Blackpool Travel Guide

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Blackpool Highlights

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     Great scenary, nightlife 

  • Con
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     Absolutely freezing in the Winter Months 

  • In a nutshell
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     A little cheesy but still enjoyable seaside holiday 

Blackpool Things to Do

  • Tower

    English copying French? Impossible! Let's explain this in "English" version: By the end of the 19th century, the world desperately needed a big tower. Several architects were projecting it worlwide, and in England James Maxwell and Charles Tuke planned an iron tower, with several attractions in it. The French knew, and ordered Eifell to built...

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  • Illuminations

    Blackpool has many attractions, but to me the best is that it is by the sea. We picked a n evening that was cold and wet, and yet the views over the water were quite spectacular. Add to that the illuminationns and crowds of people enjoying themselves and it is a brilliant place to spend a few hours. And although it is not my idea of an ideal place...

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  • Pleasure Beach

    This is the most visited theme park in the UK with over 5.5 million visitors a year. We used to come here with my son but today it still remains an interesting place to walk around even if I am too old to go on the rides. The rides are of the white knuckle variety and watching people on the Pepsi Max roller coaster never ceases to amaze me that you...

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Blackpool Restaurants

  • To forget - or not!

    Ai Nando, Nando! Onde é que tu andavas, pá?The worst experience in Blackpool - we arrived late to this restaurant, curious to find how did this Portuguese adapt our great food to the doubtful English tastes.Well, the employee was already "out" and, for one hour, she made the possible to force up to give up, even inviting us to pay in advance for a...

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  • Excellent

    Located inside Winter Gardens, with good presentation and during a large event, I was expecting this restaurant to be expensive, slow and confuse in service.What a great surprise - the service was efficient (well, almost allways...), gentle, the food excellent, and the price reasonable.All these qualities made Empress "our" restaurant in Blackpool,...

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  • The risks of youth

    I hate fast-food, that well tasting poison that fools our children. I accept a pizza now and then, but that is as far as I can go.Mac Donald is fast-food icon and I banned it. However, travelling with young people, sometimes with a tight schedule, it may be impossible to resist.TWICE! Twice I had to go there! The first to "eat something" late in...

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Blackpool Nightlife

  • Dance festival

    The best event of ballroom dancing happens each year in Blackpool, by the end of May. A full week with... the best. Events do take place all day, but the masters only dance at night, in the finals.

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  • Roly's bar

    This small hotel near Winter gardens has a bistro bar open from 11AM until late. Tipically british, is a nice place for a last drink and conversation.

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  • The truth is out there, somewhere

    The goal of this museum is to consider & educate people of all ages (showing them that their is more to life than is seen by the naked eye. This is gained with the use of full sized replicas of ET's (as seen during many close encounters).It also incorporates many of the Extra-Terrestrials seen on our science fiction programmers and poses the...

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Blackpool Transportation

  • Trams

    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...

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  • Lancashire Day Ranger ticket

    To explore the Lancashire area by train the railway station sells a ticket for a days unlimited travel on the trains. Bounded by the Irish Sea coast , Silverdale, Wennington, Clitheroe, Burnley, Hebden Bridge, Littleborough, Manchester Victoria, Earlestown, Liverpool Lime Street, James Street in Liverpool (but not valid on the Wirral) plus Eccles...

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  • 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...

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Blackpool Shopping

  • Retail in Blackpool

    Blackpool has a vast array of shops that our group never gets to see as we only come down for a long weekend. I think to get the best out of Blackpool a week might do, then it would probably be expensive. Some of the shops listed in Blackpool are:The Works (books) BlacksWaterstones Booksellers Ltd Co-op PharmacyCLC Bookshop Moss PharmacyW H Smith...

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  • Wide Variety of the Best Rock

    The Coronation Rock Company was founded in 1927, they sell rock throughout the UK, in Europe, The Canary and Balearic Islands and as far away as Australia. They make rock for loads of different companys and they make THE best rock. They wil let you visit the factory and see the rock being made, you don't need an appointment just call in. (it's near...

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  • Town Center

    Blackpool Town centre has been fully designed to offer a selection of shops and boasts most of the major retail names. The recent development of the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre has added another feature to shopping with undercover arcades and pedestrial ways to make your shopping trip a pleasure. Also Blackpool is famous of "cheap shopping" with...

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Blackpool Local Customs

  • Ictio Therapy

    I had already heard about this kind of therapy, but didn't ever seen, since the visit to a shopping mall in Blackpool. There, in display to anyone passing by, a few ladies made a line to... feed the fish.Just an event, or a regular service? Next time in Blackpool I will check it out.

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  • Eating Blackpool Tower Ice Creams

    I remember these as being huge Mr Whippy-like pink and white soft ice creams. You have to eat them really quickly, or the scorching Blackpool sun will melt them (LOL). Take them with you as you stroll along tha Golden Mile.

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  • Switching on the illuminations

    You can perhaps tell alot about the cult of celebrity and indeed society by looking at who 'switches on' the Blackpool illuminations. Here is a full list of the celebs...how many do you recognise ? My favourite has to be the racehorse Red Rum closely followed by kermit the frog...1934 Lord Derby1935 Audrey Mossom (Railway Queen)1936 Sir Josiah...

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Blackpool Warnings and Dangers

  • "Charity" Fundraisers ?????

    Be aware that some "Street Performers" are NOT collecting for charity. Just because the "Performer or "Fluffy Character" has an elderly person holding a bucket with "£1 Suggested Donation/Contribution" posted on the side, does not mean they are collecting for charity. I asked what the collection was for and was told, quite bluntly "it is for the...

