Blackpool is one of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations. It is a town full of roller-coasters, clubs, and even the biggest mirror ball in the world. Add this to the world-class shows, cosmopolitan restaurants, vibrant nightlife, an active sports scene and breathtakingly beautiful scenery on Blackpool’s doorstep you begin to understand why Blackpool is so popular.
If you feel you really need to get away from it all, have a leisurely stroll through the leafy Stanley Park, Blackpool’s award-winning horticultural and wildlife treasure. Spot the cute, inquisitive, squirrels and take in the showpiece Italian Gardens or hire a boat and float away lazy summer afternoons beside the swans on Stanley Park’s boating lake.
A vast range of exciting attractions awaits you in Blackpool. Fill your days with adrenalin pumping thrills at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, or while away the hours at the water’s edge in the subtropical Sandcastle Waterworld. Take a trip up to the top of the famous Blackpool Tower, or visit the menagerie of residents at Blackpool Zoo, come face to face with sharks at SeaLife Centre or hold audience with the Queen at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks.
Blackpool Tower contains the UK’s best circus, the world famous Tower Ballroom, children’s entertainment plus Jungle Jim’s Playground, Tower Top Ride and Undersea World.
Blackpool Zoo, set amid 32 acres of maturing parkland and lakes, is home to over 1500 beautiful, rare and exotic animals from all around the world. With elephants, lions, otters, zebras, sea lions, tigers, kangaroos, many types of monkeys, plus all your animal favourites. With play areas, crafts, miniature railway, shops, picnic areas, it’s an excellent value family day out.
The Grundy Art Gallery hosts an annual programme of temporary exhibitions including traditional, modern and contemporary art and works from the Gallery’s permanent collection.
Sea Life Centre on Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile houses one of Europe’s largest marine collections with the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’ shark feature as the dramatic centrepiece.
Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks has an all-new CelebCity, where you can mingle with the stars and get closer to the A-list. Once you’ve walked the red carpet, you’ll be immersed in a world of celebrity, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s A List and the tabloid’s favourites.
Blackpool is not just about the seaside and the associated funfairs, rides and sideshows. There is another side, as a base for adventure, experiences, shopping and outdoor pursuits. It is only an hour away from the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and close to the historic city of Lancaster and the shopping experiences of Manchester and Liverpool.
The Blackpool Countryside Experience is a series of nature walks from Stanley Park through the Woodland Gardens, and linking to Marton Mere Nature Reserve. There is a wide variety of walks of differing lengths, ranging from a short stroll around Stanley Park, to a more challenging ramble.
Comed Flight Training based at Blackpool airport gives you the opportunity to control an aeroplane and see the local area. You can take your friends with you, control the aeroplane as much or as little as you like and go where you want.
Blackpool Illuminations – sum up with town with their sheer autumn magic. Blackpool’s most electrifying night is when the Lights are switched on and the ceremony, a real razzmatazz showcase, has been performed by all the biggest names. You can enjoy a grandstand seat aboard a cleverly disguised tram – such as a Wild West Train or Space Rocket – where you actually become part of the display as you travel along the Promenade.
Stanley Park is where you will find stone statues star with formal borders and frothing fountains in the show piece Italian Gardens. There are pathways galore leading to quiet corners, while bridges carry you across the lake, home to a variety of hire boats and bobbing birds. There is a playground for the children and all the family can enjoy the likes of pitch & putt, tennis.