Visit Blackpool: Your Travel Guide

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.

Things to Do in Blackpool

Blackpool Winter Gardens
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!
Winter Gardens Blackpool, 97 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HL
Open Monday-Sunday 10:30-16:00
Blackpool Tower
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.
The Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ
Check website for details.
North Pier
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.
Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 1NE
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Blackpool Illuminations
“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.
Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5BB
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Sea Life Blackpool
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!
SEA LIFE Blackpool, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
Madame Tussauds 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.
89 Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 5AA
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Stanley Park
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!
West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9HU
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Blackpool Zoo
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.
East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Sandcastle Waterpark
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?
South Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1BB
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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.
525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ
Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Blackpool Seaside
When you think of North-West England, beach time isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, beaches aren’t just about deepening your tan. Blackpool seaside is a case in point. Along this legendary strip of coastline, you’ll find an overwhelming array of theme parks, water parks, mini golf, candy floss stalls and family-friendly restaurants.
Blackpool South Beach
When the sun’s out, there’s nothing better than the beach. Blackpool South Beach has fun for the whole family with donkey rides, lounge chairs, and golden sand that’s perfect for building sandcastles. Just make sure to check the tide times before you visit – at high tide the whole shore is underwater!
Grand Theatre
The Grand is a beloved old theatre that offers something for every Blackpool visitor. On its stage – and in its adjacent studio – you’ll find riotous stand-up, funky musical extravaganzas, thought-provoking dramatic pieces, family pantomimes and more. Check out their listings and get ready for an evening’s entertainment, Blackpool-style.
The Opera House
Don’t be fooled by the name – this theatre isn’t really about opera any more. There is definitely a musical theme running through its productions, though – with a full complement of pop acts, musical plays and uproarious pantomimes on offer. If you enjoy tapping your foot along to a jaunty number or dabbing your eyes at a heart-rending ballad, check ahead to see what’s on here.
Blackpool Central Pier
Head to Blackpool’s Central Pier any time between June and November and you’ll be in for an entertainment extravaganza. As well as a spectacular musical show that’ll get your feet tapping, there’s a pirate-themed family bar with swashbuckling waiters on hand to spice up your visit.
The Cottage
Situated on a sleepy residential street, this cosy chippy feels worlds away from Blackpool’s crowded coastal strip. Inside, the catch of the day is paired with crisp homemade batter, secret-recipe tartare sauce and thick-cut chips made from locally grown spuds. Purists can wash their meal down with a traditional pot of tea, but there’s also a fully stocked bar.
Yorkshire Fisheries
It may be named after a rival county, but this charming chippy is the pride of the Lancashire coast. Blackpool’s oldest chip shop has been dishing out delicious fish and chips since the 1950s. Alongside traditional battered cod and haddock, Yorkshire Fisheries also serves up everything from salmon, swordfish and scampi to hearty homemade pies.
Harry Ramsden's
This legendary chippy chain first opened its doors near Leeds back in 1928. Since then it’s expanded across the UK, and this bustling Blackpool branch is one of the best-known. Situated smack bang at the bottom of Blackpool Tower, it serves a varied menu of meat and veggie options alongside its famous battered fish and thick-cut golden chips.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Tired and dirty in places, many shops shut down that I remember being busy in the past. Way too many dodgy characters hanging around especially in the evening. Cyclists on prom show little consideration for others -halfwits mostly. Still love the place but...
Charlie
United Kingdom
May 28, 2017
10
Exceptional
Will continue returning to Blackpool time and time again. Brilliant place for families, couple and anyone really! And the weather didn't let us down at all!
Laura
United Kingdom
May 28, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great weekend in Blackpool waterpark great night with kids on south pier in pirates bar good entertainment for us all cheap nice hotel stay at woodfield had its own pool and snooker tables
Wesley
United Kingdom
May 28, 2017
10
Exceptional
I love Blackpool, used to go when I was little so decided to take my partner with me and he loved it as much as I do. Would love to go back.
Vikki
United Kingdom
May 28, 2017
10
Exceptional
Whenever my wife and I go we always get a tram and bus pass it the handiest thing to have, and not being young lets you go anywhere around the Fylde area
Malcolm
United Kingdom
May 28, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Blackpool

Windsor Hotel

9 Wonderful

Score from 337 reviews

$35

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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Village Hotel Blackpool

8.3 Very Good

Score from 2,724 reviews

$63

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
    514 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Blackpool FC Hotel

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 2,253 reviews

$91

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  • “wonderful staff”
    480 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “very clean”
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Cliffs Hotel

8.4 Very Good

Score from 1,611 reviews

$98

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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “great pool area”
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Viking Hotel- Adults Only

8.7 Excellent

Score from 981 reviews

$137

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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “we would definitely go back”
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ibis Styles Blackpool

8.1 Very Good

Score from 2,467 reviews

$63

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Carousel Hotel

8.4 Very Good

Score from 2,480 reviews

$52

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  • “very clean”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Imperial Hotel Blackpool

8 Very Good

Score from 3,179 reviews

$71

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Best Western Carlton Hotel

7.9 Good

Score from 2,042 reviews

$55

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Blackpool

Popular Neighborhoods in Blackpool

Blackpool Town Center

346 properties

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.

