Blackpool Town in England
Famous for – the Golden Mile of street illuminations, the seaside, and Blackpool Tower.
Blackpool Tower – Open: Daily from 10am. Entry: £30.00 adult
The Golden Mile – Blackpool’s famous illuminations stretch for more than a mile alongside the beach. Open: In summer, and best seen dusk- late. Entry: Free.
The Beach – Blackpool is built right by the sea, and the beach is a popular spot for sunbathing. Open: All year around, and all times. Entry: Free
The Pleasure Beach – All the thrills and spills you could want. The pleasure beach has lots of rides and attractions. Open: In the summer, times TBC. Entry: Adult £29.99
Madame Tussauds – Spend a few hours with the stars in waxwork form. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00 – 16:00, Weekends 10:00-17:00 Entry: Adult £15.95
The Sealife Centre – houses several large aquariums with exotic fish. Open: 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Entry: £15.95 adult
The Winter Gardens – a Victorian theatre with a vibrant program of events. Open: Performance times vary. Entry: Price of performances vary
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside! Blackpool has several miles of sandy beaches, and three piers. Bring your bucket and spade and go for a paddle, and if you get bored, the piers themselves are full of entertainment. There’s candyfloss and hot dogs, rides and end of pier shows. Blackpool prides itself on its cheerful atmosphere, and there’s plenty of fish and chip shops, souvenir and gift stalls. Make sure to go in summer, and see the Golden Mile in all its glory. The illuminations, spread over more than a mile of beachside road, are creative, funny, silly, and wonderful when seen hanging out of a car window on a hot summer’s evening.
The daytimes could be spent at The Pleasure Beach if not the actual beach, where the rides range from rollercoasters to whirlers and pirate boats.
If getting dizzy’s not your thing, try The Sealife Centre, which has over 50 tanks showing aquatic creatures, which include sharks and stingrays. Or pose alongside the stars at Madame Tussauds, who have waxworks of stars from the world of TV, sport, and music.
No visit is complete without a trip to the top of the Blackpool tower to see the view. Then visitors should go right to the bottom of the tower, which houses both a Victorian circus and the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, an attraction based around a comedic tour of Lancashire’s past.
For more historical entertainment, go to the re-opened Winter Gardens, a Victorian “Palace of Entertainment”, for a wide variety of shows. They even have Sooty and Sweep! You can also eat and drink there.