Spending Time in Lytham St Annes

spending-time-in-lytham-st-annesSituated in the in the Fylde district of Lancashire, Lytham St Annes comprises the previously independent towns of Lytham and St Annes, which local government opted to combine to create a single seaside resort. Lytham St Annes sits close to the famous town of Blackpool, although it is considerably more sedate and does not host the plethora of man-made attractions that its neighbor boasts.

St-Annes-on-Sea wasn’t on the map until the 19th century, when planners brought it into being. In contrast, Lytham is an original English town characterized by its Victorian/Edwardian history. Visitors to the latter will find a traditional seaside resort offering up market hotels, a scenic beach with a pier and typical seaside shops and features.

In contrast to noisy, bustling Blackpool, Lytham St Annes offers visitors beautiful gardens and peaceful parks, which are perfect for spending quiet lazy summer afternoons. Situated nearby the promenade in Lytham is the town’s famous windmill and Lytham Green, while in St Annes, golf fans will find four famous championship golf courses: St Anne’s Old Links, Royal Lytham, Fairhaven and Lytham Green Drive.

Bird watching fans will be in their element if they take a trip to the Ribble Estuary. This popular nature reserve is the UK’s best site for wildfowl, with more than 250,000 migratory birds visiting the reserve each year; for more ornithological interest head for the Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake. Nature and history lovers will find more to interest them in nearby Churchtown, where the Botanic Gardens Museum is situated. The museum offers collections of local and natural history, which include a re-creation of a classic period Victorian room.

Visitors will find the resort of Lytham St Annes well equipped for tourists, with plenty of accommodation; the cheap and cheerful guesthouses found in Blackpool are not so prominent here, with classier hotels being the norm. Shops are plentiful throughout both towns, but visitors looking for small, traditional outlets should visit Lytham, where many family-owned businesses are still in existence.