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Top 5 Things To Do In Blackpool

15 days ago Fri 1st Feb 2019

We're well into the new year and Blackpool is helping you to make the most of it 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 favourite tourist destinations in the UK.

Unsurprisingly, Blackpool attracts an amazing 13 million visitors each year with the summer holidays and February and October half-terms being the peak times people choose to make a visit. Boasting attractions such as the Pleasure Beach, The Blackpool Tower, Sea Life Centre, Sandcastle Waterpark, Madame Tussaud's and many more; hopefully this summer you’ll join the visitors who have already discovered the fun and find out what truly makes Blackpool that go-to holiday destination! We have put this short guide together to help you discover 5 of the top attractions in this seaside town.

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 reflected in bus window

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 from 518ft high or glide around the famous Tower Ballroom - the Blackpool Tower really does have it all!

This year the Blackpool Tower Circus celebrates 250 years of Circus with a host of planned events throughout the year.

Blackpool Tower is served by routes: 1, 2, 2C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 17, 18, 19, 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. 

New for 2018 is ICON, the UK's first double-launch coaster, is ready to ride all season long from 25 May 2018. 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 are 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 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 "Mesmerise" 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, 18 and the tram. Located near South Pier and the Sandcastle Waterpark, there’s plenty to do to spend the full day in the area.

Sandcastle Waterpark

Sandcastle Waterpark is an indoor waterpark in an 84-degree tropical climate and is the largest of its kind in the UK.

Sandcastle Waterpark is home to white knuckle slides like the world's longest indoor roller-coaster water slide, the Master Blaster, and the first vertical indoor drop slide Sidewinder.

Family attractions include the Ushi Gushi Action River the Shimmering Shallows and the Typhoon Lagoon Wavepool

For younger visitors there is a Caribbean Storm Treehouse which is an interactive adventure play area with a giant tipping coconut that cascades 600 gallons of water over unsuspecting guests. There are also a range of water cannons, mini slides and jets within the HMS Thundersplash and Fort Riptide areas.

Open all year round with attractions for all ages, keep this  one on your things to do list come rain or shine. Take a swim, plunge in to the 'Hyper zone' or relax in state of the art spa facilities.

Served by routes: 1 and the tram and it’s right next to the Pleasure Beach tram stop. 

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 route 20. Looking for more things to do in the area? Why not try Blackpool's Model Village for a truly memorable day with the family.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool is one of Britain’s premier heritage theatres. Listed Grade II*, this Matcham theatre is in the top 8 per cent of all listed buildings in England, and one of only thirty listed buildings in Blackpool. It is one of only nine large theatres listed Grade II* or above, north of London.

The Grand Theatre sits alongside other significant cultural heritage assets which help to create the unique Blackpool experience.  Frank Matcham’s four-tier intimate auditorium with 1,053 seats helps companies create a range of atmospheres for audiences.

Celebrating their 125th Anniversary this year, the theatre is hosting a wide variety of excellent performances and shows from the Royal Shakespeare Companies performance of Romeo and Juliet to a land of elves and fairies in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. There's fun and enjoyment for all of the family and all performed against a backdrop of beautiful Victorian Architecture, a must during your visit to the resort.

We've teamed up with The Grand Theatre and launched for theatre-goers, a highly-discounted return travel ticket (for adults and children) giving easy access and reduced cost.

Adults will be able to travel to and from the theatre for just £3 and Children at £1, saving over 40%. The travel ticket is simple to add on to theatre tickets when booking your show. In addition, the theatre offers a dedicated page and we've some more information about this over on our Destination Grand Theatre page.

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 year. Still want to discover more? Visit our Things to Do page to see what else is on do during your visit or head over to Visit Blackpool to browse the selection of performances and events showing in the resort.


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