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Helping you plan your stay in Blackpool

Blackpool is the destination for lovers of sand and sun in the UK. It’s a perfect place for those with a love for the simple pleasures of a beach and amusements. Whether you’re trying your luck on the arcades, promenading on the pier with some piping-hot fish and chips or gazing up at the illuminated tower, Blackpool is a place designed to plaster a grin on your face.

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 Blackpool

While Blackpool might be a family-friendly destination, it’s got plenty of luxury to offer, with lots of hotels boasting a high-end service. There are plenty clustered around Pleasure Beach offering WiFi, flat-screen televisions as well as many other amenities such as on-site pools, gyms and spas. A number of Blackpool’s luxury hotels will also offer conference facilities and assistance in getting tickets to those must-see shows. And it’s not just recognisable hotel names offering this sort of service, plenty of affordable family-run guesthouses and lodges will also be competing to pamper you.

Popular places to stay in Blackpool

Most 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 small hours, especially during the weekend. Another option would be to stay in hotels near Blackpool. Lytham St. Anne’s is 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 luxury and family-friendly hotels, 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.

Top attractions and things to see in Blackpool

Before your visit, it is well worth investing in the Blackpool Big Ticket which will give you access to these seven of the top attractions:
  • Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Jungle Jims
  • Sea Life
  • Blackpool Tower Eye
  • The Ballroom
  • 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.

Of course, 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. Sandcastle Waterpark also guarantees hours of fun and is a firm favourite amongst kids. As one of the UK’s largest indoor waterparks, it has more than 20 slides and attractions.

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 Blackpool

In 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 plaice served with a hefty helping of vinegar-drizzled deep-fried potatoes – which you’ll find at the classic chippy’s (Harry Ramsdens being a firm favourite) along the beachfront promenade.

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’.

Best time to visit Blackpool

The high season is particularly long in Blackpool, running from March all the way through to October. Summer runs from June to August and is generally the warmest time, and therefore when most of the amusement parks and festivals are in full swing. Choose this season if you’re looking for nonstop beachfront excitement.

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 if you’re looking for a winter break, this is the time that Blackpool truly comes to light with Illuminations, one of the highlights of the year which finishes in mid-November to make room for the twinkling lights of Christmas and other festive activities – from craft markets to the Christmas lights celebration.

Travel in Blackpool

Getting 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 streetcars 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 affordable bus service, which will fill in any gaps missed by the Tramway. The buses are run by 2 operators, Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach, each offering 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.

Practical Information

If you’re planning to visit Blackpool from abroad, the most convenient international airport to fly into is Manchester Airport. From there you can catch a train to Blackpool North. Trains leave from Manchester Airport approximately every half an hour, and the journey takes around 90 minutes.

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