Blackpool’s answer to the Parisian Eiffel Tower, Blackpool Tower is an entertainment complex all in itself. Visit the ballroom and waltz to the sounds of Wurlitzer organ, enjoy an afternoon tea, explore the eerie dungeon and walk on air at the amazing SkyWalk at the tower's very top.
The Piers are a testament to Blackpool’s Victorian heritage. All three piers (Central, North and South) are pleasure palaces with different things happening - the Central Pier is the liveliest one teeming with attractions and eateries, while the Southern is closest to amusement rides.
Heralded as one of UK's finest theme parks, Pleasure Beach is a family-friendly entertainment venue where exhilarating thrill rides that take one's breath away mingle with attractions for the younger guests (children will surely enjoy the Nickelodeon Land). Iconic shows are hosted here, too.
Have a playful day in this indoor water park where the weather is always sunny. Sandcastle Waterworld is UK's largest indoor water park, and a true favourite among children with its over 18 rides, wave machines and different fun pools. Opening hours vary by date (consult the website for details).
Visit the Sealife Centre and find out about the fascinating world of fish. This is a thrill for both adults and children. See everything from small seahorses and starfish to sharks and stingrays. Do not miss the shark tunnel and a pool where visitors are allowed to physically touch marine creatures.
The Great Promenade Show offers an outdoor exhibition of amazing interactive sculptures. It features some of UK's best designers and artists and is a creative attraction that you should not miss. Artwork and installations are set up along the south shore of Blackpool.
Along with performing its primary function as a means of transportation, the historic Blackpool tramway is the last one of the first-generation tramways in the UK, making it a rather unique local attraction. The line runs along the scenic coast from Blackpool to Fleetwood.
A fun way to spend a spare hour is walking over the beach side Comedy Carpet - a platform inscribed with various jokes and one-liners, some well-known classics, while others still perhaps able to draw a chuckle. The carpet is best viewed at a distance, from atop the Blackpool Tower.
The Grand Theatre's repertoire is rather broad, ranging from drama performances (staged after works of classics such as Shakespeare or Steinbeck along with more contemporary authors) to opera and ballet, and even pantomime. One of the theatre's latest hits is the "Peppa Pig" show.
The Blackpool installment of the world-renowned wax figure museum holds replicas of iconic figures ranging from the British Royal Family to pop stars like Justin Bieber. Other "residents" include a whole array of actors, TV personalities, musicians and even E.T., the extra-terrestrial.
Competition is tough in England's "entertainment capital of the North", but Coral Island makes the cut as one of the city's best amusement parks. There are plenty of pursuits, including a casino, slot machines, haunted house and children's favorite monorail. Most attractions operate in bad weather.
The famous Blackpool Illuminations are what keeps visitors coming to the city long after the bathing season is over. Every year, from late August to early November, Blackpool lights up with over one million bulbs along the Promenade all the way to Bispham in the north - a sight not to be missed.
This horse rescue farm, located only a short drive away from Blackpool city, is a great choice for a family day out. At the farm, visitors will get the chance to stroke and interact with the adorable residents - there are about 65 of them at any given time. The stables stay open even in bad weather.
Prepare to be blown away by some of the mind-boggling and simply unbelievable facts and exhibits contained inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. From the two-headed calf born on a Texas farm to New Guinea sacrificial figure, the 2 floors of this museum of oddities will entertain young and old.
Gain fascinating insight into the production process of Blackpool rock - the hard and soft stick candy sold at every corner of the city. Visitors will get the chance to observe the factory line from above, sample fresh candy and purchase some to bring home at the very place of its origins.
The Blackpool Model Village & Gardens is a representation of Scottish life through the ages - in miniature. See town streets inhabited by tiny people, an ancient Scottish fortress, farms, a Cornish fishing village, and even a wedding celebration by a small church.
For military history enthusiasts, the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Visitor Centre is a real find. The Hangar 42 contains authetic air crafts used during WWII. Visitors will get the chance to learn about WWII history from the dedicated volunteers and even sit in the pilot's seat if they so wish.
The Fylde Coast Ice Arena is a well-maintained ice-skating rink frequented by local families. Skates are available for hire, as well as skating aids for the who don't feel too confident out on the ice just yet. Staff and coaches are on site to provide help and answer queries.
Perhaps, the first landmark greeting visitors to Blackpool on the way to the city is the beautiful old Little Marton Windmill. Few know that a volunteer group has made it possible for visitors to come inside and explore the windmill's history, as well as go up to its very top.
In Bispham, take a walk along the North Blackpool Pond Trail rich in bird life. One is guaranteed to see at least some of the bird residents of the area - these include ducks, geese, herons, and even elegant white swans. The pond trail is maintained by the effort of a dedicated volunteer group.
Join the Ghost Walk guided by the very author of the book "Haunted Blackpool" and learn all about the mysterious side of the quaint town - eerie narratives of the locals, blood-chilling stories of haunted houses, and various events in the city's history that yet remain to be explained.
