Checking Out Blackpool

blackpoolBlackpool is one of Britain’s most popular tourist destinations and people have been flocking here since Victorian times. With its family atmosphere, endless attractions and northern hospitality, trips to Blackpool are always fun.

Pleasure Beach is a fun-filled amusement park packed with rides galore, the most notorious being ‘The Big One’, a must for anyone with an adventurous streak. There are also plenty more exciting rides, places to eat and various seaside attractions to keep the entire family entertained. If the Lancashire weather lets you down, head to The Sandcastle, a tropical haven of water fun. With slides, the Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool and the new Caribbean Storm Treehouse, this is the perfect place for a great day out.

The town is famed for its Golden Mile, Blackpool’s very own seaside shopping strip. Alongside the many stalls selling Blackpool rock, you can find an assortment of amusement arcades, Louis Tussaud’s, the Sea Life Centre and a number of public houses and restaurants. One of the highlights of Blackpool is its tram service that runs up and down the 12-mile stretch of promenade, picking up tourists along the seafront.

When the summer holiday season draws to an end, the Blackpool Illuminations start. This magical time is a festival of lights, glitz and color that illuminates the promenade. It started in 1879 with just eight arc lamps, but nowadays this memorable event costs about £2.4 million and attracts upwards of 3.5 million visitors.

Blackpool is home to many different food styles and there are a number of high quality restaurants. The nightclubs here suit a variety of tastes, from large glittery affairs to small and dingy sweatboxes. The theater scene is big and if you’re lucky enough to visit at Christmas time you’ll get the chance to see one of the many pantomimes performed here.