Blackpool's famous trams
Blackpool has been famous for a long time for it's trams. Like nearly all British cities the place had an extensive network stemming from the Victorian era.
In the years following the second world war every British city tore up its tracks rather than invest in their cities infrastructure : except Blackpool.
These days there is only one route, but it does go right along the front of the city by the sea, before diverting a little in land at the Northern end to reach Fleetwood.
Whilst slow and lumbering, they make for an excellent way to see the city, and as virtually everything you would want to use in Blackpool is strung out along the miles of front it is very useful as well.
Just one little tip ; make sure you board one of the double decker trams, it imporoves the view.
Blackpool trams go from stargate to Fleetwood and run mainly along the prom. They are great way to get around although can be a bit expensive if only going a short journey you can however by one, three and five day hopper tickets which will give you a large saving if you plan and using the trams and even the buses a lot over the course of the.
- Budget Travel
A lot of towns and cities have these trolley buses but they call them trams now. I thought they were a thing of the past except for in Blackpool as they have been there for years. The best thing about Blackpool trams is that during November when the "illuminations" are on, nearley everyone of them is decked out differently, ie as a ship or a rocket all done in lights, that whats makes them special to me.
Horse and Cart
Why not get a tour of the promenade in a horse and cart, you can make it either a romantic trip for two or a family affair. During the season it is a great although expensive way of seeing the illuminations.
- Road Trip
- Horse Riding
Take a trip on one of Blackpools famous trams, the track runs the length of the seafront and beyond, to Fleetwood at one end, I'm not quite sure about the other end though. There are quite a few stops and the trams run frequently. When the Blackpool Illuminations are on some of the trams are decorated in thousands of colourful lightbulbs to form the shape of things like spacerockets and boats.
Beware though, always look both ways when crossing the tracks as the trams wont stop.
The traditional seaside donkey ride. This is the equivalent of camel rides in Egypt and I have only seen it in England, although it probably does go on in other countries. The difference with this is that you only go for about a ten minute ride up and down the beach. It is usually for children only and is a must do, because I have fond memories of donkey rides from when I was a child.
Well known for the many Landau's that are always ready to take you for a jaunt along the front with the sea breeze in your hair and the smell of candy floss in the air. Many years since I had a ride in one of these so I cant say how much they cost, but if you have never tried it, have a go, well you are in Blackpool are'nt you??
Whilst in Blackpool you must take a ride on the trams, they ferry people up and down the coast line for very little cost. These are seen at the best when the illuminations are on late in the year. Each tram is illuminated with hundreds of lights and resemble all sorts of different modes of transport ie; rockets, boats and trains.
Coach from London Victoria
The journey to Blackpool from London via Birmingham takes around 6 long, interminable hours. Make sure you are in high spirits, sitting next to someone you can vaguely like the look of, and have plenty to read. The journey is cheap, but frequent pick ups along the way add time to the journey. We were in a group, so we had fun anyway.
Everyone visiting Blackpool must have a trip on a tram. They travel 12 miles along the promenade and its wonderful to see them all lit up at night, either looking like a sailing ship or a steam engine. As a child I remember we had walked that much up Blackpool's promenade that we needed to get a tram back, and no matter how tired out legs and feet were, we wanted to wait for the 'best looking' tram. The trams were started in Blackpool in September 1885. It was the first electric street tramway in Britain. I have heard recently that Blackpool Council is to spend at lot of money (millions) on investing in new trams, tracks and also additional lines.
Blackpool as a small air port...
Blackpool as a small air port for small planes (sorry no 747) there are trains from Manchester airport there are also busses from all over England
you can get a round in taxis on a horse drawn carriage
bus and on feet.
I drove in a rental. It was...
I drove in a rental. It was about 2-3 hrs from Wolverhampton (outside of Birmingham). There is a main car park right by the amusment park. I know there are trains, but you'll have to look at someone else's transportation recommendations
If you are coming by car it...
If you are coming by car it really would be easier coming on the M6 and then looking for the M55 and you carry on right to the end of them M55 and then onto Yeadon way that takes you into one of the biggest car parks in europe. Just find a parking spot and you are away.
The best way of getting around blackpool is by bus. There are loads of bus service which are run by blackpool transport and they go all over the fylde coast. There are day and weekly tickets which are called Travel cards and they are valid for 1, 3, 5 and 7 days you are better getting the 7 day travel card as they are better value for money. They can be used on any tram or blackpool transport bus. Also there is a city sight seeing tour which is a good way to see blackpool the prices are £3.00 for a child and £5.00 for an adult. You are better getting a city sight seeing ticket during the illuminations as it is valid for the illuminations as well which you are taken through the illuminations on an open top bus and i recommend you do this it is the best way to see the illuminations.
Obviously this depends where...
Obviously this depends where you are coming from. If abroad then plane as there is an airport in Blackpool. However if you live in the UK you could come by car, train or even bus!
If you haven't brought a car it's a good idea to catch the bus. They go practically everywhere and are very cheap. If not you could get a taxi which you would have to ring up for and they are usually very expensive but they take you direct to the place you want to go.
To get around town you can...
To get around town you can easily walk or take the trams up and down the the promenade. I believe you can buy travel cards which give unlimited use of the trams and buses. I liked the various trams on the lines. This pic is of one of my favourites, done up as a boat because its sponser was Fisherman’s Friend ;-)
A one day travelcard will set you back about £4.50