Blackpool is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. The resort has literally hundreds of things to see and do. You’ll never find time to visit all of the attractions that Blackpool has to offer, so we’ve created this handy list of the ten best ones…
1. Blackpool Tower
This iconic tower was opened in 1894 and is the first thing that many people think of when they imagine Blackpool. The recent £20million renovation of the Tower has ensured that it remains the number 1 tourist attraction in Blackpool.
The brand new Blackpool Tower Eye is an exciting journey to the top of the tower, via a 4D cinema, and onto a glass-floored skywalk. The floor to ceiling glass of the Tower Eye provides uninterrupted views of not only Blackpool, but as far as Manchester, The Lake District and The Isle of Man! Blackpool Tower also hosts a range of other attractions including a dungeon, circus, ballroom and indoor adventure playground.
2. Blackpool Illuminations
Also known as ‘The Lights’, Blackpool Illuminations are the UK’s most popular free tourist attraction. Using over one million bulbs, the display stretches for 6 miles along the seafront. The illuminations first shone in 1879 and still take place every year between early September and early November. There are many ways to see the illuminations, including by car, coach, walking, open top tram or horse and cart.
3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
One of the most popular theme parks in the UK, Blackpool pleasure beach is jam packed with over 125 rides and attractions, including 12 roller coasters! The most popular ride is the Pepsi Max Big One which features a 205ft drop and is visible for miles around. There are also several traditional wooden roller coasters as well as milder fun such as dodgems, a vintage carousel, teacups, monorail and adventure golf.
4. Blackpool’s Amusement Arcades
Blackpool has more than 20 brightly lit amusement arcades. Rather than the complicated fruit machines which can quickly swallow your holiday savings, Blackpool’s arcades focus on 2p pusher machines, 10p roulette and stuffed toy grabbers. Some also feature live bingo which can cost as little as 50p per play and prizes are usually toys and household items rather than cash.
5. Blackpool Zoo
Blackpool’s 32 acre zoo is home to more than 1500 animals. As well as the usual lions, tigers and bears, there are over 400 species of birds and insects. A great day out for all the family!
6. Sandcastle Waterpark
The UK’s largest indoor water park features 18 slides and attractions, including the UK’s largest indoor water slide. There’s an uphill water roller-coaster, a vertical water slide, lazy river and wave pool. Splashing good fun!
7. Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks
This famous waxwork’s museum has several branches all over the world, including London, Las Vegas and Sydney. The Blackpool one is well worth a visit – it’s much cheaper than the London one and still features all your favourite celebs.
8. Blackpool Piers
Blackpool has not one, not two, but three famous piers which are all full of fun things like big wheels, shows, arcades, gift shops and cafes. Take a stroll down the piers and enjoy the views out to see. Or, if the tide is out, have a walk along the beach underneath and look at the huge mussels you’ll find clinging to the pier supports.
9. SEA LIFE Centre
As well as a wonderful zoo, Blackpool also has an aquarium. The SEA LIFE Centre has over 50 displays featuring over 100 sea creatures, including to one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe. There’s an underwater tunnel which makes you feel like it’s the fish studying you rather than the other way around!
10. Blackpool Winter Gardens
This indoor entertainment venue first opened in 1878 and is a magnificent piece of architecture. The venue includes the Opera House, the Empress Ballroom, the Pavilion Theatre and 12 other self contained venues which host business and leisure events. The Winter Gardens has hosted everything from pop and rock concerts to political party conferences and always has an attractive events schedule.