Relax by the Seaside in Blackpool
Blackpool has been named the UK’s favourite seaside resort among Britons. The maritime climate is moderate, the beaches are sandy and accommodation is plentiful. Read more.
Relax by the Seaside in Blackpool
Blackpool has been named the UK’s favourite seaside resort among Britons. The maritime climate is moderate, the beaches are sandy and accommodation is plentiful. Visitors can take advantage of the full Wi-Fi access available throughout the entire town centre and promenade and even take a virtual Wi-Fi tour of Blackpool while relaxing along the beach front. Blackpool was the first municipality in the world to embrace electric street lighting, and has the UK’s only surviving first generation tramway. The offering for the millions of tourists annually is constantly being enhanced, providing a dynamic and enjoyable experience for all types of visitors.
Putting the fun into history
As a resort town, Blackpool has a number of paid attractions and covering them all is made easier by the Blackpool Resort Pass. The pass includes entry to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Nickelodeon Land, The Blackpool Tower Eye & Dungeon, Sea Life Blackpool and Madame Tussauds. Each September to November, the Blackpool Illuminations Festival lights up a stretch of almost six miles with one million lamps in various styles and attracts millions of visitors. The world’s first permanent electric tramway opened in Blackpool in 1885 and still remains today, drawing tram enthusiasts from all over the globe. Blackpool is unlike most other beach towns in that it still has three piers open to visitors. The North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier each have their own unique character and a combination of historic ambience and modern entertainment. No trip to Blackpool would be complete without taking in a show at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Home to the Empress Ballroom, The Opera House and The Pavilion Theatre, it is regarded as one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in town.
Where to stay in Blackpool
It’s no surprise Britain’s favourite beach resort town has an impressive range of accommodation to choose from. From award-winning luxury to budget options for families and seasoned travellers, it’s easy to find the perfect room. It’s possible to book a stay in a hotel, hostel, self-catered apartment or caravan park, all within walking distance of the beach. The North shore tends to be quieter than the town centre so choose this area for relaxation. For proximity to the big attractions such as Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle, the South Promenade area is your best bet.
Arriving in Blackpool and Exploring the City
Blackpool International Airport services a number of flights from European cities. Alternatively, travellers can fly into Manchester International Airport and jump on a direct train to Blackpool. Train connections from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh via Preston Station are a good option for cross country travel to Blackpool. Bus and tram services connect most Blackpool hotels to the major attractions in town. Walking can be extremely enjoyable, with three piers, the South Promenade and many pedestrianised areas in the town centre to scope out. Cyclists are well catered for in Blackpool with handy bicycle parking in town and access to the National Cycle Network trails.