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When it comes to British seaside resorts, Blackpool takes the biscuit. With its rickety piers and ubiquitous “chippies”, it’s a throwback to the glory days of British holidaymaking. Today, the adrenaline rush of Pleasure Beach and its lively bars brings in new generations in droves.
Glitz and glamour a-go-go. This entertainment complex is Blackpool’s sizzling hotspot for all things comic and musical. The Winter Gardens has been rocking audiences since 1878. The Empress Ballroom’s stage is graced by top pop acts, while the Opera House hosts full-on Broadway-style extravaganzas. Combine your trip with a meal at one of its eateries and it’ll be a smash-hit!Accommodations near Blackpool Winter Gardens
Got something to say? With 25,000 LED bulbs to spell out your message, Blackpool Tower can help you tell the world (or anyone in the vicinity). Aside from its big-statement capabilities, this tower is a real box of tricks. Nippers frolic in Jungle Jim’s Playground, old timers foxtrot across the Ballroom’s sprung-wood dance floor and all comers gulp at the 315 foot-high SkyWalk.Accommodations near Blackpool Tower
North Pier is the essence of “The Great British Seaside Resort”. The rusty struts, the old-time circus lettering, the organ’s resolutely chipper melodies wafting through the sea air – this is faded Blackpool glory at its finest. Roll up, roll up for stand-up comedy and quizzes that’ll take you back to the days when Britannia’s pier-side entertainment ruled the waves.Accommodations near North Pier
“Let there be light”. Not only the words of Yahweh, but also those of cultural luminaries such as Dale Winton, Westlife and Red Rum, the prize racehorse. Switching on Blackpool’s lights is one of the highest honours Britain can bestow on anybody (or horse). The switch flicks and thousands of coloured bulbs turn the city into a glittering kaleidoscope from September to November.Accommodations near Blackpool Illuminations
No, you haven’t just stepped into a scene from “Alien”. You’re looking at Big Daddy, the largest crab in the world! This aquarium is home to this colossal crustacean, whose spindly front claws span a whopping 10 feet. Real-life “facehuggers” aside, Sea Life also swarms with Europe’s largest shark collection. Got nerves of steel? Slip into a wetsuit and go snorkelling in their tank!Accommodations near Sea Life Blackpool
“You’ll never guess who I bumped into in Blackpool”. This waxwork museum is the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with red-hot celebs. The effigies on show range from spitting-image doppelgangers to iffy imitations, and from the low-brow to the slightly less low-brow. Snap yourself singing to the X-Factor judges, leering with Benny Hill or getting rowdy with Jeremy Kyle.Accommodations near Madame Tussauds Blackpool
What’s the plan, Stan? Work off those chip-buttie calories with a stroll around Stanley Park! This park has plenty to keep you trim, taut and terrific, including sports pitches, a BMX track, playgrounds, trampolines and crazy golf. You can even take a boat out onto the lake. Once you’ve got your breath back, grab an ice cream from a kiosk. You’ve earned it!Accommodations near Stanley Park
Commune with critters. This zoo has a biblical ark’s worth of beasts. Visit not-so-distant relatives on Gorilla Mountain, waddle over to the penguin pool or crane your neck to grin at a giraffe. And it doesn’t stop there – young dino-devotees can wander among prehistoric brutes, accompanied by scene-setting sound effects. Disclaimer: may not contain real-life dinosaurs.Accommodations near Blackpool Zoo
Blackpool is a city of champions. It boasts numerous records – the world’s biggest this, the UK’s longest that. Sandcastle is one such winner – it’s no less than the UK’s largest indoor waterpark. This tangle of coloured flumes is flush with thrills and spills, including slides, a wave machine and burger bars. How else did you think you were going to stay afloat?Accommodations near Sandcastle Waterpark
The pride of Blackpool. This theme park has so many rides that the problem is knowing where to start. They range from the high-octane Big One rollercoaster right down to the cutesy Rugrats ride in Nickelodeon Land. Best of all, the Pleasure Beach comes with a thoroughly English disclaimer – if it rains for three hours straight, you can come back for free the next day.Accommodations near Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool’s city centre has a little something for everyone. During the day, kiddywinks giggle at SEA LIFE Blackpool, and families share mealtime moments at Harry Ramsden’s. At night, the party commences! Happy-go-lucky revellers cavort through the streets, then pile into clubs like Popworld and Domain for shots and thumping beats.Accommodations in Blackpool Town Center
Need some peace and quiet? Then you’re in the right place. North Shore’s a far cry from the hullabaloo of the centre. Residents busily run errands and older visitors enjoy the sea breeze on park benches. For a taste of Blackpool’s glory days, head to the legendary North Pier, where stand-up, bingo and palm-reading are the order of the day.Accommodations in North Shore
Looking for fun? Shore thing! This area is home to Blackpool’s top frolics. The Pleasure Beach draws in squealing crowds with its array of hair-raising rides. South Pier’s Adrenaline Zone lives up to its name, with bungee-based thrills aplenty. Nature lovers shouldn’t miss SEA LIFE Blackpool – home to sharks, rays and the world’s biggest crab.Accommodations in South Shore
Dee lived in Manchester for 5 years and used to go to Blackpool to see the illuminations as a child.
This modern, chic bar-restaurant is right on the seafront with breathtaking views of the sea. With stylish interior and décor, you can choose from fresh cuisine and a great range of cocktails. They have live music Thursday to Sunday too and on warmer evenings, you can watch the sunset!Accommodations nearby
Jules spent many a happy day in Blackpool enjoying its unique sights and sounds.