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  • Gramsford Lodge blackpool WARNING

    we de sied to have 3 days away from home with our 4 kid this is the first trip in 7 years and this was the worst trip ever when we got to the lodge we were ment to be in a family room we then were told that we were in the dugon rooms so we thought ok was not sure what was coming up so we were shoed our rooms and they were right they were under...

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  • DOG POO AND HUMAN DEFICATION

    WE VISITED BLACKPOOL ON SUNDAY 09/09/12 WE PARKED AT THE BACK OF THE HILTON HOTEL WE HAD TO DODGE THE DOG POO THAT WAS JUST EVERYWHERE ALSO WE WALKED DOWN TO THE FRONT TO SEE THE LIGHTS THE SMELL OF SEWAGE WAS OVERWHELMING THERE WAS THE SMELL OF URINE EVERYWHERE AND HUMAN DEFICATION ALL OVER THE WALLS ON THE WAY TO THE FRONT. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE...

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Blackpool Tourist Traps

  • Sandcastle water park

    So who would have thought that the sandcastle waterpark want to rip you off as a swimmer and a spectator! So having paid online to make it cheaper I still paid £68 to get the kids into the pool. The adults didnt opt to go in for a swim as it would just make the day too expensive, so we went along to spectate, oh wait.... We have to pay.... Oh ok...

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  • Blackpool Airport rip-off Departure Tax

    Blackpool Airport has introduced a £10 tax for everyone over the age of 16 years taking a flight out of this airport. This rip-off tax is supposedly for the future development of the airport! (er, yes, isnt that the profit making owners responsibility?!)I recently saw a hen party flying back to Belfast from Blackpool who were stunned to have to pay...

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  • South Pier

    South Pier was built in 1893, its 285 metres & its original name was Victoria. There are many rides on here including the amusement arcade with fruit machines, grabbers & penny machines. There’s also a toilet for the disabled although you have to ask for a key & the doors a bit dodgy; they ask you not to lock it. There are stalls where you can try...

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Blackpool What to Pack

  • Windy!

    The weather is changing over here very quickly. Always take some warm and anti wind clothes. Because of the sea you feel much colder that your termometer says.Nightlife dressing code is... well , I dont think there is any because I have seen naked people as well

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  • Coats!

    A coat is an absolute necessity whatever time of year you're in Blackpool. The weather is very unpredictable and if it is nice, chances are it'll only last a couple of days. It's not the Med :) A coat will not only keep you warm if the worst happens, but will also prevent you from instantly standing out as a holidaymaker (which, sadly and as far...

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  • Blackpool can be breezy!

    An extra fold up bag is useful to bring back mementos and gifts. Water proof coat to protect not only from sea spray but from rain. You may not need it but better to have than to have not! The camera to capture pictures of people behaving like idiots. (They may do the same, however). Blackpool can get quite cold at times, even in the summer, so...

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Blackpool Off The Beaten Path

  • Cybercafe

    Will it be possible to travel in time?Maybe!Look at this precious building - the past is present in all its details and beauty, but if you enter, you will meet the future. No... it is not a school, nor a church, nor even a palace, it is a ... cybercafe. How nice! Well, the church is next door...

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  • King Edward Cinema

    Near my hotel there was a closed but interesting building. In the facade we could read "1913 Central Picture Theatre" but the only "living" signal was the advertising of "Central Cabaret Bar" in both windows.I tried to discover what it was, and, in the listed buildings of Blackpool Civic Trust, I read:"Central DriveGrade 2 - Listed...

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  • Get away from it all....

    Away from all the hustle, bustle and rowdiness in the central areas of Blackpool you can find this little haven. Behind Blackpool Zoo and beyon the DeVere hotel there is a track which takes you out to Marton Mere. This is a great place to go if you just want to get away and have some time to yourself. There are a number of little huts around the...

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Blackpool Sports & Outdoors

  • Dance

    Yes, it is a sport, and one of the best. So good, that dancing was the reason that took me to Blackpool, and, maybe, that will make me return to Blackpool.Dancing in the fabulous ballroom in the tower was one of my purposes, but I couldn't satisfy it because... shopping is more important, and I entered alone.Next time, if there will be a next time,...

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  • Golfing mecca

    Just south of Blackpool lies St Annes, which is home to the Royal Lytham and St Anne's golf course.Nine British opens have been played there, with another due in 2006. One of the most memorable opens occured here when Seve Ballesteros dramatically won. His repertoire of winning shots included one out of the Car Park !At a hundred pounds a round for...

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  • Inspired to visit Blackpool!

    When I did my university end of module dissertation for one of my humanity modules in 2009 I always wanted to return to Blackpool. I studied about the social and technological development of Victorian seaside resorts including Blackpool from how it began in the 19th Century to up to how it's view as a resort in the 21st Century. My study included...

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  • Winter in Blackpool?

    Blackpool seemed like it would be a lot of fun in the summer months. But it wasnt a whole lot of fun in early December. But I didnt know any better! And there was not a whole lot to do, most of the main attractions had closed for the "season" Which can run from November to March, it depends on the site you go visit. I got to touch the Irish Sea,...

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  • Blackpool Trams

    The trams are a much loved feature of Blackpool as they rattle along the promenade. There are so amny different ones - all advertising some kind of Blacpool entertainment venue or other product. Of course we rode one just for the fun of it as well as saving our legs walking all the way back to the north pier end from the south. Many are old style...

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