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Blackpool Guide

Welcome to Blackpool

 

Try white knuckle rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

See the largest collection of tropical sharks at Sea Life Blackpool

Explore the sights with Blackpool City Sightseeing

Don’t miss the annual Blackpool Illuminations

Catch a show at the Winter Gardens

See the unique and unforgettable Funny Girls show

 

Travelling to Blackpool

Blackpool Overview

Travelling To Overview

Blackpool has excellent transportation links making it easily accessible to the hoards of people who visit the seaside town each year. Preston, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales are a short distance away, and travelling further afield is easy thanks to frequent and reliable public transport.

By Rail

By Rail

Fast and frequent train services connect Blackpool North and South stations to Lancashire and beyond. Travelling to and from London by rail takes on average 3 hours 20 minutes. Trains north to Edinburgh take around 4 hours. 

By Road

By Road

Blackpool is easily accessible via the M55 motorway linking the resort with the M6 and Britain’s extensive motorway network. Travelling by road from anywhere in the country is simple, and Blackpool’s main attractions are well signposted to make your journey easy once you arrive.

By Air

By Air

Blackpool International Airport is situated just 2 ½ miles from the town centre and offers flights to a range of destinations across Europe and further afield. Manchester Airport is around a 1 hour drive away for any flights that unavailable at Blackpool itself.

Getting Around in Blackpool

Blackpool Overview

Getting Around Overview

Blackpool is easy to explore and the North and South Piers are separated by a pleasant walk along the ‘Golden Mile’.  The promenade tram makes it even easier to explore the delights of the seaside town.

By Bus

By Bus

Multi day travel cards are available as well as City Sightseeing tours of the town during the summer. The majority of hotels are on one of the numerous bus routes, meaning visitors can stay where they like and not worry about transport

By Tram

By Tram

Britain’s first electric public service tramway travels on 12 miles of track from Starr Gate to Fleetwood. The new state-of-the-art FLEXITY tram has now been introduced; all brand new models focus on customer comfort and safety, and making the tram links very efficient.

By Taxi

By Taxi

Taxis are readily available at both major train stations and all around the promenade area, and will take you all around Blackpool for very reasonable prices.

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Norbreck Castle Hotel

One of our best selling Blackpool hotels, located on Queen’s Promenade, just a short tram ride from the town centre and close to all of the major attractions. It’s great for families with an indoor swimming pool, a choice of restaurants and bars and even its own cinema!

Getting to Blackpool

Travelling to and from Blackpool is a relatively easy task as it’s one of the most popular short break cities in the UK. With its location just west of the M6, the largest motorway in the country, travelling by road is a very simple way of getting there. If you don’t want to have to hit the road, train services are frequent and reliable, and travel from the majority or major stations in the UK. Blackpool airport is also a possible travel option, although European flights are its main source of business. 

By Rail

By Rail

Rail is the easiest way to get to Blackpool from around the UK, as frequent and reliable services run throughout the day. Services connect both North and South Blackpool stations to Lancashire and the rest of the country. Travelling to and from London by rail takes on average 3 hours 20 minutes and trains north to Edinburgh take around 4 hours. As it’s one of the most popular seaside destinations in the country, there are plenty of trains to Blackpool that run on a regular basis.

By Road

By Road

Blackpool sits just west of the M6 motorway, the longest and one of the busiest in the UK. Easily accessible via the M55, journeys to the town by road are very simple. Thanks to the UK’s great road network driving to Blackpool from anywhere in the country is easy, and with the main attractions in the area clearly signposted you can find your way to wherever you need to go without any trouble

By Air

By Air

Blackpool International Airport is located just 2 ½ miles from the town centre and offers flights to a range of destinations across Europe and further afield. Manchester Airport is around a 1 hour drive away for any flights that unavailable at Blackpool itself. Jet2 is the most common airline provider to use Blackpool airport with the most common destinations being Alicante and Tenerife. The airline provider, Manx2 is the main one to fly across to the Isle of Mann and Ireland which is only a 40 minute flight. 

Getting around Blackpool

Blackpool is incredibly easy to get around in, thanks to a compact area of attractions and a generally flat landscape. Walking and cycling are the most common way to explore, as it’s preferred you don’t use cars in order to maintain the resorts fresh, clean air. A very effective tram system is available to take visitors around Blackpool, as well as numerous bus services that can take you to most places around the area. As an escape from the smoggy industrial cities, Blackpool’s crisp atmosphere is what draws in the thousands of visitors and their transport services strive to maintain that.

