Blackpool is Britain’s number one seaside resort with roughly 12 million visitors a year and a host of attractions. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an institution, and the unpredictable British weather isn’t enough to drive people away from its beaches, promenade and piers. You will also find endless amounts of souvenir shops selling everything from Blackpool rock to kiss-me-quick hats. As well as an abundance of cafes, fish and chip shops, and amusement arcades you would expect in an English seaside resort, the town also has a thriving nightlife which attracts a number of party revellers, especially stag and hen dos. Although the Blackpool illuminations are not a patch on Las Vegas, the town has retained its unique charm, capturing the hearts of visitors since its heyday.
Compact enough to navigate around the compact city centre, an economy car is perfect for Blackpool, where you shouldn’t encounter too many issues whilst driving.
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Important things to note
Blackpool can be reached from the M6 via the M55, the former connecting to other parts of the North West.
Blackpool is a fairly compact town, and tends to only suffer traffic congestion during the usual rush hours.
The centre of Blackpool is difficult to park in at times. If possible, try and find somewhere in the suburbs or a park and ride facility on the edge of town.
Highlights & Hotspots
A trip to Blackpool isn’t complete without heading to Pleasure Beach, where classic rides like the stomach-churning Big Dipper sit near kids’ rides like the Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic and Ghost Train. For more family fun, see the High Jinx Magic and illusion show at the Horseshoe Theatre.
Blackpool is home to a number of popular evening shows, including Britain’s longest running seaside show, Legends. Here you can see excellent impersonations of the likes of Elton John, Robbie Williams and Adele to name but a few, all in one place.
Blackpool Tower was made to replicate the Eiffel Tower and has been a major attraction since 1894, when it first opened to the public. The tower has managed to move with the times to compete with the growing number of tourist hot spots in town and features a 4D cinema experience.
A stroll down the promenade with a portion of takeaway fish and chips is another must when in town. There are plenty of great fisheries, including the brilliant C Fresh Fish and Chips, who pride themselves on their light, crispy batter and reassuringly grease free restaurant.
Blackpool International Airport is conveniently located just minutes from the town centre and also serves the rest of Lancashire and the Lake District.
The airport can be accessed by the A5230 Squires Gate Lane, which goes east to the M55 motorway. In the other direction, you end at the junction with Blackpool Promenade.