Blackpool is known as the 'fun city' of the north, attracting visitors in their millions every year. Its seven miles of golden sands are backed by a long esplanade, with electric trams, piers, ballrooms, theatres, amusements, award-wining theme parks and entertainments of every sort.
Blackpool Beach and Tower
Like many other British seaside towns, Blackpool starting out as a humble fishing village, which quickly developed as a resort following the arrival of the railway in the 1840s. Star attractions include the iconic seafront tower, winter illuminations and an enormous fun park (pleasure beach).
Blackpool's piers, trams and Winter Gardens all date back to Victorian Times. The first pier was built in 1863, quickly followed by two more: North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier. All of which provide classic seaside enjoyment with sundecks, amusement arcades, thrill rides. Plus bars and restaurants with sea views and live entertainment during the summer months.
Blackpool's Historic Trams
The 518 ft red steel tower is the town's most famous landmark. This whimsical showpiece was built in 1894 as imitation of the Eiffel Tower in France. Just like the one in Paris, you can ride a lift to the top to enjoy its spectacular views. The tower's base houses a massive entertainment complex with a Ballroom, Butterfly Garden, Jungle, Tropical Paradise and the famous Tower Circus.
Blackpool's heritage electric trams run regularly along the length of the seafront providing the most convenient way to visit all the sights and attractions. During the autumn the entire promenade is ablaze at night with coloured lights, lasers and illuminations. Even the tramcars are transformed into spectacular colourful creations, such as a Moon Rockets, Showboats and Steam Trains.
Alongside its many entertainments, Blackpool also has a number of pleasant parks and green open spaces. Including Stanley Park, with its beautiful Italianesque garden, noted for its roses and chrysanthemums. Along with all the traditional entertainments of a bandstand, boating lake, children's playground, bowling greens and even a model village.
Just a few miles to the south is the much quieter resort of Lytham St Annes, with soft sandy beaches, dunes, pleasant parks and professional golf courses.
One of the biggest attractions is the Pleasure Beach, with 100s of fun fair rides, including the world's fastest roller coaster and Europe's first 360 roller coaster, the Super Dooper Looper. Includes Nickelodeon Land with a host of your favourite characters.
Opening times: daily from 10am - Admission Charge
Location: 525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool FY4 1EZ
Tel: 0871 222 1234
The famous illuminations are a great attraction from early September to late October, when the promenade, the trams, tower and the pleasure beach are dazzlingly lit up.
Opening times: September to late October - Free Access
Founded in 1911, the gallery hosts a permanent collection of 19th to 20th century British masterpieces, along with a varied programme of contemporary exhibitions.
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm - Free Entry
Location: Queen St, Blackpool FY1 1PU
Tel: 01253 478170
This recently refurbished, flamboyant facility has been providing public entertainment since 1878. With several venues for shows and events, including ballrooms, themed rooms and the famous Blackpool Opera House. Licensed bars, restaurant and cafe.
Location: 97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL
Tel: 01253 625252