Top 5 Things To Do In Blackpool

34 Days Ago 20th Jul

People walking across the Comedy Carpet

Summer is well and truly here and Blackpool is helping you kick it off again with its usual array of top events and attractions that will leave you spoilt for choice. It’s no wonder Blackpool is one of the best and favourite tourist destinations in the UK.

Unsurprisingly, Blackpool attracts an amazing 13 million visitors each year with the summer holidays and October half-term being the peak times people choose to make a visit. Boasting attractions such as the Pleasure Beach, The Blackpool Tower and many more; hopefully this summer you’ll join the tourists who have already discovered the fun and find out what truly makes Blackpool that go-to holiday destination! We have put this guide together to help you discover 5 of the top attractions in this seaside town, along with bus services which promise to get you there. So let us help you experience one of the most fun filled trips yet and discover the joys of Blackpool.

As well as guide you to the best things to do in Blackpool, here at Blackpool Transport we also want to help you to get there. This is why the bus and tram services leading you to each attraction can be found at the bottom of each attraction so that’s one less thing to worry about when planning your trip!

Blackpool Tower

An iconic landmark here in Blackpool is, of course, the Blackpool Tower. Constructed in 1894 and ever since promising to be fun for all the family, the Blackpool Tower won’t leave you short of something to do! With the Tower Circus, Tower Eye, Tower Dungeon, Jungle Jim’s and the famous Tower Ballroom, combined with being open 7 days a week; you can be assured that this is an attraction that is not worth missing.

Whether you want to brave the Tower Eye and get a bird’s eye view of the town at 380ft above ground level, or glide round the famous Tower Ballroom-the Blackpool Tower really does have it all!

Served by routes: 1, 2, 2C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 and the tram. You can get off most bus services on the promenade opposite the Tower, otherwise it’s just a short walk from the Town Centre.

If you get lost, just look up – you’ll soon find your way!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

As one of the UK’s biggest and best theme parks it’s no wonder that Blackpool Pleasure Beach is so popular with tourists of all ages. Home of the UK’s fastest and tallest rollercoaster standing at an impressive 235ft, The Big One, along with many more rides for thrill seekers or those who just want something a little more laid back-and not to forget Nickelodeon Land which hosts 12 amazing character based rides. At the Pleasure Beach there’s something for everyone to enjoy! If you end up needing to refuel after a day of fun rides and attractions, then don’t worry-there’s many places to eat and drink across the park. Want a memory of your visit? Well you’re in luck because there are official merchandise shops situated in the park and ride photography is on offer on most rides.

If that’s not enough then between 6th July-9th September be sure to visit the parks very own Hot Ice shows where you can experience the wonders of some of the world’s best ice skaters performing this year’s show “Dreams” in star-studded costumes and with some of the finest lifts, jumps and tricks.

What’s more, if you’re stuck for choice between Blackpool’s many places to stay, then Pleasure Beach’s very own Big Blue Hotel offers family friendly accommodation in modern surroundings; perfect for when you want to relax after a long day of enduring maximum fun!

Served by routes: 1, 15, 16 and the tram. Located near South Pier and the Sandcastle Waterpark, there’s plenty to do to spend the full day in the area.

Visit the Opera House and Winter Gardens

Blackpool’s Opera House and Winter Gardens is one of the country’s largest theatres. After opening in 1939 the Opera House has since hosted a vast array of shows, talks, exhibitions and more; with something to suit everyone’s needs. You’ll always find something of interest to you whether you’re a lover of comedy, dance, music or arts the Opera House has it all!

This summer there’s an excellent choice of performances including Hairspray, Sister Act and Dirty Dancing along with Illuminasia-the world’s largest light attraction, record fairs, various concerts and craft fairs.

If you need to grab a bite to eat during your visit, there’s always the Theatre Bar, Empress Grill Room and The Mazzei Café-all with great snacks and great service.

Served by routes: 1, 2, 2C, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 and it’s only a short walk from the Tower tram stop. Just jump off the bus at any town centre stop and you’ll be within a 2 minute walk.

Blackpool Zoo

Experienced the joys of the seaside and want a day out to enjoy a different change of scenery? Then look no further than Blackpool Zoo! Just outside the town centre with some of our routes dropping you right outside, a world of discovery awaits you. From lions to gorillas, giraffes to elephants and so many more, you don’t have to travel the world to see the most exotic of animals-find them all here at Blackpool Zoo.

That’s not all! There’s so much more to do at Blackpool Zoo with talks, exhibits, play areas and a chance to get up close and personal with the animals with keeper for the day opportunities, bird training experiences, penguin encounters, giraffe feeding and even the chance to endure a special behind the scenes visit of the big cat house and have a go at feeding them!

It will be a day to remember at Blackpool Zoo with gift shops, photo opportunities and even the chance to adopt one of the animals so your zoo experience doesn’t end once you’ve left the gates.

Your day wouldn’t be complete without grabbing something to eat which is why Blackpool Zoo has you set with the Lake View Café, Nawala Street Food, various kiosks and a coffee shop.

Served by routes: 15, 16 and 20. Looking for more things to do in the area? Try The Model Village or Stanley Park for a truly memorable day with the family.

Taking a Walk Along Blackpool’s Prom

You don’t have to spend money to experience what makes Blackpool so special, one of the best things you can do is take a walk along Blackpool’s promenade! With 3 piers, eateries, souvenir shops and of course the beach, there’s no better way to discover why everyone loves this seaside town.

Whilst you move along the prom you’ll have the chance to experience comedy like never before with Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet. Celebrating British comedy by showcasing some of the best jokes and catchphrases derived from over 1000 comedians, you’re guaranteed some laughs and your visit will be made just that bit more worthwhile.

Tired of walking but want to discover more? Look no further than taking a ride on one of Blackpool Transport’s very own Heritage Tram Tours! Some being over 80 years old, the Heritage Tram Tours are a brilliant way to discover history and Blackpool all rolled into one.

Served by routes: Tram/Heritage Tram Tour and Service 1.

Blackpool looks forward to welcoming you this season, by providing you with the very best in attractions and entertainment you’ll always have something to do! Book soon to make sure you get the very best out of your visit to us this summer. Still want to discover more? Visit our What's On page to see what else you can do during your visit to Blackpool.