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Blackpool Central Pier

With its arcade games, rides and palm readers, this fun and entertaining wharf was designed as a lighter alternative to its genteel northern neighbor.

Blackpool Central Pier has long been among the preeminent attractions in the city. It stands out as the most entertaining pier in this popular coastal resort, with plenty of rides and attractions for kids and adults. Ride high above the cityscape on the iconic Ferris wheel for excellent views of the Irish Sea and the rest of the Fylde Coast. 

Take a pleasant stroll to the end of the pier and feel the cool, salty air on your face, as you capture photos of the vista. Bring your children to experience the fun and exciting rides dotted along the pier. Take them on the bumper cars and watch them play the arcade games. Test your luck in the casino and its rows of slot machines.  

The pier also has a charming café offering a selection of drinks and snacks and a stunning view of the sea. Browse the range of intriguing items available at the gift shops and get your fortune told by a palm reader. Watch the seagulls gathering around the pier and listen for their familiar seaside squawks. The Ferris wheel is the most iconic sight in the area, as it can be seen from a great distance along the flat terrain of Blackpool. Go for a ride at night when the wheel is illuminated in bright lights. 

The pier was first opened in 1868, when dancing and roller skating were the main activities. It was the second of Blackpool’s three main piers to be built, after the North Pier and before the South Pier. Note that it is free to access the pier, which is open to the public at all times. Individual rides and attractions have varied time slots.

Blackpool Central Pier juts into the Irish Sea from the central section of the city. Ride the beachside tramway to the Central Pier stop a little north of the pier. See other sights surrounding the wharf, such as Madame Tussauds Blackpool, SEA LIFE Blackpool and Fun Land Amusements.


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Hampton by Hilton Blackpool £43
Hampton by Hilton Blackpool

Hampton by Hilton Blackpool

     
    3.5 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Blackpool hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Blackpool Beach and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Blackpool Illuminations and Blackpool Central Pier are also within 2 miles (3 km). Blackpool Pleasure Beach Station is 5 minutes by foot and Squires Gate Station is 17 minutes.

    Backpackers Blackpool £15
    Backpackers Blackpool

    Backpackers Blackpool

       
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Blackpool Town Center, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements, Coral Island and Blackpool Central Pier. Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Tower Ballroom are also within 15 minutes. Blackpool South Station is 17 minutes by foot and Blackpool North Station is 24 minutes.

      The Imperial Hotel £46
      The Imperial Hotel

      The Imperial Hotel

         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this North Shore hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gynn Square and Blackpool Grand Theatre. Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Tower Ballroom are also within 1 mile (2 km). Blackpool North Station is 12 minutes by foot and Layton Station is 29 minutes.

        Foxhall Village Guest House £28
        Foxhall Village Guest House

        Foxhall Village Guest House

        21-23 York Street, Blackpool, England
           
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Blackpool Town Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements and Blackpool Central Pier. Coral Island and Blackpool Tower Ballroom are also within 10 minutes. Blackpool South Station is 22 minutes by foot and Blackpool North Station is 24 minutes.

          Chaplins Hotel - Guest house £74
          Chaplins Hotel - Guest house

          Chaplins Hotel - Guest house

             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Blackpool Town Center, this guesthouse is steps away from Blackpool Tower and Coral Island. Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Blackpool Grand Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Blackpool North Station is 17 minutes by foot and Blackpool South Station is 25 minutes.

            The H Hotel £20
            The H Hotel

            The H Hotel

            Hornby Road, Blackpool, England
               
              2.5 out of 5.0

              This hotel is located in Blackpool (Blackpool Town Center), close to Winter Gardens, Blackpool Tower, and Blackpool Grand Theatre. Also nearby are Coral Island and Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

              Almar Hotel £40
              Almar Hotel

              Almar Hotel

              48 Central Drive, Blackpool, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Blackpool Town Center, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Coral Island and Blackpool Tower. Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Blackpool Central Pier are also within 10 minutes. Blackpool North Station is 15 minutes by foot and Blackpool South Station is 25 minutes.

                Honley Hotel £40
                Honley Hotel

                Honley Hotel

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Blackpool Town Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Blackpool Beach, Blackpool Tower and Coral Island. Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Blackpool Central Pier are also within 10 minutes. Blackpool North Station is 15 minutes by foot and Blackpool South Station is 24 minutes.