Blackpool travel guide

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You're Going to Love Blackpool

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.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Blackpool

1. A Galaxy of Entertaining Attractions

Blackpool offers a feast of entertainment, from the exhilarating rides of the Pleasure Beach to the comedy and music shows at the Winter Gardens.

2. The Beach!

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.

3. The Beautiful Illuminations

Throughout the summer, Blackpool becomes a spectacular light show, with millions of bulbs illuminating the seafront. It's a magical sight.

4. Superb Nightlife

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.

5. You'll be Within Easy Reach of Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District

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.

Where to Eat in Blackpool

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.

When to visit Blackpool

Blackpool in March
Estimated hotel price
$73
1 night at 3-star hotel
Blackpool in March
Estimated hotel price
$73
1 night at 3-star hotel

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.

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How to Get to Blackpool

Plane

Flights from North America land at Manchester International. From there, trains to Blackpool North run every 30 minutes and cost as little as £6.

Train

Trains run into Blackpool North from Liverpool, Manchester and London. Direct trains from London Euston take just under three hours and start at £35.

Car

From London, take the M40 to Birmingham, then the M6 and finally the M55 at Preston. The M61 runs from Manchester.

Bus

National Express run daily bus services from London, which take a little over seven hours and can be as cheap as £10.

Airports near Blackpool

Airlines serving Blackpool

United Airlines
Good (69,474 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (47,655 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (28,391 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,805 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,730 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,357 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,340 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (23,603 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (9,185 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,158 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,525 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (4,859 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,041 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,772 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (2,480 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (18,731 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (5,442 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (5,578 reviews)
Finnair
Good (3,874 reviews)
JetBlue
Excellent (20,169 reviews)
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Where to stay in Blackpool

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.

Popular neighbourhoods in Blackpool

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.

Where to stay in popular areas of Blackpool

Most booked hotels in Blackpool

The Craimar
Excellent (9.4, Excellent reviews)
$70+
Travelodge Blackpool South Shore
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$56+
Travelodge Blackpool South Promenade
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
$54+
Norbreck Castle Hotel
Okay (5, Okay reviews)
$59+
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How to Get Around Blackpool

Public Transportation

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

Taxi rates vary, but expect to pay £4 for the first mile, followed by around £6 for every subsequent mile.

Car

Car rental companies in the Blackpool area include Europcar and Enterprise, and rates can be as low as £15 per day.

Car hire agencies in Blackpool

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The Cost of Living in Blackpool

Shopping Streets

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).

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include Asda and Morrisons. As an indicator, prices should be around £1.70 for 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
$24.68
A pair of jeans
$111.53
Single public transport ticket
$5.46
Cappuccino
$5.35