Blackpool is a classically English seaside destination. With its bright illuminations, vibrant nightlife, charming attractions and sense of fun, it's easy to see why the city has become such a favorite with tourists.
Blackpool offers a feast of entertainment, from the exhilarating rides of the Pleasure Beach to the comedy and music shows at the Winter Gardens.
Blackpool is famous for its immense beach, which stretches for miles when the tide is out. Enjoy quintessentially English coastal activities like donkey rides or just stretch out and relax.
Throughout the summer, Blackpool becomes a spectacular light show, with millions of bulbs illuminating the seafront. It's a magical sight.
Another thing that Blackpool is famous for its nightlife. Clubs like Flamingo and Revolution attract top DJs from around the world, and they are always packed, even in the off season.
When you stay in Blackpool, you can use it as a base to visit nearby attractions like the Beatles Experience, Tate Liverpool, the Lake District or central Manchester.
If you want to enjoy the beach at its best, head to Blackpool between June and early September. However, you can have plenty of fun in spring and fall as well, with events like May's Blackpool Dance Festival filling the calendar.
Flights from North America land at Manchester International. From there, trains to Blackpool North run every 30 minutes and cost as little as £6.
Trains run into Blackpool North from Liverpool, Manchester and London. Direct trains from London Euston take just under three hours and start at £35.
From London, take the M40 to Birmingham, then the M6 and finally the M55 at Preston. The M61 runs from Manchester.
National Express run daily bus services from London, which take a little over seven hours and can be as cheap as £10.
High-quality luxury hotels within sight of the Blackpool Tower include Number One South Beach, the Imperial Hotel and the Ashley Victoria Hotel, which is right next to the beach.
South Shore - The southern half of Blackpool features the fantastic Pleasure Beach, one of Europe's largest amusement parks.
North Shore - Home to the famous Blackpool Tower, the main pier and family attractions like Madame Tussaud's and Sea Life Blackpool, the North Shore is full of entertainment options.
Newton - Just east of the city center, Newton is another major tourist destination thanks to Blackpool Zoo and the quirky delights of the Blackpool Model Village.
The tramway is a great way to get up and down the promenade and there are buses to other local destinations. Bus fares start at £1.20, while tram tickets start at £1.60.
Taxi rates vary, but expect to pay £4 for the first mile, followed by around £6 for every subsequent mile.
Car rental companies in the Blackpool area include Europcar and Enterprise, and rates can be as low as £15 per day.
The biggest shopping mall in town is probably Houndshill, home to plenty of major clothing chains. Head to the Regent if you are after craft gifts (and have a cup of tea in the Victorian Tearoom while you are there).
Local supermarkets include Asda and Morrisons. As an indicator, prices should be around £1.70 for 12 eggs.
If you want perfectly cooked fish and chips, don't miss Yorkshire Fisheries or Taylors. For gourmet Italian, try La Fontana, while the Beach House offers fine dining in a lovely seafront setting. Expect to pay around £6 for fish and chips or £15-20 for sit-down meals.
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