North Shore

143 properties

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.

South Shore

100 properties

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.

Local Tips for Blackpool

Beach House
Dee by Dee

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!

  • Beach House, Festival House, Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 1AP
  • www.beachhouseblackpool.co.uk
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 10:00–00:00, Friday–Saturday 10:00–01:00
Funny Girls
Jules by Jules

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!

Morgans
Amy by Amy

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.

Revolution Blackpool
Jake by Jake

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.

  • 35 Market Street, Blackpool, FY1 1EZ
  • www.revolution-bars.co.uk
  • Open Monday 12:00–03:00, Tuesday-Wednesday 12:30–02:00, Thursday-Friday 12:00–02:00, Saturday 12:00–03:00, Sunday 12:30–02:00
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Recommended 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 it

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.

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 memories

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.

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.

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.

Sitting in a Bistro on the promenade in warm winter sunshine with a glass of wine and looking out to sea.

Typical British seaside resort, donkeys, building castles

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Transportation

Blackpool Transportation

Air - Manchester Airport

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.

Air - Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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.

Tram

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.

Bus

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.

Taxi

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.

Car

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.

Train

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.

Bicycle

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.

Food in Blackpool

Top Restaurants in Blackpool

Cheap Eats
International
Quilligan's
Cheap Eats
Cafe
Number 5
  • 5 Cedar Square, Blackpool, FY1 1BP
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–17:00
  • 0044 1253 752377
Cheap Eats
Indian
The Akash
Cheap Eats
International
Toast Cafe Bar & Grill
Mid-Range Fare
Thai
Boonnak
  • 60 Topping Street, Blackpool, FY1 3AQ
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–15:00, Sunday 13:00–15:00, Tuesday–Saturday 17:00–23:00, Sunday 17:00–22:00
  • boonnakthai.co.uk
  • 0044 1253 290647
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Caffe Dolce
  • 22-24 Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 5DW
  • Open Monday–Saturday 08:00–17:00, Sunday 10:00–16:00
  • 0044 1253 292989
Upscale Dining
Chinese
Mandarin
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Sapori
Upscale Dining
Italian
La Fontana Italian Restaurant
Cheap Eats
British
Yorkshire Fisheries
Upscale Dining
British
JK's Steakhouse
Mid-Range Fare
International
Revolution
  • 35 Market St, Blackpool, FY1 1EZ
  • Open Saturday 12:00–03:00, Sunday 12:00–02:00, Monday 12:00–03:00, Tuesday–Friday 12:00–02:00. Check website for details.
  • www.revolution-bars.co.uk
  • 0044 1253 807172
Mid-Range Fare
Bar Bites
Scrooge's Wine Bar
  • 4 Milbourne Street, Blackpool, FY1 3ER
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 19:30–00:00, Thursday–Friday 19:00–03:00, Saturday 12:30–03:00, Sunday 12:30–01:00
  • 0044 1253 625559
Cheap Eats
Indian
Spice Lounge
  • 3 Birley Street, Blackpool, FY1 1EG
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:00–22:00, Saturday–Sunday 08:00–22:00
  • 0044 1253 465725
Upscale Dining
Local
Kwizeen Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Thai
Wannee Wah-Wah's
  • 55-57 Topping Street, Blackpool, FY1 3AF
  • Open Monday 11:30–23:00, Wednesday–Saturday 11:30–23:00
  • 0044 1253 299122
Mid-Range Fare
British
Harry Ramsden's
Mid-Range Fare
Chinese
Ocean Palace
Upscale Dining
Greek
Othello's
  • 54 Talbot Road, Blackpool, FY1 1LR
  • Open Monday–Friday 17:00–22:00, Saturday 12:00–22:00, Sunday 12:00–18:00
  • 0044 1253 751567
Mid-Range Fare
International
Viva
  • 3 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HH
  • Check website for details.
  • 0044 1253 749749
Cheap Eats
Italian
Nunzio's Restaurant
  • 2-4 Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PD
  • Open Monday–Sunday 17:30–23:00
  • 0044 1253 628926
Upscale Dining
Italian
Tiramisu
Cheap Eats
British
The Litten Tree
  • 8-14 Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PD
  • Open Monday 09:00–01:00, Tuesday–Wednesday 09:00–00:00, Thursday 09:00–01:00, Friday–Saturday 09:00–02:0, Sunday 09:00–23:30
  • www.littentreeblackpool.co.uk
  • 0044 1253 629930
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
The Promenade Cafe
  • 7 Cocker Square, Blackpool, FY1 1RX
  • Open Monday–Sunday 07:30–17:00
Mid-Range Fare
Chinese
Chu's Phoenix
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