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.
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.
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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??
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.
Flights to the sun
Blackpool does have an airport, and it is only three miles out of town.
It has a range of destinations (about 20) although many are charter flights. Ryanair gave up on the place a few years back but air lingus and citywings link the place to a variety of irish and northern irish airports. The isle of man seems to have the most regular flights.
Charter flights to a range of Spanish and other sunny destinations. Somewhat ironic I think as it was charter flights such as these that all but destroyed the tradional seaside British Holiday.
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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.
Travel by tram.
To travel up and down the promenade, you can't do better than to use the tram. Views of the sea and the varied promenade hotels and sights can all be gained from the tram.
Trams run from Star Gate in the South to Fleetwood in the North.
Visit Fleetwood market by tram for a different perspective, especially where the tram tracks leave the parrallel roadway and veer across country.
The picture above is of a 'Herritage' tram. Many are preserved and look cuter than the purely functional modern equivalent that also run on the system.
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Blackpool got its first trams in 1885 and some of the trams that trundle along the coast through Blackpool and on to Fleetwood certainly feel that old! The tram line is 18 km long and the most used section is between Pleasure Beach and Bispham.
The trams do at least move quickly and fare collection is by cash to a travelling conductor - two control each tram - sit on the left Fleetwood bound for sea views and the best views of the autumn illuminations.
Fares are expensive so consider a day ticket at £6.00 (over 55s - £5.50) if you are travelling through the day.
Renovated 2013 - new trams and more stops. Recommended as part of the Blackpool experience.
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.
Train to Blackpool North
I was in Manchester for the weekend when I decided to meet up with my friend, James, in Blackpool for the day.
I paid 15.30 gbp for an off-peak day return from Manchester to Blackpool. The ticket allowed me to travel on any trains during off peak times (usually from 9.00am Mondays to Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays).
Please check the First TransPennine website for further information including fares. There are discounts if you book your rail tickets in advance.
Northern Rail also serves Blackpool from regional stations in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseryside, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. Further afield, passengers will have to change at Preston especially from London.
Tram, bus, horse and carriage!
Getting around Blackpool can be so much fun! There is a tram service that runs along the length of 'the front' with regular stops. You can get the tram to Cleveleys and Fleetwood also. To ride the newly improved trams, it will cost (2012): one stop £1.00, up to 4 stops £1.50, up to 11 stops £2.00 and over 11 stops £2.50. You pay on the tram.
The buses travel in and around Blackpool, you can travel further distances out of Blackpool using a bus.
A fun (but some may say expensive) way to travel along 'the front' is by horse and carriage! You will see them along the front, you just go up to the driver and tell him/her where you want to go. They tell you how much it is and you decide whether to use thius mode of transport or not!
Train to Pleasure Beach
If you're coming to Blackpool for the Pleasure Beach/Sandcastle then don't even bother catching a train to Blackpool North. You'll be miles away from where you want to be and will probably have a longer wait and more uncomfortable journey in all the crowds. Instead, catch the train to Blackpool South - it stops right by the Pleasure Beach.
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Blackpool's tramway runs along the Promenade. I didn't actually use it, prefering instead to walk. But it's a good feature, reducing the need to drive. Driving is a hassle in Britain, especially at a resort town, during the summer tourist season. Besides, they run more trams during the summer.
Fly Directly There
It?s never been easier to get to Blackpool, in reason years with the invasion of no frills airlines, it now possible to fly direct to Blackpool.
Ryan Air serve Dublin and Girona airports whilst Jet2 serves Blackpool from Palma, Belfast, Alicante and Murcia.
Take a Tram
There Buses and taxis that travel around blackpool, but the best and most fun is the trams.
Blackpool had the worlds first permanent electric street tramway in 1885 and the more familiar overhead trolley trams were unveiled in 1899. They still historical trams during the summer season and offer a great view of the golden mile.
The track is stretches from star gate the furthest point south of the golden mile and ends at near by town of Fleetwood some 12 miles north of star gate.
One day Family ticket - valid for up to 2 adults and 3 children, or 1 adult and 4 children (1 adult and 1 child on all journeys)
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