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Blackpool is still the destination for lovers of sand and sun in the UK. Whether it’s nostalgia for the days when a holiday meant a train ride with a knotted hankie on your head, or just a love of the simple pleasures of a beach and amusements, this city has a long-standing reputation for fun, flashing lights and frolics which no amount of cash-flashing redevelopment policy could ever alter. 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.

Things to see

With golden sand on which the city’s reputation as a holiday haven is built, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an institution. These days it’s not just a matter of building castles and paddling, with white-knuckle rides, restaurants and shows on offer. Cementing Blackpool’s reputation as the UK’s answer to Las Vegas are the arcades, and while the Central Pier’s more family friendly than the racy underbelly of the Nevada party town, there are just as many lights, coin-slots and stalls on the revamped, post-modernist stretch. There are also bars, cafes and high-profile shows to sample, not to mention another array of rides catering for thrill-seekers. Over 150 meters tall, Blackpool Tower’s a British icon to match the Eiffel Tower, and you can scale it to sample unrivalled views of the city from its SkyWalk. A 4D experience is also on offer, conjuring up the sights, smells and sounds of the city, in an interactive trip through the past.

Hotels in Blackpool

While 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.

Where to stay

It’s hard to imagine coming to Blackpool and not immersing yourself in the attractions around the Pleasure Beach and Piers, so for that reason you’ll be looking to stay as centrally as possible. This being a town built for fun, you might find it’s a pretty noisy night’s sleep, but that’ll be made up for by the fact you’re only a leisurely saunter away from slurping an ice-cream and sampling the gravity-defying rides, or chancing your arm on the cutting-edge arcade games. For more adult fun, you can also head to the casinos on the Golden Mile, to play for slightly higher stakes than at the Pier-front penny-pushers.

How to get to

There are two main hotspots when it comes to getting into Blackpool from within the UK, the largest of which is Blackpool North Station. Trains run regularly into the station from all over the country, and it’s linked to the city center by another Blackpool icon – the tramline. Express trains and a more regular service come into and out of Blackpool North, but Blackpool South also sees a number of rail passengers into and out of the city, on a separate, unconnected line. Blackpool Airport is a link to mainland Europe, with a number of flights to and from many well-known destinations.

When are the best times to travel to Blackpool?

Travel to Blackpool during the balmy summer months of July through August for nonstop beachfront excitement. The city’s retro pier arcades and amusement parks are in full swing, the sun shines on the beaches and festivals flood the streets – like the Annual Dance Festival in June. For cheap Blackpool hotels, travel in spring, and see the flowers come out in bloom in the city’s public parks. Autumn also offers an array of discount hotels. In winter, the city erupts with festive activities – from craft markets to the Christmas lights celebration.

What are the top must-see attractions in Blackpool?

Visit the Blackpool Tower, a 19th-century Eiffel-inspired steel structure standing proudly beside the beachfront. At the top, discover the Blackpool Tower Eye, a viewing deck proffering unbeatable views across the city and shimmering sea. Architecture enthusiasts should stop by the Grand Theatre, an ornate, refurbished Victorian building capped by a baby-blue dome. Later, stop by the Central Pier, a mighty 19th-century pier striking out into the sea front and covered in old-fashioned entertainment facilities, like the retro funhouse and sparkling big wheel.

What are the best types of food and restaurants in Blackpool?

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. Away from the promenade, you’ll find a mix of Cantonese and Chinese eateries, alongside Indian curry houses and cosy inns serving homely pub food. There are several upscale Mediterranean eateries, too.

What are the top things to do in Blackpool?

In Blackpool’s town centre, discover Winter Gardens, a grand 19th-century indoor entertainment complex with Art Deco features. Inside, you’ll find bars, family-friendly restaurants and period-style halls that host a variety of shows – from live music to dance. Fun loving adrenaline seekers should visit Pleasure Beach, Blackpool’s key waterfront amusement park. Here, you’ll find traditional, rustic timber rides, alongside new rollercoasters, like the towering steel-arced Big One. For a relaxing afternoon, visit the Blackpool Zoo, where you can see African Lions, Iberian Wolves and red pandas.

What are some fun facts about Blackpool?

Blackpool was a city well ahead of its time. In 1879, Blackpool became the world’s first municipality to turn on electrical street lighting – this technological revolution was soon followed by the city’s introduction of one of the world’s first electric tramways, which still runs today. Both the lights and the tram helped Blackpool to become England’s premier holiday spot. To honour their electrical heritage, a festival has taken place in Blackpool since 1879 – the Blackpool Illuminations, where displays of multi-coloured lights adorn the city seafront.

What kinds of public transport are there in Blackpool?

You can travel in Blackpool 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.

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