Holidays in Blackpool

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Blackpool, in the northern county of Lancashire, is a seaside resort town located along England's northwest coastline. It is amongst the UK's top holiday destinations. The seafront includes expansive beaches, traditional piers, huge roller coasters and the iconic Blackpool Tower which dominates the skyline.

Blackpool Holidays: Travel Essentials

Those who fly into Blackpool arrive at the Blackpool International Airport. The Blackpool North and Blackpool South train stations link Blackpool with Preston, Nelson and other nearby towns. Blackpool enjoys reasonably warm summers, and the best time to take Blackpool holidays is between the months of May and August when the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. Getting around the town is easy either on foot, or by way of the classic Blackpool Tramway which runs along the seafront.

Blackpool Holidays: Activities & Attractions

The largest fairground in the U.K. is the Pleasure Beach Blackpool. It is home to eleven roller coasters such as the "Pepsi Max Big One" which is the largest in Britain. The primary beach in Blackpool is the famous Blackpool Central Beach that runs along the promenade. Along its expanse there are three piers each with various rides such as the giant ferris wheel, or the dodgems at the central pier. Ice cream kiosks and shops surround the area, and visitors should be sure to try a portion of traditional fish and chips, fried to perfection. Note that dogs are not permitted on this beach, but there are deck chairs for hire.

For an aerial view visitors can go up the 158 metre Blackpool Tower during their Blackpool holidays. So much more than just a tower; across its various levels there are lavish ballrooms, a circus and aquarium. This tower also becomes the centrepiece for the Blackpool Illuminations during November; an annual light display throughout the centre of Blackpool whereby more than one million colourful bulbs light up the Blackpool promenade.

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