Going to Blackpool? Make sure you don’t miss Funny Girls! This drag revue bar has just celebrated 21 years in Blackpool and the shows have grown bigger and better with each passing year. It's both hilarious and surprising!Accommodations nearby
Amy grew up in nearby Yorkshire and has happy memories of her yearly trips to the seaside.
Morgans is a great bar-restaurant, situated on the Promenade overlooking the sea. This quirky diner is decked out in American 1960s memorabilia. They have a large selection of unusual cocktails and their food is all home-cooked. Signature dishes include the steak pies and fish and chips.Accommodations nearby
Party animal Jake lives in London but has plenty of experience of Blackpool's lively bar scene.
Get yourself down here on a Monday for 'Skint Mondays', when there are plenty of deals on food and drinks. It draws a younger crowd because of the cheap drinks and loud music. They tend to have some kind of live music and competition at some point too.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Blackpool?
A hen party consisting of naughty schoolgirls, pregnant nuns, oaps on inflatable zimmer frames and 2 lollipop ladies accosting a party of asian men of all ages who were all kitted out in suits and ties, stopping the traffic while they all crossed the road, then having a photo shoot at the north pier, the guys seemed to be loving itSee all 283 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Blackpool?
Mis information by tram staff, the last tram from Starr Gate to Fleetwood is 11.45pm, we were old the trams run until 1.45am, that is the return journey to Starr Gate. Spent a freezing cold 30 minutes waiting for a tram, we did manage to get a taxi but might not be so lucky if the resort busy.See all 39 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How does Blackpool go the extra mile to make your family feel at home?
I think Blackpool is a great cheap weekend away with kids. Circus , fairground no ques like Alton towers all rides are close to each other no massive walks between rides. Food is cheap. B&bs cheap. Good old back to basics no frills family fun time. Making memoriesSee all 25 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Blackpool while avoiding the crowds?
I found that booking a family holiday to blackpool through the week instead of at weekends worked perfectly when arranging to go to the usual spots, Pleasure Beach, The Tower, Sandcastle etc.See all 22 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How could the beaches in Blackpool be made better for walking?
In Blackpool, I wouldn't change anything by the beach for walking, there are long sandy beaches to stroll along, and steps/flat surface at the top for though's not wanting sandy feet.See all 20 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What did your kids enjoy the most at the beaches in Blackpool?
The sandy golden beaches. Was nice and clean, which makes all the difference. I also felt at ease, as there were lifeguard patrols on the beach and driving around.See all 26 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Blackpool.
Sitting in a Bistro on the promenade in warm winter sunshine with a glass of wine and looking out to sea.See all 18 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Blackpool mean to you?
Typical British seaside resort, donkeys, building castlesSee all 18 answers
If you're flying into Manchester, you have three main options for getting to Blackpool. Direct trains to Blackpool North Station take 1 hour and 40 minutes and cost around GBP 20 for an adult single ticket. Coach links to Blackpool Central Coach Station take just over 3 hours and cost around GBP 10. The quickest option is by taxi. This costs around GBP 90 and takes around an hour. If you're travelling as a group of 4 then this could be the easiest way into Blackpool.
Imagine you're arriving at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. To get to Blackpool you could take the train, which leaves from the airport train station every 30 minutes. You'll need to make either 2 or 4 changes, depending on the route. It's best to check beforehand so you know where to get off! Tickets cost around GBP 20 for an adult single ticket. The quickest way into town is by taxi, which takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes. However, it'll set you back about GBP 90.
Blackpool's tram line runs up and down the coastline, providing a regular service to most of the city's main attractions. The modern trams are purple, white and black, while the double-decker vintage trams are green and cream-coloured. You can buy tickets online, on board or at the Travelshops on Market Street and Rigby Road. Tickets are always slightly cheaper online. If you're planning to take a bus later, Blackpool1 tickets are usable on both modes of transport.
Blackpool has 14 different bus routes, covering most of the city. The buses are black and yellow, and you need to hail them from the stop with your arm, otherwise they'll drive straight past! The price depends on how far you're travelling, but single tickets cost between GBP 1 and GBP 2.50. Children's tickets cost GBP 1, and under-5s are free. You can also make a saving by using Blackpool1 tickets, which are also valid for tram trips.
Taxis are a quick and easy way to get from A to B. The cars range from saloon cars to hackney carriage-style vehicles. There are taxi ranks outside Blackpool North Station and Coral Island. If you need a cab late at night, it's best to book in advance as it can often be tricky to find taxis to hail on the street at the wee hours of the morning.
There are plenty of pay-and-display car parks around the city, most of which are open 24 hours a day. Most have some kind of height restrictions, and only a couple accept motor homes. Beware that some of the car parks only accept coins. The pricing depends on how long you are planning to leave the car. On-street parking is also readily available, ranging from around 50p per hour in the town centre to GBP 7.50 for 12 hours on the promenade.
Blackpool has 3 train stations: Blackpool North, Blackpool South and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Blackpool North is the main station, offering direct services to London Euston, taking less than 3 hours. Blackpool Pleasure Beach offers less frequent trains, mainly linking Blackpool and Colne. Blackpool South offers local connections to Colne and Preston. Tickets are available online or at the station.
Biking in Blackpool is a great option for getting around, as it's very flat and there are many cycle lanes in place. Bright yellow bikes can be hired from Solaris Centre on South Promenade and the council’s sports centres (Blackpool Sports Centre, Moor Park Health & Leisure Centre and Palatine Leisure Centre). Prices start from GBP 5 for a half day’s rental, which includes a helmet and route map.
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