Blackpool Travel Guide

Blackpool Promenade & Tower - © zergo512

Introduction and Overview

The Blackpool Travel Guide outlines a range of local attractions, places of interest and entertainment for visitors and offers useful tourist information for travellers. The seaside resort of Blackpool is located in North West England, and the resort is a favourite among those seeking unadulterated fun and thrills, it also boasts miles of sandy beaches and attracts sun worshippers for miles around.

The town now has piers something of a British seaside institution, theatres, a tower, the Winter Gardens, the Golden Mile, a plethora of amusements and of course the world renowned Blackpool illuminations.

Blackpool attracts millions of visitors each year making it one of the most popular holiday resorts in the UK. The seaside resort includes a pleasure beach along with a wide range of attractions for visitors offering a place to enjoy a break in both summer and winter.

The area has long been a popular area among those seeking a holiday and short break in the UK and in recent years has become popular as a venue for hen and stag parties and among older visitors to whom Blackpool offers nostalgia of times past.

Among the best known attractions in Blackpool are the Blackpool Tower, that is a small scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and has become a famous symbol of the town.

The tower includes an aquarium, a circus, an indoor adventure playground and an observation deck that is situated over 500 feet high. The top of the tower is famous for providing some splendid views over the town of Blackpool and the surrounding areas.

The Pleasure Beach is the favourite attraction in Blackpool for many visitors. Well known for the its huge number of rides including the Pepsi Max Big One that is among the fastest and tallest roller coasters in Europe.

With a range of restaurants and eateries and traditional seaside attractions; the pleasure beach is very popular with families.

The Blackpool Illuminations attracts millions of visitors each year from far and wide. Visitors can see the illuminations from the end of August to the start of November each year, the whole of Blackpool is lit up during this period.

Over the years ever more elaborate and exciting displays have been created and have been described as Blackpool’s own Northern Lights.

Blackpool Zoo is located close to Stanley Park in Blackpool. The zoo contains a number of species of unusual and exotic animals, it is a firm favourite for wildlife and nature fans set in beautiful parklands.

Amazonia is an enclosure that allows visitors to see first hand some of the zoo’s inhabitants. Visitors can expeirence wildlife from the Amazon including birds and monkeys whose home is the Amazon rainforests.

The feeding sessions are very popular particularly among children. Visitors can ride on a miniature train that goes across the parkland and through the woods and past some of the animal enclosures.

The Sea Life Centre is located along the Promenade, in the famous Golden Mile; here visitors can find marine displays including a rare display of sea snakes.

The centre includes the largest collection of tropical sharks in Europe and includes the ocean tank that is home to a number of tropical sharks and reef fish.

Highlights includes walking through the spectacular underground tunnel, visitors can learn more about marine life with informative talks and feeding demonstrations.

Madame Tussauds Blackpool (formally Louis Tussauds Waxworks), is a popular attraction in the seaside town; where visitors can meet the famous and well known at their galleries. There are stars of cinema, TV and theatre, a football hall of fame with famous names.

For those in search of a more adventure there is the chamber of horrors where there are plenty of villains and more sinister characters around.

Perhaps not for the faint hearted, the resort makes a clear statement in its aim to be a thrill seekers paradise, over the years visitors have tended to either love it or hate it.

Blackpool is synonymous with fun and excitement, the area is subject to an ambitious programme of regeneration, with the aim to take Blackpool to greater heights in the future.

Whilst being not to everyone’s taste, Blackpool offers plenty of attractions including traditional British seaside attractions for the whole family and there is also a wide range of cost effective accommodation available in the town meaning it can make for a good destination for a short break easily accessible by road and rail.
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