancashire and is situated on a coastal plain called the Fylde. The village lies to the south of the River Wyre and the A586 road, approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream from the port of Fleetwood. It is approximately 9.5 miles (15 km) north-east of the seaside resort of Blackpool, approximately 6 miles (10 km) south-east of Poulton-le-Fylde and about 12 miles (19 km) north-west of its post town, Preston. Nearby villages include Little Eccleston, Elswick and St Michael's on Wyre and Singleton.

Great Eccleston was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Eglestun. In various 13th-century documents it was recorded as Ecclisto, Ecleston and Great Eccleston. In 1066 when the Normans conquered England, the township of Great Eccleston—then part of the ancient hundred of Amounderness—was in the possession of Tostig Godwinson, the brother of King Harold II. Tostig died at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and his lands were subsequently taken over by the Normans. Between 1069 and 1086 William the Conqueror gave Amounderness to Roger de Poitou, an Anglo-Norman baron. In the Domesday Book, the area of Great Eccleston was estimated at two carucates (ploughlands) of land.

The township was originally part of the ecclesiastical parish of St Michael's on Wyre and Great Eccleston's parishioners would have worshipped there at St Michael's Church. In 1723, a chapel of ease to St Michael's was built in a part of Great Eccleston called Copp. It was dedicated to St Anne.

The Great Eccleston Agricultural Show is held in the village over two days every July along with Tractor Pulling, which also sees an event held in its own right at the same show ground during the August bank holiday. Horse, steam and agricultural shows have been held in Great Eccleston since the mid-19th century. Like many similar rural events, the Great Eccleston Show waned in popularity and ceased to take place in the 1950s; it was reinstated in 1972. Up to 40,000 people usually attend the show. Displays typically feature livestock, horticulture, country crafts, local produce and agricultural vehicles. A farmers' market is held in Great Eccleston every month as well as a weekly general market.

The parish contains eight listed buildings which comprises houses, farmhouses, a dovecote, a church, and two milestones.