At Lancashire Wine School, visitors will get the chance to learn all about the local wines, ales, and other drinks. Tasting is a major element of the course - compare local flavors to the drinks' overseas counterparts and find out what makes each one special in its own way.
A must for anyone willing to experience the North's entertainment capital to the full, the Big One is a thrilling roller-coaster ride that is simply not to be missed. The ride is rather popular, so prepare for a possible wait in line, but the breathtaking adventure afterwards is definitely worth it.
The White Tower Restaurant offers patrons a pleasant fine dining experience and amazing views over the sea. It is one of Blackpool’s most prestigious restaurants and a great venue for birthdays and other special occasions. Cuisine served is predominantly British, with some international influences.
Winner of Blackpool's Hotel Restaurant of the Year award, the Blue Bar and Brasserie is a stylish establishment where one can enjoy a quiet coffee or a relaxing dinner. Children can create their own pizza and grown-ups are free to take their pick from a European-inspired menu.
Kwizeen is a sleek and stylish restaurant which serves excellent Lancashire food with a Mediterranean twist. The interior is rather pleasant and the menu is updated every five weeks. Kwizeen caters to various dietary needs, and unique dishes free of allergens are crafted individually upon pre-order.
Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant is a well-established Asian restaurant serving excellent food at great prices. It ranks among the top-three Chinese restaurants in the UK, so book a table in advance to be promptly seated. Try the three-course menu with an extensive selection of mains.
Senior’s Fish Bar & Restaurant has been voted the best chip shop in the the UK in 2012. They serve the British classics - a wide range of fish accompanied with chips and mushy peas. The eatery is a perfect casual lunch spot a short drive away from Blackpool's promenade.
Othello's serves authentic Greek food in a casual setting. Menu highlights include mouthwatering Moussaka (a potato, minced beef & aubergine dish), Keftedes (traditional meat balls), Souvlaki (kebab) and the restaurant's signature dish, Lamb Kleftiko (five-hour roasted lamb).
One of Blackpool's celebrated fish and chip shops, Yorkshire Fisheries is consistent in delivering high-quality British meals year after year. Apart from cod, the menu features other varieties of fish such as plaice, tuna, halibut and swordfish. A meal normally comes with a side of mushy peas.
When in Bispham, give Mi Casa Su Casa a try. The restaurant enjoys a great reputation among locals and keeps drawing return customers. Cuisine served is Mediterranean with an emphasis on Spanish. The menu features a vast array of tapas, including classics like tortilla and patatas bravas.
The Genting Casino's main draw is, oddly, not the blackjack table, but rather the in-house Fahrenheit restaurant. The restaurant offers high-quality international dishes at very reasonable prices, with set dinner menus available. Only guests over 18 years of age are admitted.
The Stone Grill has managed to become a hit in a very short time - soon after the grand opening, the restaurant joined the ranks of the finest in town. The novelty way of serving meats (directly on hot stone), locally-sourced produce and daily deliveries of fresh fish are among its main draws.
Former winner of the Blackpool "Restaurant of the Year" award, La Fontana has been in business for over 25 years. Seated in the refreshing courtyard with a fountain, diners will be able to choose from a wide variety of Italian dishes. Vegetarian options available.
One of the best fish and chip shops in Blackpool (and that's saying a lot), the C Fresh Fish and Chips offers great value for money, attentive service (they always try to accommodate to guests' requests), and an overall pleasant dining experience. Pies, puddings, and sausages served.
Generous portions of Tex-Mex are served here at West Coast Rock Cafe, an establishment that holds somewhat of a legendary status in Blackpool. Try thr amazing burgers (that are served with a knife sticking through to hold all the delicious goodness together), steaks, ribs, pizza, and more.
Las Iguanas serves a rather succulent array of dishes, ranging from Spanish to Brazilian and Mexican. Tapas servings are so large they could be a main for someone with a moderate appetite. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus available. Remember to check out the extensive selection of cocktails.
The German owner places much importance onto authenticity, so the flavors at the German Sausage House are rather close to those of their overseas counterparts. The eatery serves a wide assortment of sausages, pommes (french fries) and other German specialties - along with German beer, of course.
A very clean, centrally located fish and chip shop, the Sea Fish And Chips Restaurant enjoys a good reputation for the quality of its meals and speed of service. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced from trusted suppliers. Another location is close to Winter Gardens.
Superb food and excellent service characterise Rowley's, a modern British restaurant located at the Blackpool FC Hotel. The chefs create edible masterpieces using seasonal ingredients, and polish the skill to perfection before serving a new addition to guests. Vegetarian options available.
The establishment's decor is very clearly inspired by an American diner from the 60's - both the well thought-out decor and menu are rather reminiscent of that glorious era. Choose from steaks and burgers as a main, and follow the meal with a thick milkshake or an ice cream sundae.
