Blackpool has long cemented its reputation as a British seaside resort and UK holiday destination. It’s not hard to see why, when you consider the number of events, entertainment venues, historic attractions, and beachfront activities that lay within its boundaries.
If you are thinking about spending a short break or longer holiday here, the accommodation options are plentiful. You could choose from caravan and camping facilities within easy reach of the town and its attractions, beachfront self-catering apartments, or hotels which range from luxury 4-star buildings, to smaller family run hotels. Whether you opt for an historic building, a caravan in the countryside, or a budget family hotel, there is something to suit your needs. If you want to find out more about Blackpool, why not read on to find out what this area of Lancashire has to offer.
Getting To And Around Blackpool
There are 3 train stations in Blackpool, Blackpool North which is on the Transpennine Express Lancaster – Blackpool – Preston – Manchester – Manchester Airport route, Blackpool Pleasure Beach also has its own mainline railway station on the Preston line, and Blackpool South, a station on the Preston, and Colne routes.
Air: Blackpool Airport is very close to the town, and has domestic and international flights arriving from a variety of destinations. Other options include Manchester Airport, which is 55 minute away, and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which is about an hour away.
Road: Blackpool, it’s airport, and main attractions, are well signposted on the main roads and motorway routes, and you can link up with the town via the M55, this links with the M6, and from there, the rest of the UK’s motorway network. Once in town you can get around via the tram service along the promenade, or take a bus if you don’t want to drive.
Way back in 1879, just 8 arc lamps were erected in Blackpool, and bathed the promenade there, in what was dubbed ‘artificial sunshine’. For 66 nights each year, from the 30th August to the 4th November, Blackpool is lit up with some stunning light features. Millions of people flock to the town to attend the celebrity switch on, and view the illuminations in the days following. If you’re in Blackpool for an autumn holiday, this is a must-see.
Another popular part of the Blackpool entertainment calendar, Showzam provides visitors with a whole host of entertainment. Ice skating and photography are among the workshops on offer, and there’s also street theatre, a facing painting festival, and magic shows to enjoy. In case you haven’t guessed, this is a variety event, so expect circus performances, dance, comedy, and other variety acts. You can also see behind the scenes at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, or Blackpool Winter Gardens on a guided tour. Events may vary each year.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
A theme park for all the family, whether you want to take in a show, treat the children to some rides, or brave the white knuckle rollercoasters such as ‘The Big One’ or Infusion. The Pleasure Beach is also home to the UK’s only Nickelodeon land.
There’s no shortage of things to do here, from traditional seaside entertainment, to sandy beaches, sports facilities, and historic buildings. Look out for the Blackpool Tower and Ballroom, Blackpool Zoo, the three piers along the seafront, and the historic Stanley Park.