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Blackpool is a seaside resort town in the North West of England.
Over 6 million people visit Blackpool each year, making it Britain's number one holiday resort. Many come for the two largest attractions, Pleasure Beach Blackpool and Blackpool Tower, although the town features many other smaller attractions including three piers, numerous amusement arcades, seven miles of beaches and pedestrian promenade, and a vibrant nightlife.
Following a heyday in the first half of the twentieth century as the working classes gained freedom and disposable income, Blackpool has struggled to find a new role with the advent of package holidays to the mediterranean. It has long used the Blackpool Illuminations light show to extend its tourist season into the autumn months, and has recently been campaigning the government to allow the redevelopment of its central seafront Golden Mile with Las Vegas-style casino hotels in an attempt to become a gambling haven.
While many tourists go to Blackpool nowadays for party weekends (often hen or stag groups), an older clientele enjoys the nostalgia of the town. The Tower Ballroom remains a global mecca for ballroom dancing and many remember Reginald Dixon playing his Wurlitzer organ with songs such as "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside" - synonymous with the town.
Blackpool can be reached via the M55 from the M6.
Local bus services run from Preston, Lancaster, Southport and Fleetwood.
Long distance bus services, and charters, run from virtually everywhere in Great Britain.
The trains run to Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations from Preston and many other destinations. Blackpool North is the main station but for a day trip to the Pleasure Beach, change at Kirkham and take the Blackpool South line; the last station before Blackpool South is the Pleasure Beach Blackpool.
Blackpool has its own airport with scheduled flights to/from Alicante, Belfast, Dublin, Faro, Geneva, Girona, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Mahon, Malaga, Murcia, Mallorca, and Tenerife.
An increasing number of charter flights now operate from Blackpool Airport.
Blackpool Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK and is served by budget airlines Jet2 and Ryanair.
The closest ferries from Blackpool are Fleetwood to Larne and Heysham (near Morecambe) to Douglas (Isle of Man) and Belfast, operating in Summer only.
The Blackpool Tramway has antique electric trams on its original 1885 tram system which runs along the complete length of the sea front from Starr Gate near Blackpool Airport to Fleetwood at the northern end of the Fylde coast.
The town is well served by buses; the main operators within the town are Blackpool Transport  and Stagecoach . Note that Blackpool Transport altered or renumbered most of its routes in July 2010. Until the change, every route had distinctive colour-coded buses but this system has been abandoned and the buses are now deployed on any route. Both operators sell day tickets but with very few exceptions these are only accepted on their own buses.
Horse-drawn "landaus" offer an old-fashioned alternative to modern taxis for journeys along the seafront.
"Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear"
The inscription above the stage in Blackpool Tower's ballroom is from the poem Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare.
- Blackpool Tower,  - a Victorian alike of the Eiffel Tower, the view from the top is worth seeing, but gets busy at the peak of the tourist season. Blackpool Tower is one of the famous towers in the UK. Once inside, you climb through seven levels of attractions, including a circus, bug zone, Out of This World, aquarium, and ballroom (for you film buffs, this is the lavish ballroom seen in the 1996 Japanese film Shall We Dance?), before going up in a glass elevator to the observation deck.
- The Piers  - Blackpool is the only British resort with three piers. The North pier costs 50p to go on, and is relaxed. The central pier has something for everyone, and the South Pier is loud and rollicky. North Pier is the oldest and largest of the three coastal piers in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
- Pleasure Beach Blackpool  is perhaps Britain's largest funfair, with eleven roller-coasters including the original Roller Coaster which gave the rides their name. This has been eclipsed by more modern coasters, including Britain's tallest roller coaster ride the "Pepsi Max Big One" (more commonly known simply as "The Big One") which is over 200 feet high. Other roller coasters include the Irn Bru Revolution and Big Dipper. Rides require 2-9 £1 tickets, or a £30 all day wristband, which is a few pounds cheaper when bought online. As well as the adult rides, children's rides area, and sidestalls, the park also has some excellent architecture to see. The park began life as a funfair on the sands in the Victorian era, and by the 1930s some permanent buildings arrived in the style of the day - Art Deco. In particular don't miss the station of the Roller Coaster ride, and the White Tower at the south entrance to the park, both of which have "streamline moderne" influences just like some of the classic trams which operate on the seafront nearby.
- The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. 
- Many shows are happening at the Winter Gardens this year including Russell Brand and Blackpool Fringe
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach  - fun fair and roller coaster rides.
- The Grand Theatre, A 1100-seat theatre designed by Frank Matcham in 1894. 
- Go to watch the town's long suffering football team Blackpool FC play at Bloomfield Road and witness their recent revival!
- Dancing on Ice - a popular ice show located near blackpool pleasure beach.
- Have a donkey ride on the sands.
- What's on in Blackpool,  month by month view Blackpool Events
- Blackpool Illuminations, . Stretching for 6 miles along the Blackpool Promenade 'The Lights', as they're fondly called, consist of spectacular displays using over one million light bulbs. A vast collection of characters and themes are displayed, along with lasers, and searchlights. Free.
