Donkey rides on the beach, theme parks, and amusement arcades – book hotels in Blackpool and dive in to this family-friendly resort...
Once you've bought some Blackpool rock and donned your Kiss Me Quick hat, there is an almost inexhaustible list of things to do and see in this great resort on Britain’s northwest coast.
In the shadow of Blackpool Tower, for example, you'll find the Comedy Carpet, an artwork featuring catchphrases from many of Britain's best-loved comedians. And at the Grand Theatre and the Opera House, which is set inside a larger indoor entertainment complex known as the Winter Gardens, you can take in fantastic shows.
Animal lovers enjoy both Blackpool Zoo and the local Sea Life Centre, celebrity spotters will have a whale of a time at Madame Tussaud's, and sports fans can share the rising fortunes of local team Blackpool FC. In summer, meanwhile, you can spend many happy hours simply exploring the piers, riding the donkeys and strolling along the Promenade and the Golden Mile eating ice cream.
Take time to get to know the north shore and south shore regions of the city, each of which has its own unique personality. If you get tired of walking along the seafront, you can simply catch a tram – a feature of Blackpool since 1885 – or relax in Stanley Park.
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There is lots of accommodation in Blackpool to choose from, with plenty of budget rooms and a growing number of luxury hotels…
B&Bs, guesthouses and grand seafront hotels dominate the accommodation scene in Blackpool. There are a few chain hotels, such as Premier Inn and Travelodge, but, generally, hotels in Blackpool are independently run and often welcome back the same families year after year.
Stay anywhere on the long stretch of seafront for easy access to the beaches, amusement arcades and attractions of Blackpool. Most of the resort’s B&Bs occupy back-street locations, with the biggest hotels dotting the Promenade between shops, bars, cafés and gift shops. Blackpool hotels with entertainment on-site are mostly located on the seafront and offer nightly cabaret shows: the ideal way to unwind after a day riding the coasters at the Pleasure Beach or building castles on the golden sand.
Stay at the south end of the resort to be close to the Pleasure Beach or opt to stay further north on the Promenade for quick access to Blackpool Tower. It takes about 40 minutes to walk between the Pleasure Beach and the North Pier.
If you want a break from the bustle, Blackpool is also a great base from which to visit quieter Fleetwood or Lytham St Annes.
The huge range of attractions, plus an airport from which you can fly to Europe, means that Blackpool hotels tend to get booked up months ahead, especially during the summer months.
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This beloved British resort is packed with things to see and do. Here are some of our favourite attractions…
Top five attractions
This theme park has been attracting families since it opened in 1896. The rides and thrills might have changed over the years, but the ethos of fun, fun, fun remains the same. Favourite rides include the Big One, Avalanche and the Grand National.
Part of the Pleasure Beach, little ones will love squealing on the rides and seeing their cartoon favourites, such as SpongeBob SquarePants.
Another classic piece of the Blackpool jigsaw, the base of this iconic landmark is filled with attractions such as a ballroom, an adventure playground, a dungeon and a circus.
Opened in 1878, the Winter Gardens have hosted thousands of shows, concerts and events over the years. It’s another icon of Blackpool so check what’s on when you visit and book tickets to see something exciting, as well as a piece of Blackpool history.
Blackpool sees a few rainy days, so when it’s wet outside, get wet inside instead! This popular water park in South Beach features slides and plenty of pools.
Spring, summer, autumn or winter: it doesn’t matter when you visit, there’s always something happening in Blackpool…
Blackpool Illuminations; August-November: The tradition began in 1879, and people still flock to Blackpool just to see the annual illuminations. Drive, walk or take the tram along the Promenade to gaze at the lights, which are different every year.
World Fireworks Championships; September: Jaw-dropping displays of fireworks light the skies above Blackpool during this hotly contested event.
Christmas in Blackpool: The festive season sprinkles a little extra magic over Blackpool. Where better to see the Yuletide lights and take the family to see a Christmas pantomime?