Blackpool is Britain’s favorite holiday resort – with a large range of attractions and activities available all throughout the year, it’s no wonder why millions and millions of people visit this popular seaside town each year.
Popular Tourist Attractions in Blackpool
From a beautiful pedestrian promenade, to numerous amusement arcades, miles and miles of beaches, and a vibrant nightlife, Blackpool is a fantastic destination that has everything for every kind of tourist.
Here are 3 of the top tourist attractions in Blackpool. Don’t forget to book ahead and check out the best accommodation for self catering Blackpool
1. Blackpool Tower
Built in 1894, the Blackpool Tower is an iconic landmark that has provided the UK with endless fun and entertainment for over 100 years. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Blackpool Tower stands at more than 518 meters above the ground, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the beach and the rest of the seaside resort.
Beneath the tower are 5 incredible attractions: the Blackpool Jungle Jim’s – which is an indoor adventure playground; the Blackpool Circus – which is the UK’s biggest and best circus featuring acrobats, clowns, and several exciting acts; the Blackpool Ballroom – which is a historic venue featuring daily tea dances, events, and concerts; the Blackpool Dungeon – with 10 live acts featuring humorous historical shows; and the Blackpool Tower Eye – which is a row of glass floors and walls offering iconic views that are truly spectacular.
2. Blackpool Illuminations
For more than 60 days from late August to early November, the streets of Blackpool are filled with every kind of light display imaginable. From the simple colored light bulbs, to neons, lasers, search lights and fibre optics, 6 miles light-filled streets feature the most creative light displays in the UK.
Take a car, bus, or open tram and ride along the Promenade from Starr Gate at the south end until Bispham on the north end of the city. Walking along the seaside streets is also a fantastic way to get closer to the tremendous craftsmanship that is invested in the beautiful displays.
Dubbed as the “greatest free lights show on earth,” over 1 million bulbs are used to light up the streets of this charming town. And each year, more and more innovations are being featured in the show, with local and international artists showcasing their own works along the light displays
On the weekend of the commencement of the Illuminations, a Switch-On Festival is held featuring several nights of music, entertainment, and merriment.
3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the most visited tourist attraction in the UK, and one of the top 20 most visited parks in the world.
It features over 125 rides, attractions, and spectacular shows, making it the most ride-intensive amusement park in Britain. One of its most popular rides is the Big One, which is considered to be the fastest, biggest, and tallest mega coaster in the UK. The park also features Nickelodeon Land – which is the only one in the UK and featuring countless rides with Nickelodeon themes.
Other attractions include funny girls blackpool, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, ice skating, a hotel, and plenty of restaurants and shopping venues.
The parks’ wide array of thrill rides are perfect for teens and adults while the family rides are ideal for kids and parents – making Pleasure Beach the ultimate family excursion in Blackpool.
Blackpool isn’t just a charming holiday resort town, but it offers plenty of historic and entertainment opportunities for the entire family to enjoy.