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Blackpool is a seaside resort town in the North West of England.


Over 12 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.

Get in[edit]

Blackpool Tower

By car[edit]

Blackpool can be reached via the M55 from the M6.

By bus[edit]

Local bus services run from Preston, Lancaster, Nelson, Southport and Fleetwood. Long distance bus services, and charters, run from virtually everywhere in Great Britain.

By train[edit]

The trains run to Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations from Preston, Nelson 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.

By plane[edit]

Sadly, Blackpool International Airport has closed. The airfield is still used for general aviation. The only commercial flights available are to the Isle of Man.

The closest airports are in Manchester and Liverpool, both under a 90-minute drive away. Manchester Airport offers a wide range of European flights, as well as flights from North America, the Middle East (with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways), and a few Asian destinations. Liverpool Airport has a much more limited range of destinations, mostly in Western Europe.

Manchester Airport is about one and a half to two hours from Blackpool by public transport; Liverpool Airport two to two and a half hours. From Manchester Airport, take the train from the airport railway station to Blackpool North, either direct or changing at Preston. From Liverpool Airport, take the regular shuttle bus to Liverpool South Parkway station and get the train from there to Blackpool North, changing either at Liverpool Lime Street or Manchester Piccadily. The National Rail website [12] will help you find the best rail journey.

By boat[edit]

The closest ferries from Blackpool are Fleetwood to Larne and Heysham (near Morecambe) to Douglas (Isle of Man) and Belfast, operating in Summer only.

Get around[edit]

By tram[edit]

The Blackpool Tramway is an antique tramway 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. As of 2012, most trams are modern low-floor trams, however antique trams that are modified to take wheelchairs provide extra capacity outside peak times and during weekends and holidays. Unmodified antique trams still operate between a few stops within the town centre during some weekends and holidays.

By bus[edit]

The town is well served by buses; the main operators within the town are Blackpool Transport [13] and Stagecoach [14]. 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.

By taxi[edit]

Horse-drawn "landaus" offer an old-fashioned alternative to modern taxis for journeys along the seafront.

See[edit][add listing]

"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, [15] - 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 is now free to go on, and is relaxed and has a sun trap area at the end. The central pier has the giant ferris wheel ride, as well as the usual dodgems and childrens rides. There are also numerous stalls with stallholders who'll aggressively cajole you regardless of your politeness. It also features a well regarded bar at the end of the pier. The South Pier is loud and busy, with a mixture of more modern rides featuring at the end of the pier including a temporary log flume ride. North Pier is the oldest and largest of the three coastal piers in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
  • Pleasure Beach Blackpool [16] 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. Make sure to check park opening hours prior to visiting to avoid disappointment, as they have been reduced drastically in recent years.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. [17] - Many shows are happening at the Winter Gardens this year including Russell Brand and Blackpool Fringe
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach [18] - fun fair and roller coaster rides. New for 2011 Nickelodeonland themed on the TV Channels favourite characters
  • The Grand Theatre, A 1100-seat theatre designed by Frank Matcham in 1894. [19]
  • 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, [20] month by month view Blackpool Events
  • Blackpool Illuminations, [1]. 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.  edit
  • Blackpool Shows, [21] Details of shows in Blackpool for Opera House, Legends - Central Pier and Tower, North Pier, Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower

Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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, +44 1253 294386, [2]. 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.  edit
  • Mandarin, 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool, FY1 1JD, +44 1253 622687, [3]. Award winning Cantonese restaurant established over 46 years ago. A regular recommendation from hotel owners and taxi drivers.  edit
  • West Coast Rock Cafe, 5-7 Abingdon St, FY1 1DG (Directly opposite the Winter Gardens), +44 1253 751283, [4]. A legendary Blackpool restaurant loved by the locals and visited by the stars! Winner of Restaurant of the Year 2009 & 2011. Great 100% Burgers, the best Steaks in town, succulent Barbecued Ribs, Chicken, Pizza, Pasta and loads more. Only place to go for Tex-Mex food for over 20 years.  edit
  • Blackpool Resort Coffee Lounge, 1 Reads Avenue, 01253 621005. 'Blackpool Resort Coffee Lounge & Booking office is ideally situated near many B&B's and close to the tourist attractions. Grab a take away coffee as you walk down to the prom or sit in our contemporary space soaking up abit of ambience and our fresh coffee.'  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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 Auctioneer, Lytham Road South Shore. A Wetherspoons favourite with its good value drinks and food  edit
  • Duple Club, 96 Bond Street South Shore Blackpool, +44 1253 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • The Harold, 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.), +44 1253 408807. 10.00am - midnight/01.00am. The Harold 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.  edit
  • 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  edit
  • Rose & Crown, 22 Corporation Street, FY1 1EJ (2 minutes from the Grand Theatre, 3 minutes from the Winter Gardens), +44 1253 299821. Continental style eating and drinking in the centre of Blackpool. This locally owned pub has the largest outdoor seating area in the town centre - and it's heated! Steaks, Burgers, Pasta, Toasties. Paninins, Curry, Fish, Pies. Plus of course a great Sunday Lunch!  edit
  • Pump and Truncheon, 13 Bonny Street, FY1 5AR (Located just behind the Golden Mile (behind Tussauds) next to the Law courts). One of the most famous old pubs in town. The only building on this part of the Golden Mile that survived the great fire of Blackpool. Great real ales and traditionally cooked food. Wooden and stone floors and a roaring fire complement the old style feel of this famous little pub!  edit
  • The Sun Inn, 88 Bolton Street, FY1 6AA (Less than 100 yards from the Promenade, right next to South Shore Yates). An independent local family owned Pub that isn't tied to anyone. With Real Ales, Big Screen Sport TV and famous Pie and Peas.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

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 at most times and are generally safe, but be aware of pickpockets and beggars. The streets off the promenade can be trouble spots, with numerous alleyways allowing opportunist thieves to surprise unwitting tourists.

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, who 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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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.

Self Catering

  • Marton Mere Caravan Park, (Marton Mere Holiday Village), Mythop Road, FY4 4XN. (3 Miles from Blackpool) Tel:+44 1253 767544, [22].
  • Ashdean Holiday Flats, 42 Dean Street, Tel:+44 1253 345640, [23].
  • Cleveland Court Holiday Apartments, 23 Withnell Road, Tel:+44 1253 348406, [24]
  • Gladwyn Holiday Flats, 15 Alexandra Road, Tel: +44 1253 346870 [25]
  • Canberra Holiday Flats, 12, Coop Street, FY1 5AJ, +44 1253 624803, [5].  edit
  • West Beach Holiday Apartments, 35 Lytham Road, Tel:+44 1253344769 [26]
  • Reads Court Holiday Apartments, 3/5 Reads Ave, 01253 621005, [6]. Perfectly located to explore many of Blackpool’s top attractions. The apartments and houses cater for a variety of needs, sleeping from anywhere between 2 to 15 people, some apartments are also on the ground floor with easy access. Each offers individual amenities, but as a rule all have a fully fitted kitchen, shower room, digital television and Wi-Fi. Luxury beds, and fresh linen and towels are provided as standard for all our guests.  edit
  • Heritage House, 31/33 Hornby Road Blackpool. FY1 4QG, 01253 621005, [7]. Heritage House, is the perfect start to your holiday, a beautiful period property, tastefully refurbished, set in the heart of Blackpool’s top attractions. Providing accommodation for families or larger groups, and those with impairment needs. each two bedroom apartment has between 60-80 square meters of space. Each benefits from front and rear aspects, some views even of the iconic Blackpool Tower which add to this properties charm. Fully equipped kitchens, central heating, bathrooms with toiletries, digital TV, bed linens and towels are all standard. The ground floor accessible apartments even have their own outdoor private space, perfect for a summer evening. We believe Heritage House offers the perfect location for larger family groups to explore local attractions, such as The Golden Mile, Winter Gardens, Blackpool Zoo, The Sandcastle Water Park, or try celebrity spotting the world-famous Madame Tussauds. You won’t be short of things to do.  edit


