Visiting Blackpool

Blackpool on the west coast of Lancashire is very accessible. Approaching the town from the north of England and Scotland, join the M6 and travel south to Junction 32, signposted M55 to Blackpool. If travelling from the south or south east, join the M1 and drive north to Birmingham. From the west country and Wales, take the M5 to Birmingham where you join the M6,turning off at Junction 32.

Local Sites of Interest

Blackpool is proud to be Britain's most visited holiday destination and it is not hard to see why. There is so much to do in Blackpool that you won't know where to begin. The Pleasure Beach is in fact a huge fairground offering over one hundred rides and attractions. The Blackpool Tower was modelled on the Eiffel Tower and is 158 metres in height.

You can stroll at leisure through Stanley Park and visit the Italian Gardens. Or you can hire a boat on the boating lake or play golf. The most exciting length of outdoor attractions in Britain is Blackpool's Golden Mile - so called because from one end of it to the other are restaurants, amusement arcades, nightclubs and pubs. Encompassed in The Mile are The Sea Life Centre, The Tower and several piers. Everybody who visits Blackpool takes a stroll along the Golden Mile and always spots something they haven't noticed before. For those who prefer a more leisurely journey, trams run the length of the promenade.

Blackpool is probably best known for its illuminations. This annual light show is held at the start of winter and attracts millions of visitors. Six miles of lights, lasers and traditional lamps join to make a blaze of colour to the delight of old and young. There are new additions every year with a different theme. The atmosphere has a magic of its own. Interestingly, Blackpool was the first town in Britain to have electric street lights.

Eating Out

Where would Blackpool be without good old British fish and chips. But there is more to this town because you will find scores of impressive restaurants and bars offering food from all nations. Competition is rife and quality is high whether you seek takeaways or haut cuisine.

Nightlife

Blackpool is the north's best clubbing venue and also a favourite for live music fans. Dance music, R'n'B, pop and hot dance music pulsate every night of the week. If your preference is heavy metal, jazz, blues or classical, there is something for you. Pop and rock bands play regularly here and there is a good chance of spotting someone famous.

Blackpool has four major theatres and is adored by theatre lovers everywhere. Drama, musicals and other shows can be enjoyed in these old buildings which are historical institutions in themselves. On Church Street, the Grand Theatre is Blackpool's most famous. Situated in the centre of the tourist area, a good variety of shows take place every year and the English National Ballet perform here. At the Winter Gardens, the oldest theatre in Blackpool, the Opera House, opened in 1889 and is as firm a favourite as ever. In the Winter Gardens complex is the Pavilion Theatre. Having seen many changes since its inception it features musicals, dance shows and plays. Great musical acts and cabaret performances can be enjoyed at the North Pier Theatre which provides a charming intimate evening out.

Info For Visitors

Blackpool got its name from a stream of dark water draining from the moss area around Marton back in the early 1400s. A stream ran though the marshland which turned the water black, hence the name. Nowadays, in summer, Blackpool's safe, sandy beaches are popular with tourists. In winter, there are shows and the Illuminations. Blackpool truly is a year-round holiday destination.

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