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