Blackpool – a whizzing, dizzying whirl of sound, colour and light, all happening in one city by the sea.
Blackpool is a traditional seaside resort in every sense of the word. Situated in the county of Lancashire on England’s northwestern coast, and facing out towards the Irish Sea, it’s famous for its iconic Tower and Promenade, seven miles of golden, award-winning beaches and the sheer wonder and magic of the Blackpool Illuminations.
Families, first-time visitors and plain old thrill-seekers have been visiting Blackpool for generations. The town’s reputation for classic seaside holidays is so legendary that it has to be experienced at least once. Rest assured however that once you do, you’ll never forget it. From thrills and spills and family entertainment to its historic gems, action-packed days out are aplenty in this happy-go-lucky, fun-loving town.
Feel the wind in your hair on white knuckle rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a huge 42-acre site which includes the UK’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster, The Big One, standing high and proud at an impressive 71.5 metres (235 feet). Just opposite is Sandcastle Indoor Waterpark, where you’re free to splish splash the day away on 15 different slides and rides, including Master Blaster – the world’s largest indoor water slide.
Enjoy a giggle as you walk along Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet, a huge piece of commissioned public art along Blackpool Promenade that’s sure to tickle your funny bone. Get up close and personal with the residents of Blackpool Zoo, and then pay a visit to the Sealife Centre, where you’ll encounter over 2,000 species of marine life along its walk-through ocean tunnel and interactive rockpool.
It’s not all thrills and spills though – Blackpool has a cultural side too. The Great Promenade Show on the South Shore seafront showcases a series of outdoor art installations from established and emerging English artists. From the largest mirror ball in the world to an organ played by the sea, it’s a great excuse for a seaside stroll.
Blackpool’s most iconic landmark is undoubtedly Blackpool Tower, whose tall spire has pierced the town’s skyline since 1894. It’s a Grade I-listed building with a wealth of heritage within, including the amazingly opulent Blackpool Tower Ballroom, with its unique sprung dance floor and iconic Wurlitzer organ. Indulge in dainty sandwiches and scones as part of afternoon tea beneath the sparkling chandeliers before plucking up the courage to join the whirling couples in a tango or waltz. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, as spectators are welcome too!
Blackpool also boasts three Victorian piers, the most famous of which is North Pier, which was built in 1862. It retains much of its old nostalgic character with a large wooden deck, traditional theatre and a beautiful two-storey carousel.
Each year, from late August until early November, Blackpool’s iconic Promenade lights up the night skies as millions of neon and electric lights are switched on for the Illuminations. The tradition started with the royal family’s first visit to Blackpool in 1912 and today this sparkling spectacle attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Book a tour in advance and hop aboard the heritage tram to take in the entire six-mile stretch.