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Winter Gardens Opera House. Visit Blackpool
Winter Gardens Opera House. Visit Blackpool
Pleasure Beach Casino. Michael Garfield
Pleasure Beach Casino. Michael Garfield
Sealife Blackpool. Photo Jiri Kutchar
Sealife Blackpool. Photo Jiri Kutchar
The Dunes Pub, Blackpool. Keith Wright
The Dunes Pub, Blackpool. Keith Wright
Mirrorball. Photo Visit Blackpool
Mirrorball. Photo Visit Blackpool
Streetview in Blackpool. Jiri Kutchar
Streetview in Blackpool. Jiri Kutchar
Houses in Blackpool. Photo Jiri Kutchar
Houses in Blackpool. Photo Jiri Kutchar
Blackpool Pier. Photo by Ian Brookes
Blackpool Pier. Photo by Ian Brookes

Blackpool Information

Blackpool is a popular seaside town in the North West of England well known for its pier and theme parks that attracts plenty of local and international tourists which come here to relax and enjoy a holiday. Before days of air travel Blackpool was the number one hotspot in the UK for tourism between 1900-1950’s.

With so much history, Blackpool is also well known by anthropologists for the site where the Carleton Elk skeleton was found near the Blackpool Sixth Form College that dates back some 12,000 years. What made this skeleton an interesting find is that it contained a barbed arrowhead giving evidence of human civilization around that time period.

The most noticeable feature upon arriving in town is the Blackpool Tower that was erected in 1894 with its design having been inspired by the well-known Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower offers more than just magnificent panoramic views with its ballroom being home to some wonderful theatrical performances.

Many would argue that the amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the number one tourist attraction and the reason why people visit. They may well be right as popular thrill rides like the Blue Flyer, Infusion, Valhalla and Grand National are not to be missed along with of course the famous roller coaster named the “Big One”.

If you still want more entertainment the fun park on the central pier is the place to be. Featuring some of the old school rides like dodgem cars it’s more family friendly with less adrenalin rides. The Blackpool Pier is also a great place for its stalls and café’s.

Sandcastles Water Park is another great attraction as the indoor park has a beautiful tropical climate with 18 water slides, a massive swimming pool, fun kiddy pools, wave machine and water chutes to keep you entertained all day.

Nature lovers will also appreciate the Blackpool Zoo located in East Park Drive. Set amongst 32 acres, the zoo is home to some 1,500 animals from all over the world with the enclosures and exhibits being fun to see for all ages.

For more holiday information on Blackpool you may also want to visit the official government tourism website Visit Blackpool

Aerial View of Blackpool and Blackpool Tower. Photo Paula Ramsay
Aerial View of Blackpool and Blackpool Tower. Photo Paula Ramsay
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Theme Park. Photo by Visit Blackpool
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Theme Park. Photo by Visit Blackpool