By Bus

By Bus

Bus services connect most hotels to all the attractions around Blackpool. The Tourist Information Centre and Blackpool Transport Services’ office on Market Street have timetables and discounted fare passes to help make your travel a little bit cheaper. Make sure you get a Metroguide bus map, which is also a convenient street map, so you can plan your travel routes for the day. Discounted travel passes for buses and trams can be purchased for 1, 3, 5 and 7 days.
By Bike

By Bike

Cycling is a great way to get around all of the attractions at your own pace whilst having fun on the bike too. You don’t even need to bring your own set of wheels either, as Blackpool has recently installed hundreds of bikes available for hire 24/7 from automated hubs along the promenade and inland around Stanley Park.  Just book your hire slot at www.hourbike.com/blackpool and enjoy a blissful ride around the beautiful seaside streets. There’s also a handy cycle park situated in the town centre, so if you do take your bike with you, it’s easy to lock it up while you enjoy the sights. 

By Foot

On Foot

The best way to get around the town, especially during summer monthsis on foot. With loads of entertainment happening throughout town centre, including street performers and musicians, walking from one great attraction to another is the only way to guarantee you don’t miss a thing. With the fresh air and the sounds of the seaside, walking is also the best way to enjoy the typical Blackpool atmosphere. Grab some candyfloss and take a stroll along the promenade for a truly British break.

Shopping in Blackpool

There are many shops in Blackpool selling a whole range of products. The main shopping areas are the streets surrounding Houndshill Shopping Centre which is in the heart of the town just a short walk from the promenade. Recently redeveloped, Houndshill houses big high street names, great cafes and coffee shops and a huge car park. For more of a local shopping experience, just to the east of the town you will find continental markets, boutique stores and shops selling local produce. 

Top Home Stores

Shopping Blackpool

1

The Coronation Rock Company, 72 Bank Hey Street, Blackpool

They sell their rock throughout the UK, in Europe, The Canary and Balearic Islands and as far away as Australia, and it’s so good that it’s won two Guinness World Records. 

2

Bonny Street Market, Bonney Street

This is the largest open-air market in Blackpool and is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike. Just 100 yards from the promenade, it sells a variety of produce at over 75 stalls.

3

Debenhams, 17 Victoria Street

A huge department store within the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre, Debenhams caters for shoppers every need, along with a delicious café and coffee shop.

4

Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street Blackpool, FY1 1PU

A huge exhibition of some of the best up-and-coming as well as established contemporary artists from the UK and abroad. The items to buy are of a very high standard.

5

TopShop, 17 Victoria Street

One of the most popular high street stores, Topshop takes the lead in Hounds Hill Shopping Centre and is one of the most popular clothing stores in the town.

Eating out in Blackpool

Blackpool is popular with people from all over the world due to it being one of the most traditional seaside towns in the UK, therefore the variety in cuisines and places to eat is very diverse, and perfect if you’re staying for a few nights so you can try different things. From Chinese to Italian, French to good old fish & chips, there’s bound to be something that you’ll love. And if you can’t find anywhere, you can always head to the promenade and fill up on candyfloss and doughnuts!

Top 5 Most Popular Blackpool Restaurants

Eating Out

1

Tiramisu, 91 Abingdon Street, Blackpool

Whatever the occasion for your meal out, this romantic little Italian will provide the perfect atmosphere and service for your needs. Great food at great prices.

2

Dahlia’s Kitchen, The Garden Place Cropper Road, Blackpool

Perfect for afternoon tea of a relaxing lunch, with delicious home made cakes and an infamous Sunday lunch too

3

Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant, 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool

First class service and delicious food, this Chinese and Cantonese restaurant is said to be one of the best in Blackpool. Not the cheapest but the food makes it worth it

4

Lahore Restaurant, 8 Station Road, The Sandhurst Licensed Hotel, FY4 1BE

This ‘hidden gem’ is one of Blackpool’s only Indian restaurants, and provides amazing food at very reasonable prices

5

Rowley’s Restaurant, Blackpool FC Hotel | Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FY1 5JJ

Traditional British cuisine at its best, this modern restaurant has a great atmosphere and very friendly staff to help you with all of your needs. 

Nightlife in Blackpool

Nightlife is huge in Blackpool, and as it’s incredibly popular with hen and stag do’s, bars and clubs are in abundance. However, for those visitors who aren’t into the bar scene, there are plenty of other amazing attractions to keep you entertained and away from busy crowds. Whether you love a good show at the theatre or fancy holding your nerve on the infamous Pepsi Max: The Big One, Blackpool’s nightlife is full of ideas for you. 