- Blackpool Shows,  Details of shows in Blackpool for Opera House, Legends - Central Pier and Tower, North Pier, Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower
A stick of Blackpool rock(candy) with your name written right the way through it and a mandatory "Kiss Me Quick" hat on Blackpool's Golden Mile.
Fish and Chips. Chippys are everywhere in Blackpool. Along all the piers and the seafront it is impossible to walk along wthout passing dozens of chippys.
- Harry Ramsden's, 60-63 The Promenade, FY1 4QU, ☎ 01253 294386, . 11:30 - 21:00 Sunday to Thursday. 22:00 close Friday and Saturday. Part of the "world famous" Harry Ramsden's chain located on the promenade. Ideally located near many of Blackpool's attractions and the sea front. Offers eat-in and take away services.
- Mandarin, 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool, FY1 1JD, ☎ 01253 622687, . Award winning Cantonese restaurant established over 46 years ago. A regular recommendation from hotel owners and taxi drivers.
Blackpool's night life is varied and numerous. There are clubs and pubs to suit everybody who comes to Blackpool looking for an evening out, With so much going on in Blackpool it is difficult to decide where to go.
- The famous Funny Girls transvestite show bar.
- Blue Room, opposite Syndicate nightclub.
- The Last Orders pub, in North Shore. Drink with the locals.
- Syndicate superclub. largest nightclub in britain with a revolving dance floor.
- Sanuk. Another popular nightclub with young people, on the front near the north pier
- Tache. Blackpool's alternative/rock night club. Behind blackpool bus station.
- The Auctioneer, Lytham Road South Shore. A Wetherspoons favourite with its good value drinks and food
- Duple Club, 96 Bond Street South Shore Blackpool, ☎ 01253 341647. The Duple CIU club with it's traditional Blackpool Bingo and nightly entertainment welcomes all guests to visit whilst in Blackpool. Good Value Drinks and a Friendly including families with children Welcome.
- The Dutton Arms, Corner of Wateroo Road and the Promenade. The Dutton Arms is The Party Pub of South Shore Blackpool. Popular DJ's at the weekend and late closing. Unfortunately a large fire destroyed most of the building on 25 January 2010" As of early July 2010 contractors have been seen undertaking refurbishment.
- The Old Bank Inn, 46 Bond Street, South Shore, Blackpool (From the promenade turn into Rawcliffe St (between Colonial & Queens Hotel) and we are directly infront of you, on the corner of Bond St & Rawcliffe St; close to both The Pleasure Beach & Blackpool FC Football Club.), ☎ 01253 408807, . 10.00am - midnight/01.00am. The Old Bank Inn is South Shores premier venue for both locals and visitors to Blackpool. A fantastic line up of entertainment both day and night, with live bands on Saturday nights (limited during winter months Nov-Feb, please check details). No need for drinks promotions, cheap drinks all day/everyday and you don't need to be a local - all customers are charged the same price.
- The Albert and the Lion, Corner of Adelaide Street West and the Promenade. The JD Wetherspoons latest addition to Blackpool opened on 2nd July 2010 and can be found almost under the Blackpool Tower at the junction of The Promenade and Adelaide Street West. As always a Blackpool favourite with its competitively priced food and drinks
Visits to Blackpool are generally incident-free. During Friday and Saturday nights, the busiest areas of the town centre such as Talbot Square and Queen Street can become very crowded and somewhat rowdy, but there is a large and generally good-natured police presence. The sea front and piers are usually crowded so are generally safe.
You should take care in the Central Drive area at night, and avoid back-alleys anywhere in the town centre after dark. In particular there are a small number of street prostitutes operating in these areas after 11PM, whose modus operandi is to approach single males who are under the influence of alcohol. Do not accept any offers of sex; you will be risking being mugged by the prostitute and/or a male accomplice.
Gay male visitors should avoid the Middle Walk cruising area; a gay man was recently murdered here and there have been several violent homophobic attacks. Lighting in this area has been improved and there are regular police patrols. Note that the "gay quarter" around Talbot Road, Dickson Road and Queen Street is as safe as the rest of the town centre. It is now being heavly monitored with cctv as well.
It used to be said that Blackpool had a million tourist beds. These were mostly in small guest houses, and these have changed as customer expectations have increased - most have renovated simple bedrooms into en suite rooms, typically turning three rooms into two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Blackpool still enjoys a huge number of beds, and this keeps the market competitive and the prices low.
At the higher end of things, Blackpool has a number of larger hotels, including the Imperial Hotel which is used by politicians during political party conferences which take place at the Winter Gardens.
- Marton Mere Caravan Park, (Marton Mere Holiday Village), Mythop Road, FY4 4XN. (3 Miles from Blackpool) Tel:+44 1253 767544, .
- Ashdean Holiday Flats, 42 Dean Street, Tel:+44 1253 345640, .
- Cleveland Court Holiday Apartments, 23 Withnell Road, Tel:+44 1253 348406, 
- Gladwyn Holiday Flats, 15 Alexandra Road, Tel: +44 1253 346870 
- Canberra Holiday Flats, 12, Coop Street, FY1 5AJ, ☎ +44 1253 624803, .
