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Places Of Interest in Blackpool

Places of Interest in Blackpool As the busiest seaside resort in the UK, Blackpool is not short of tourist attractions. Here you can enjoy everything from white-knuckle rides and wave pools to waxwork Royals and countryside walks. Here are some suggestions for places you may find interesting in the welcoming seaside resort of Blackpool.

Not strictly a place but certainly an attraction of notable interest is the Blackpool Illuminations, which grace the length of the Promenade from September to early November. First established in 1879 with just eight lamps, the lights extravagnza now consists of more than one million bulbs, which take all kinds of shapes from aliens to cartoon characters.

Undoubtedly the resort’s premier landmark is the Blackpool Tower [map] on Central Shore can be seen from miles around. But don’t just marvel at its Eiffel Tower-style structure, head inside and cast your eye over the exciting circus, family bars and children’s adventure playground. Oh and for those who are not afraid of heights, make your way to the tower top to the glass floor Walk of Faith.

Located in the shadow of the Tower is Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre [map], which takes visitors on an amazing journey beneath the ocean waves. Here you can see a wide variety of creatures from seahorses and stingrays to the largest collection of sharks in Britain.

Next door to the Sea Life Centre you’ll find Louis Tussaud's Waxworks [map], which has five floors with more than 150 amazing waxwork figures of film stars, pop singers, sporting greats and royalty.

Over at South Shore there are plenty more attractions including the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach [map], where you can brave breathtaking rides, such as the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in Europe, the Pepsi Max Big One. Other rides not for the faint hearted include the Spin Doctor, Valhalla and Bling, while the theme park is also home to the world’s longest log flume.

Situated on the Promenade, Sandcastle Waterworld [map] is an award-winning subtropical paradise with a constant temperature of 84 degrees fahrenheit. As well as the Sleepy Lagoon children’s fun pool and a wild wave pool, there is also white-knuckle water chutes and two tamer 300ft water slides, along with a sauna and plenty of sun loungers.

Blackpool is also home to three piers, which are all jammed packed full with fun attractions and entertainment venues.

North Pier [map] is the oldest of the piers and still retains its original Victorian charm. Here you’ll find the North Pier Theatre, a pictorial exhibition of pier's history, a family bar and sun lounge areas.

Set in the heart of the tourist area, Central Pier [map] offers a traditional seaside experience for the entire family, with the Big Wheel, hook-a-duck and live entertainment to name just a few of the attractions.

Close to the Pleasure Beach is Blackpool’s South Pier [map], which has a classic fairground with rides such as the waltzers and dodgems. There is also a bungee jump over the sea, a family bar and free entertainment.

Situated just two miles from the seafront, Blackpool Zoo [map] on East Park Drive is set in 32 acres and is home to 1,500 animals, including lions, tigers, elephants and gorillas. Other attractions include miniature railway and dolphin simulator.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the resort head to Stanley Park [map] on West Park Drive, where stone statues sit with frothing fountains and Italian Gardens. There are numerous pathways leading to quiet corners if you're looking for a bit of peace, while the kids can let off steam in the playground and all the family can enjoy games such as pitch and putt, and tennis. Here you can also enjoy the Blackpool Countryside Experience; a series of nature walks through the Woodland Gardens to Marton Mere Nature Reserve.

Although most of these attractions are within walking distance of each other, there is a fun way to make sure you see them all – the City Sightseeing Bus Tour. You can sit back and relax on the open top bus listening to the tour commentary as the bus takes you from the Tower to Stanley Park with stops at the Model Village, Blackpool Zoo, the Pleasure Beach and Pontins.

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