A favourite destination of the British, Blackpool represents a British seaside holiday in all its glory. It has a long-standing reputation for summer fun, flashing lights and frolics. Book a nice hotel in Blackpool for a terrific bit of domestic vacationing with endless delights on offer.
Hotels in BlackpoolWhile Blackpool might be a family-friendly destination, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got plenty of luxury to offer, and there are lots of hotels in Blackpool which will give you high-end service. There are plenty clustered around the Pleasure Beach which offer WiFi, flat-screen televisions and coffee and tea-making facilities, many of which also have on-site pools, gyms and spas. A number of the more luxurious hotels will also offer conference facilities and assistance in getting tickets to those must-see shows. It’s not just recognisable names offering this sort of service, with plenty of affordable family-run guesthouses and lodges also competing to pamper you.
Places to stay in Blackpool – Popular areasMost of Blackpool’s hotels are clustered along the beachfront. New South Promenade is located at the south of the beach and is found right next to the renowned theme park, Pleasure Beach. The selection of hotels caters to a wide variety of budgets, and it’s possible to find Blackpool hotel deals in this area if you book in advance. New South Promenade is popular with families and a number of hotels are particularly family oriented. With many other attractions in the vicinity, the area is lively and bustling, making it an ideal location to keep the whole family entertained.
For those searching for peace and quiet, the North Shore is a fantastic option. The North offers a good range of hotels outside of the noise of the Blackpool city centre. In addition, the excellent tram service makes it very easy to get to the beach and the amusement parks.
The town centre offers plenty of shopping opportunities during the day and a vibrant nightlife when the sun goes down. This is the perfect place for anyone looking to socialise into the wee hours, especially during the weekend.
Another option would be to stay in hotels near Blackpool. St, Anne’s and Lytham are both relatively close to Blackpool and offer more budget friendly accommodation in the form of holiday flats. Blackpool is easily reached via the efficient bus service, and both locations have their own beaches and other facilities in case the lights of Blackpool become a bit too bright. For any of your Blackpool breaks, take the time to book in advance to get a good deal.
From cheap to family friendly to luxury, hotels in Blackpool offers plenty of accommodation types to fit your needs. Use our tool at the top of this page to search for, and filter hotels according to location, price and guest rating.
Things to see in BlackpoolBefore your visit, it is well worth investing in the Blackpool Big Ticket. This gives you a pass to seven of the top attractions, which include Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Jungle Jims, Sea Life, Blackpool Tower Eye, The Ballroom and The Tower Circus. The Big Ticket costs £45 for an adult with a saving of over 50%; the extra bonus here is that it is valid for 90 days so it can even encompass a second short break as well.
Sandcastle Waterpark, one of the UK’s largest indoor waterparks with more than 20 slides and attractions, is a firm favourite with the kids and guarantees hours of fun.
No trip to Blackpool is complete without a visit to Pleasure Beach. One of the most nostalgic of attractions, it features a number of old school rollercoasters amongst its collection of over 145 rides.
The Winter Gardens, opened in 1878, is an entertainment venue that offers a range of theatre, comedy, concerts, cinema and more throughout the year. We recommend checking the programme of events and booking a ticket well in advance of your visit to Blackpool, as it can get quite busy during the high-season.
Finally, there is the Blackpool Illuminations, which is the annual Blackpool light festival. It includes sculptures, light projections and live street performances, and it increases in magnitude with each year. The illuminations start in August and continue until the October half term, and it’s completely free of charge.
What and where to eat in BlackpoolIn general, Blackpool’s food is very much an eclectic mix from around the world. Italian and Mexican restaurants can be found alongside Chinese and Indian restaurants, all of which cater to both partygoers and family groups.
Lovers of local culture can’t visit Blackpool without sampling some traditional fish and chips – battered or breadcrumbed cod and place served with a hefty helping of vinegar-drizzled deep-fried potatoes. Many of these classic chippys can be found along the beachfront promenade. A favourite is the excellent seafront Harry Ramsdens, which offers a range of fish all covered in light batter and complimented by thick chips.
Many of the hotels will offer their guests a full English breakfast, which usually consists of sausages, eggs, bacon, hash browns, fried tomatoes, baked beans toast and tea. It’s a great morning meal that will set you up nicely for a day of sightseeing and theme parks.
Ice cream stalls are abundant in the summer months, and nothing beats walking along the beach with a cone filled with soft vanilla ice cream and garnished with a chocolate flake bar. Just ask for a ‘99’.
When to visit BlackpoolThe high season is particularly long in Blackpool, and it runs from March all the way through to October. Summer runs from June to August and is generally the warmest time, and you can choose this season if you’re looking for nonstop beachfront excitement. This is also the time when most of the amusement parks and festivals are in full swing.
For those that prefer cooler weather, spring can be ideal as it brings fresh breezes, very light rain and warm sun. This is a perfect time for a romantic walk along the pier. For cheap Blackpool hotels, travel in spring, and see the flowers come out in bloom in the city’s public parks.
Cooler weather usually begins late October and carries through to February. However, this is the time that Blackpool truly comes to light with the Blackpool Illuminations, one of the highlights of the year. It finishes in mid-November to make room for the twinkling lights of Christmas, making Blackpool a good travel destination even during winter. During the cold winter months, the city erupts with festive activities – from craft markets to the Christmas lights celebration.
Travel in BlackpoolGetting around Blackpool is easy due to the Blackpool Transport Services. You can travel via the charming, old-fashioned Blackpool Tramway, a series of antique low-floor street cars that whizz and whirl through the city centre and along the complete stretch of Blackpool’s seafront. The town is also well-served by an abundance of easily navigable and affordable buses, which will fill in any gaps missed by the Tramway. The buses are run by 2 operators, Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach, and each offer day passes for their respective bus routes.
It’s a good idea to get a Blackpool1 ticket for the best value; it covers both trams and buses. These can be bought directly on the buses, or at Travel shops on Market Street. Different length tickets are on offer from simple day passes, three-day weekend or even a full week.