- West Beach Holiday Apartments, 35 Lytham Road, Tel:+44 1253344769 
- The Chesterfield Hotel, '5 Wellington Road, ☎ +44 1253 345979, . Friendly hotel just off The Central Promenade midway between Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, managed and owned by brother and sister Julie and Steve Clarke since 1990. 10 rooms in total - 2 of them are Family Rooms (up to 4 people) and the rest are doubles, all with toilet and shower facilities, freshly laundered bed-linen, colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities with unlimited free tea and coffee available every day. English Breakfast every morning.You can buy full three-meals course as well - it is £7.95 per adult or £3.50 per child. There is a bar lounge area in the basement which is open every night from 8pm till around midnight.with happy hour from 8pm till 9pm when most drinks are £1.50 a pint/double! Pets are welcome. Rooms are from £30.
- The New Lyngarth, 55-57 Banks Street, ☎ +44 1253 622814, . checkin: 13.30; checkout: 10.30. Recently refurbished situated in the gay quarter from £15.00.
- Norbreck Castle Hotel  Queen's Promenade, Blackpool. A 480 Bedroom Hotel, set in a prime location on the Promenade, offering breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. Rooms from £25 a night.
- Dave Hotel Blackpool  Queens Promenade, Blackpool. Rooms from £20 a night.
- Grand Metropole Blackpool Hotel146-148 Promenade Blackpool, Lancashire.
- The Savoy Hotel Promenade, Blackpool North Shore, near Blackpool's many attractions.
- Britannia Hotels Promenade, Blackpool  3 luxurious hotels in Blackpool. Rooms from £30 a night. Near Pleasure Beach.
- Robin Hood Hotel, at the St. Stephen's Ave. tram stop, one block north. 10 rooms, Single £27, double £54. Rooms 1, 5, and 9 have sea views, relaxing lounge, non-smoking.
- The Kimberley Hotel 585-589 New South Promenade, Tel: +44 1253 341184  A 50 Bedroom Hotel, set in a prime location on the New South Promenade, offering breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. Rooms from £25 a night. This hotel hosts meetings of the far-right British National Party so may not be to the taste of non-white or gay tourists.
- New Osborne House Hotel, 3 Trafalgar Road, FY1 6AW (near the South Shore), ☎ +44 1253 346444, . Rooms from £20 a night.
- The Address Blackpool, Set in the Heart of Blackpool Close to All Attractions Including the Pleasure Beach and the Opera House,Tel: +44 01253 624 238  Single £25, double £50. Ground Floor Rooms with disabled access and Free Parking relaxing lounge with Licensed Bar, non-smoking.
- Moorbank House, Set in the Heart of South Shore Blackpool Close to All Attractions Including the Pleasure Beach,Tel: +44 1253 344385  Single £25, double £40. Ground Floor Rooms and Free Parking relaxing lounge with Licensed Bar, non-smoking.
- The Kingscliff Hotel, Blackpool, located in the heart of Blackpool, within easy walking distance of the promenade, winter gardens, The Tower, theatres and Houndshill Shopping Centre. Also the Pleasure Beach and the Sandcastle complex are a short tram ride away 
- Heywood House, 30 Rawcliffe Street Blackpool South Shore Blackpool,Tel: +44 1253 344413  Relaxing lounge with Licensed Bar and Pool Table, non-smoking.
- Salendine House Hotel, 44 St.Chads Rd Blackpool (Near South Shore) Blackpool,Tel: +44 1253 346749  Close to promenade, friendly family run B&B, Licensed Bar.
- Canasta Hotel, 288 Promenade, Blackpool +44 1253 290 501, . 30 bedroomed licensed sea front hotel in perfect location.
- Blackpool Hotel Rossi, 263 Promenade, Tel: +44 1253 341731, . Quality Blackpool Hotel, Perfectly Positioned On The Promenade.
- Staymor Hotel, 555 New South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1NF. Tel: +44 (0) 1253 341487 
- The Wembley Hotel, 275 Promenade, Tel: +44 1253 346154, . Quality Blackpool Family Hotel, All 16 rooms En-Suite, Licensed Bar, Perfectly Positioned On The Promenade.Prices start at £17.50pppn
- Norbreck Castle Hotel  Blackpool Accommodation. Address: Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire. Facilities include a swimming pool and gym. Hotel rooms from £17.50pppn.
- Big Blue Hotel, Ocean Boulevard, Pleasure Beach Blackpool,Lancashire FY4 1ND, Tel: +44 1253 400045,  Offers 4 star contemporary accomodation right next to the Pleasure Beach.
- Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, North Shore, Blackpool, FY1 2HB, Tel: +44 (0)1253 623971, 
Take a tram north to Fleetwood, formerly one of the UK's major fishing ports. Visit its famous market and go to the outlet mall called "Freeport". If peacefulness is what is required then catch a bus or train to "Lytham" ,"Ansdell","Fairhaven" or "St Annes-on-sea". Under the resort name of "Lytham St Annes", These charming family seaside towns offer something different and traditional to Blackpool.
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