Blackpool Travel Guide

Blackpool Travel Guide

The northwest seaside town of Blackpool welcomes more than 12 million holiday makers every year. With sand, sea and sometimes even sun, Blackpool’s spectacular illuminations, elegant promenades, fun filled fairgrounds and amusements make it the perfect family holiday destination. Harking back to a time when the British holiday meant candy floss, fish and chips by the sea, ballroom dancing and donkey rides along the beach, Blackpool has somehow managed to hold on to that sense of nostalgia. It has the feeling of a quintessential UK summer holiday but with just a little extra pizazz. Blackpool is undoubtedly the closest thing we have to Las Vegas right here in Britain!

Blackpool Nort Pier

Blackpool is the only British resort city to have three piers where you can sit in a deckchair in the sun, enjoy a cream tea or simply admire the views out to sea.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower – This elegant Victorian structure boasts beautiful views out to sea.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Packed with fairground rides, rollercoasters and stalls, it’s impossible not to have fun on the Pleasure Beach

Other things to do in Blackpool

Blackpool has something for everyone. Those who remember the Blackpool of a bygone era can happily still relive the very best of those days. Take a stroll along the beautiful three piers, enjoy a cream tea with sea views, perhaps a little Punch and Judy, take in a show in the Winter Gardens and the Grand Theatre, or dust off those glamorous glad rags and trip the light fantastic dancing the night away in the stunning Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Younger generations will love Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach with its stomach churning rollercoaster rides, arcades, fruit machines and stalls. The beauty of the elegant Victorian Blackpool Tower is matched only by the breath-taking panoramic views from the top. As night falls on Blackpool, the spellbinding illuminations, made up of over one million light bulbs, sparkle into life. Blackpool’s bars, restaurants and clubs fill with people out to enjoy the town’s famous nightlife or to indulge in one of the nation’s favourite dishes, fish and chips, at the legendary Harry Ramsdens. 

Eating and drinking in Blackpool

From Cantonese to cafes, cream teas and sandy picnic sandwiches. Blackpool may not quite offer the gourmet cuisines found in larger cities but its comfort food that locals and visitors love. Harry Ramsden’s provides the ultimate in fish and chips, while the West Coast Rock Café has won awards for its burgers, steaks and Mexican food. The promenades and piers are adorned with stalls selling toffee apples, Blackpool rock and giant balls of candy floss that look like cotton wool on a stick. Night clubs with revolving floors and cocktail bars sit side by side with old fashioned pubs serving real ales and great pub grub. Like the rest of Blackpool, the food here is all about fun.

Blackpool climate

Blackpool has a moderate climate with the coldest months being December, January and February. The wettest months are often between September and November with March, April and May being the driest. The summer months can often be warm with prolonged periods of sunshine and temperatures of up to 21 degrees. 

When to go to Blackpool

Naturally most visitors flock to Blackpool during the summer months.  When you arrive, you'll notice plenty of options on hotels in Blackpool. If you want the best weather, that’s the time to go. If you want to avoid the crowds but also the rain, March, April and May are good times to visit. September also begins to get quieter but still with a chance of some warm, sunny days.

Flying to Blackpool

Blackpool Airport is just a few minutes but bus, car or taxi from the centre of the town. It is one of the UK’s most rapidly expanding airports, there are plenty of options for flights to Blackpool, with scheduled flights to many UK and European destinations. 

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