Top 5 Blackpool Nightlife

1

Pepsi Max: The Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Once the tallest rollercoaster in Europe, the Pepsi Max is a must do for any adrenaline junky. If you book online before you go, you can save £10 on your ticket

2

Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT

Designed by Frank Matcham in 1894, this amazing space is a wonder of restoration and revival, presenting a full range of every performing art form.

3

Paris Casino, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool fy1 4eu

A great place to enjoy a night time gamble, with very friendly staff, a delicious restaurant and reasonably priced bar, too. 

4

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Bank Hey Street, Blackpool FY1 5BJ

If you’re brave enough, delve into Blackpool’s most horrible history and experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects.

5

Comedy Carpet, Blackpool Promenade

A long line of quotes from famous comedy genius’ from over the years. You can walk on top of it and enjoy a laugh at some of the best one-liners the world has heard. 

Bars in Blackpool

A hugely popular destination for hen and stag do’s, Blackpool’s bar scene is thriving and full of choice. From the usual well-know and loved venues like Flares, Yates’ and Reflex to more upmarket and sophisticated bars like Manchester and The Litten Tree, the variety of destinations means you can try something different every night of your stay. Whatever your style of music or your taste in drinks, there’s something to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning. 

Top 5 Blackpool Bars

1

Manchester, 231-233 Central Promenade, Blackpool FY1 6AH

One of most well-renowned pubs on the promenade, Manchester caters for all types of visitors. Serving high quality traditional ales as well as popular contemporary drinks.

2

The Dutton Arms, 441 South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1AR

A traditional family pub, serving great food throughout the day, drinks until the early hours and live sport on widescreen TVs. 

3

Saddle Inn, 407-411 The Promenade, Blackpool

Built in 1776, the Saddle Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Blackpool. A splendid air of yesteryear with a warm and welcoming atmosphere

4

Reflex, 193-197 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5DL

The best 80’s and pop party venue in Blackpool. A sea front bar with and electric atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to really let your hair down. 

5

Yates’s South Promenade, 407-411 The Promenade, Blackpool

Five minutes walk from Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a great view over the sea, popular Yates’s is a great place to head for relaxing drinks and great music. 

Bars in Blackpool

A hugely popular destination for hen and stag do’s, Blackpool’s bar scene is thriving and full of choice. From the usual well-know and loved venues like Flares, Yates’ and Reflex to more upmarket and sophisticated bars like Manchester and The Litten Tree, the variety of destinations means you can try something different every night of your stay. Whatever your style of music or your taste in drinks, there’s something to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning

Top 5 Blackpool Attractions

1

Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool

Buy an unlimited ride wristband at around £25pp (you can save about £5 by booking online), or buy a pass for just £5 which includes several attractions and a show

2

Blackpool Tower and Circus, Promenade

Britain's best Circus, Ballroom dancing, Dungeons, 4D Cinema and the brand new Tower Eye are just some of the attractions here.

3

Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP

Blackpool Zoo is a family friendly attraction, providing fun and education for all ages. Over 1000 animals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates reside in a scenic 32 acre park.

4

Stanley Park, West Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 9HQ

A significant Grade II listed and Green Flag Award winning green space, situated within the heart of Blackpool, Stanley park is the perfect day out for picnics, walks and architecture.

5

Madame Tussauds, 89 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA

Madame Tussauds, Blackpool opened its doors on 21st April 2011 and is filled with the best of UK celebrity. A must see for visitors to Blackpool

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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Blackpool and here are just a few!

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    Armed Forces Week - June

    Blackpool is a great place to be when this week of commemoration rolls around each June

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    Blackpool Pride - June

    One of the biggest in the UK, Blackpool's Pride coincides with the Same Sex Dancing Festival

  • 3

    Blackpool Airshow - August

    An impressive spectacle every year, both classic and modern planes take part

  • 4

    Blackpool Illuminations - August

    With a big switch-on celebration, the world's best free light show stays on til November

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    World Fireworks Championships - September

    Competitors from around the world light up the Blackpool night sky with gorgeous displays

Out and About in Blackpool

Blackpool Shopping

Shopping

The glamorous Houndshill Shopping Centre is in the heart of the town just a short walk from the Promenade and features all your favourite stores.


Eating out in Blackpool

Eating Out

From locally caught fresh fish to award winning restaurants, Blackpool has something on offer for everyone.


Blackpool Nightlife

NightLife

Blackpool is popular for stag and hen parties with a lively nightlife and has a number of bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres.


Blackpool Bars

Bars

There’s no shortage of pubs and bars in Blackpool offering everything from locally brewed ales to big screen sports.


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