A standout among the kebab shops in Blackpool, Armenian Kebab House always has a line forming at its doorstep. With the high quality of its kebabs, there is no wonder this casual eatery enjoys a constant flow of repeat customers on a daily basis. Choice available from a variety of meats.
For flavors that are different from Blackpool's most common, try the Nour Lebanese Restaurant located to the east of the Promenade and city center. One really can't go wrong with any of the dishes, but do try the shawarma wrap, falafel, kebab and baba ghanoush (aubergine-based paste).
Whilst not strictly a café, the Tower Ballroom serves afternoon tea with a little tango - not to be missed. You might feel brave enough to take a spin on the dance floor, but simply savoring a cut of tea while soaking in the elegant atmosphere of times forgone is reason enough to come.
Notarianni is an Italian-run parlour selling the best ice-creams in town. You will definitely come back for seconds... and thirds. This family-owned establishment has been in business for over 70 years and their vanilla ice-cream is just as good now as it was decades ago.
Montagues is an independent café, bar and restaurant with a concise, yet well thought-out menu. The café serves American and European cuisine. Breakfast is served until noon, after which items from the regular menu become available to order. The drinks menu includes a pleasant selection of wines.
An all-round great choice for a daytime meal, Quilligan's Cafe Bar boasts a rather extensive menu which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Offers great value "super saver" combos, and great prices on the regular menu items.
Funny Girls Show Bar will have you experience what many consider one of the best nights out in Blackpool. Get ready for a great, professionally staged cabaret show that will stay with you for a while. Before the show guests are welcome to pre-book a dinner at the restaurant.
Revolution is a relaxed day- and nighttime venue that serves a variety of drinks and decent food. Service quality is taken seriously here - if waiters fail to serve you lunch within 15 minutes after you've placed an order, the food will be complimentary. Popular for hen and stag parties.
The establishment's decor is clearly inspired by the aesthetic of "Chicago" (the musical), with allusive bar names and plush seats. It's five floors all offer slightly different vibes, bound by the overarching theme of care-free fun and indulgence. Make sure to check out the panoramic balcony.
In the heart of it all and yet with a very private feel to it, the Beach House is an elegant day- and nighttime venue equally fit for a lunch break and evening drinks. Housed inside a modern waterfront building, the establishment boasts an extensive list of cocktails and elevated snack foods.
If stand-up comedy is a genre you enjoy, try out the Comedy Station - comedians performing here might not be internationally-acclaimed big names, but the show quality certainly doesn't lack in comedic value - some say, a night here is one when they've laughed the hardest ever.
Another one of Blackpool's rowdy cabaret bars, Peek-a-Booze is a busy establishment welcoming of a very diverse clientele. Live entertainment till 12.30am, nightclub atmosphere till 2am. The venue doubles as a hotel, so those who enjoy its brand of entertainment are welcome to extend their stay.
One of Blackpool's best-kept secrets, the Regent is an indoor antiques market and a real treat for vintage-lovers. Inside, one will find old furniture, retro clothing and accessories, books, decor items and various unique knick-kncacks. For a break, sit down at the Tea and Vintage Tearoom inside.
Abingdon is an indoor market selling a diverse potpourri of items - fresh meat and dairy produce, fruit and vegetables mingle here with vendors selling clothing, accessories and make up. It's a one-stop location to stock up on all possible necessities and small extras.
Only a short tram ride away from Blackpool city center is Freeport Fleetwood - an port-side outlet mall with a large number of brand-name stores offering significant discounts. There is an outdoor play area for the young ones and several lunch-perfect eateries and cafés.
Located on the South Promenade, Brooks Collectables is a rather unique artisan store offering a variety of rare items and collectibles. Upstairs the free-to-enter Brooks Museum of Memorabilia invites visitors to look around at the rarities that landed in the owners' hands over the years.
One of the iconic British department stores, Debenhams also enjoys a presence in Blackpool. The brand is known for the high quality of its merchandise, which ranges from clothing to cosmetics to household goods and even home furnishings. Located inside the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
A favorite for all ages, the Disney Store holds a multitude of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars memorabilia. Action figures, comic books and knick-knacks in abundance are on sale here, and true fans are advised to come with time - the magical world of Disney has held many a shopper captive for hours.
Blackpool International Airport is located 5km from the City Centre. Squire’s Gate Lane Railway Station is one way to get from the airport to the city center (the station is located a 5 minute walk away from the airport). Tickets can be bought on board the train. A number of buses serve the Blackpool Airport and run to the city, Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes and Preston. The National Express bus service also connects the airport to destinations nationwide.
The city itself is rather walkable and most destinations my be reached by walking. Blackpool Tramway makes it easy to reach destinations anywhere along the coast (the tram covers a stretch of 18km). Buses are color-coded and serve multiple destinations on Fylde Coast. Special offers are available, with one ticket giving visitors unlimited access to both trams and buses (daily and weekly tickets must be pre-purchased at designated outlets listed on the website).