Blackpool Travel Guide

Tourist Guide
Blackpool Pleasure Beach showing rides

Whether for amusement rides or art deco glamour, this vibrant coastal town has long enchanted visitors with its history, landmarks and entertainment scene.

Nestled along the shores of the Irish Sea, Blackpool has attracted generations of travellers who come for the enticing blend of Victorian heritage, iconic amusement park and vibrant art scene.

Things to do in Blackpool

Get your bearings from the top of Blackpool Tower, which, with a design reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower, dominates the town skyline. The viewing deck at the apex of the 158-metre (518-foot) tower offers excellent photo opportunities. From there, head to the long Central Pier, so emblematic of the British seaside resort atmosphere. Stroll along the promenade, play arcade games and ride the Ferris Wheel. For several months a year, the Blackpool Illuminations put on a mesmerising display of colour and creativity. The show has been transforming the promenade since 1879.

Row a boat, play pitch-and-putt or enjoy a picnic at the large Stanley Park. Give yourself plenty of time to walk through the Italian Garden, with its lion sculptures, Florentine fountains and pretty café, all an homage to the Victorian way of life.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been luring thrill-seekers since 1896. Today, it offers roller coasters, the aptly named Big One, with a 71.6-metre (235-foot) drop, water rides, a haunted house and more. Don’t miss the Big Dipper, a classic wooden rollercoaster.

Spend a couple of hours shopping at the Houndshill Shopping Centre, with its diverse range of shops, boutiques and restaurants. Pick up local produce, unique items, handmade crafts, traditional rock candy and illustrated souvenirs at Abingdon Street Market and Blackpool Central Market, both reflecting the town’s seaside charm and heritage.

Blackpool’s history and culture

The Winter Gardens serve as a focal point for Blackpool cultural gatherings, concerts, theatre performances and dance competitions. Admire the ornate building, which dates back to 1878 and showcases a blend of Victorian and art deco styles.

Attend a show at The Grand Theatre, one of the town’s best venues for live shows. It’s known as the National Theatre of Variety for its wide range of performances, from live comedy to tribute bands. Consider, too, the Blackpool Opera House for its regular lineup of variety shows, concerts and theatrical performances. Art enthusiasts won’t want to miss The Grundy Art Gallery, founded in 1911 and known for its contemporary art exhibitions.

Dining and nightlife in Blackpool

Don’t pass up the chance to indulge in traditional fish and chips, a classic British dish that always seems to taste better when enjoyed seaside. The evening brings out the Blackpool nightlife scene at numerous bars with live music and vibrant clubs along the Promenade and in the town centre. Queen Street, which runs from the North train station to the North Pier, is lined with more than 20 bars, nightclubs and live music venues.

Getting around Blackpool

To visit Blackpool, fly into Manchester International Airport. Trains run from the airport to Blackpool North station every half-hour. Trains also run from Liverpool, Manchester and London. Once in the town, use the tramway to get up and down the promenade, the local bus, taxi and car rental to get around.v

Where to stay in Blackpool

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Blackpool Town Center

4/5(437 area reviews)

Blackpool Town Center is noteworthy for its theatres, and you can make a stop at top attractions like SEA LIFE Blackpool and Coral Island.

Blackpool Town Center
Blackpool Central Library which includes heritage architecture

North Shore

4/5(800 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and breathtaking beach views are just a few highlights of North Shore. Make a stop by North Pier or Winter Gardens while you're exploring the area.

North Shore
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South Shore

4/5(978 area reviews)

South Shore is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Blackpool.

South Shore