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Blackpool travel guide

Blackpool - seaside fun all year round

Bold, brash and beautiful, Blackpool is Britain's playground by the sea. It's Britain's most popular seaside resort packed with wall to wall family entertainment.

Memory of Blackpool

“We had a donkey ride, went down water slides, saw a magic show and went on massive rides, all in one day!”

Róisín (age 8) Ireland

Culture & heritage

Visitors first flocked to Blackpool in Victorian times and it’s been known as the archetypal English seaside resort ever since. Much has changed but you’ll still find clanking trams, celebrated theatres, historic wooden rollercoasters and a nostalgic shot of seaside fun. Blackpool tower, built in 1894, still commands fantastic views over the resort.

Shopping

From high end to the high street, Blackpool offers a wide range of shops. The shining new Hounds Hill Shopping Centre has all your favourite stores under one roof. And don’t leave town without a souvenir stick of rock, the sticks of boiled candy with Blackpool’s name running through them.

Attractions

Whether you want a night on the town or a day at the beach, Blackpool is jam-packed with things to see and do. Don’t miss Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool Tower with its vertigo-inducing glass floor, the fastest rollercoaster in the world at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach or the rides and arcades along the front.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Founded in 1896, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is not only one of Britain’s oldest theme parks but also boasts the tallest rollercoaster in the UK in the Pepsi Max Big One, with drops of 62m. In total there are nearly 40 rides and several shows and extravaganzas catering to families with children as well as thrill seekers.

 

 

Top daytime must-do's

Top night time must do's

Visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach and brave some of the biggest thrill rides in Europe

Visit during September to see the Blackpool Illuminations sparkle

Splash down at the Sandcastle Waterpark , the family water park with pools and slides

Enjoy a show at one of Blackpool’s piers, theatres or ballrooms

Relax on 7 miles of sandy beach

Have a drink at the North Pier Bar and soak up sea views and Victorian charm

Scale Blackpool Tower and take in the far-reaching views

Check out the Great Promenade Show , the superb, free outdoor sculpture exhibition

Join more than 1,000 species of underwater life at the Sea Life Centre .

Dance to star DJs at The Syndicate , the UK’s biggest club

Sport

Get moving in Blackpool and enjoy activities from paintballing to ballroom dancing and everything in between. Zoom down the slides at the Sandcastle water park, try rock climbing at the 20m climbing towers or try your hand at ice skating. And if you fancy something a little more sedate, why not have a paddle in the sea? 

Food & drink

You’ll find a range of cuisine from all over the world in Blackpool but traditional fish ‘n’ chips are still a delicious and popular choice. For something a little more upmarket, try Kwizeen , the restaurant that serves local produce with aplomb. You could also try the Pleasure Beach’s White Tower Restaurant .

Music & nightlife

West End hits, sell-out concerts, ballet and operas, tributes to the stars, circus, illusion and cool, contemporary productions – Blackpool has them all. Add a splash of cabaret, a dash of cutting edge club culture and you’ve got a recipe for fun that suits all comers.

Buy before you fly

To make your trip to Blackpool easier, you can buy tickets to attractions, travel passes, and much more at our online shop, and avoid the queues! For more great offers, go to VisitBritain Shop .


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Population
143,000
Region
England's North Country
Closest airport
Blackpool International Airport
Football club
Blackpool FC
Famous locals
Graham Nash, Robert Smith, Chris Lowe
Local food
Rock (traditional seaside sweets)
Nearest towns / cities
Manchester, Liverpool

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