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Located in North Shore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blackpool Beach, Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Grand Theatre. Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Coral ...
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Famous for its tower, beachfront amusement park and iconic piers, Blackpool has long been a favourite seaside resort with British holidaymakers, who have been visiting since way back in the 18th century. Today, Blackpool’s classic attractions sit alongside fantastic tourist amenities, from a wide array of hotels and B&Bs to lively bars and restaurants. When thinking about Blackpool, the beach and Blackpool Tower are probably the first things that spring to mind, but the town is also surrounded by a varied and dramatic landscape, reminiscent of the neighbouring Lake District.
One of the North West’s most iconic attractions, Blackpool Tower was inspired by Paris's Eiffel Tower, and opened five years after the French landmark in 1894. Standing 518ft tall, the Grade I-listed building offers incredible views of the sea, beach and the beautiful scenery that surrounds the town. It also contains the magical Blackpool Tower Ballroom, a traditional, elegant ballroom with a unique sprung dance floor, as well as the Blackpool Tower Circus, which hasn't missed a season since its opening in the late 19th century. If planning to spend time enjoying the attractions here, book a hotel near Blackpool Tower, such as the Imperial Hotel, built in the 1860s, which has its own spa.
Competing with the Tower for the mantle of Blackpool’s most iconic attraction is Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It's one of the UK's oldest amusement parks, and features a number of exciting and legendary rides, such as the Big One and Valhalla. The park is home to 10 rollercoasters, several of which are classic wooden affairs; the oldest, the Big Dipper, opened in 1923. Blackpool Pleasure Beach was voted best theme park in the UK and ninth best in Europe by the Travellers' Choice Awards in 2014. For a stay within easy reach of the park, check out our hotels near Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Holidaying for Brits has changed almost beyond recognition in recent decades, but Blackpool has managed to retain its crown as the king of UK seaside resorts. Crowds of visitors continue to come to the town to lap up the traditional atmosphere which is lacking in many newer resorts – they arrive in droves, as they've always done, for the bingo halls, piers, fish and chip shops and sweet Blackpool rock. The town really comes alive after dark, when entertainment venues and nightclubs open and it seems that everyone congregates down on the promenade. A good time to visit is between late August and November, when the famous Blackpool Illuminations see the promenade, trams and Blackpool Tower decked out in colourful lights.
Blackpool’s fun attractions and the amusement rides of Blackpool Pleasure Beach make the seaside resort a fantastic destination for families with kids of all ages. If your toddlers are too young to ride the rollercoasters, or if you prefer gentler family activities, there’s no shortage of other things to do. Blackpool Zoo is home to lemurs, big cats, zebras and giraffes, while the Grand Theatre hosts musicals, sing-along shows and more. There’s also the beach, of course – six miles of sand where you can swim, relax or play games. Browse our selection of family-friendly hotels in Blackpool, including the Sandford Promenade Hotel with its babysitting and childcare facilities, and begin planning your trip.
Most of Blackpool’s main attractions are spread out along the seafront, and walking down its promenades and piers is the best way to soak up the atmosphere. If you suffer from mobility issues, though, or if you’re just tired out after a day’s activities, then there’s an extensive bus network in place. There’s also the Blackpool Tramway, a reliable tram service providing an energy-efficient mode of transport along 11 miles of coastline. A ride on a historic tram is not to be missed, especially if you jump aboard one of the world’s only double-decker trams. They really encapsulate the old-school atmosphere of Blackpool.
Having enjoyed Blackpool, why not explore some of the North West’s other iconic cities? Our great deals on hotels in Liverpool and hotels in Manchester are a good place to start planning your northern road trip.