  • The Sandpiper Bed and Breakfast, 20 Withnell Road, +44 1253 341910, [8]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. The Sandpiper Bed and Breakfast is situated in Blackpool's South Shore, just a few hundred yards from the Promenade and Beach. Within an easy two minutes walk you can reach Blackpool's most popular attractions including the Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterworld, the South Pier and G Casino. The Sandpiper Bed and Breakfast Blackpool offers great value accommodation for families and couples. All our rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable and you can access the Bed and Breakfast and your room at all times. We serve a great cooked breakfast if required or a room only option if you prefer a lie in. Double rooms from £30.  edit
  • The Chesterfield Hotel, '5 Wellington Road, +44 1253 345979, [9]. 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. 9 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 £11.95 per adult or £5.95 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 £1.80 a pint/35 ml spirit! Pets are welcome free of charge. Rooms are from £30.  edit
  • The New Lyngarth, 55-57 Banks Street, +44 1253 622814, [10]. checkin: 13.30; checkout: 10.30. Recently refurbished situated in the gay quarter from £15.00.  edit
  • 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 Three 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 [27] 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, [11]. Rooms from £20 a night.  edit
  • The Address Blackpool, Set in the Heart of Blackpool Close to All Attractions Including the Pleasure Beach and the Opera House,Tel: +44 1253 624238 [28] Single £25, double £50. Ground Floor Rooms with disabled access and free parking. Relaxing lounge with licensed bar, non-smoking.
  • Moorbank House, Tel: +44 1253 344385 [29] Moorbank House is a family B&B located on Blackpool South Shore and ideally located for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Sandcastle. Single from £30, double from £40. Ground Floor rooms and free parking, relaxing lounge with licensed bar, non-smoking.
  • The Kingscliff Hotel, Blackpool[30].
  • Salendine House Hotel, 44 St.Chads Rd Blackpool (Near South Shore),Tel: +44 1253 346749 [31] Close to promenade, friendly family run B&B, Licensed Bar.
  • Chaplins Hotel[32], 15 Albert Road Central Blackpool, Tel: +44 1253 294440. 3* accommodation.


  • Canasta Hotel[33], 288 Promenade +44 1253 290501. 30 bedroomed licensed sea front hotel.
  • Staymor Hotel[34], 555 New South Promenade. Tel: +44 1253 341487
  • Norbreck Castle Hotel Promenade, Blackpool. Facilities include a swimming pool and gym. Hotel rooms from £17.50pppn.
  • The Haven, 11 Alexandra Road, Blackpool, FY1 6BU, +44 1253 346498, Family friendly hotel. [35].


  • Big Blue Hotel[36], Ocean Boulevard, Pleasure Beach, Tel: +44 1253 400045. Offers 4 star contemporary accommodation right next to the Pleasure Beach.
  • Imperial Hotel[37], North Promenade, North Shore, Tel: +44 1253 623971,
  • Heritage House 31/33 Hornby Road Blackpool. FY1 4QG, ☎ 01253 621005, [7]. Heritage House, is the perfect start to your holiday, a beautiful period property, tastefully refurbished, set in the heart of Blackpool’s top attractions. Providing accommodation for families or larger groups, and those with impairment needs. six two bedroom apartments that sleep up to 8 people.

Get out[edit]

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 clean, different and traditional to Blackpool.

Not too far away is Liverpool, a vibrant city with a great cultural heritage and a buzzing nightlife. The famous Liverpool One shopping district has an array of shops, bars and restaurants, and is close to the magnificent waterfront where you can visit the historical Albert Dock, see the world famous 'Three Graces', and take a ride on a 'Ferry Across The Mersey'. Liverpool has a large number of museums and galleries, fine Victorian and Georgian buildings, and its two very contrasting cathedrals make it a great place to visit. In 2014 Liverpool was voted the third best destination in the world to visit by Trip Advisor, and fourth friendliest city in the world by Rough Guide.

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