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Blackpool Main Railway Station

 

Blackpool North Train Station


Blackpool North Railway Station
Blackpool North Railway Station
photo by Terry Wha

Blackpool North Train Station is Blackpool's main station with around 17,000 passengers a year and has 3 major train routes comming into the station all come through Preston with major North / South Route connections.

  • Red Route.    (Top route)        Preston, Halifax, Leeds, York, Hull and other smaller stations. Connections to Yorkshire and North East cities and towns
  • Blue Route.  (Middle route)   Preston,  Bolton, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Connections to Lancashire and the South cities and towns
  • Green Route. (Bottom route)  Preston,  Wigan North Western, Liverpool

is the second busiest station after the main station Blackpool North with around 1.7 Million passengers a year

Tthere are several large car parks near to the station

Location

Blackpool North Train Station is located at the junction of Talbot Road & High Street

The bus coach station is approximatly 200 metres south, also in Talbot Road

The sea  front near Talbot Square and North pier is approximatly 800 kilometres

 

 

Blackpool Secondary Railway Stations

The following 3 stations are far smaller statins and on a seperate single line local route totally isolated from the main Blackpool North Station. All 4 routes go to Preston.  These stations are useful if they are near where you want to be in Blackpool, trains are far less frequent.

Blackpool South Train Station


This station is the end of the Preston Squires Gate & Pleasure Beach line

Blackpool South Train Station is located In Waterloo Road near the junction of Garden Terrace and 500 metres from the Promenade.

The nearest rail station for the South Pier and the Sandcastle Waterpark

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Train Station


Blackpool Pleasure Beach Train Station is located In Ventnor Road near the junction of Burlington Rd and 400 metres from the Promenade.

The nearest rail station for the Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Squires Gate Train Station


Blackpool Squires Gate Train Station station is located In Squires Gate Lane, near Blackpool Airport, 5 minutes walk,

Squires Gate Train Station is the second busiest station after the main station Blackpool North with around 17,000 passengers a year

Blackpool Airport

Blackpool Airport is located just to the South of the Town of Blackpool in Squires Gate. It is just inland of the Pontins Holiday Park   More information Blackpool Airport

Blackpool Public Transport

 

Blackpool Coach & Bus Station


Local Bus & Tram Services

Blackpool Transport

Download  a PDF Blackpool Area Bus Route Map

National Coach Services

National Express

International Coach Services

Eurolines also part of National Express

Blackpool Trams


Blackpool Tram
Blackpool Tram
photo by Terry Wha

  • Until recently Blackpool has been the only UK town to retain a tram system, and has been proved right as many cities would love to reinstal there tram systems that they desroyed years ago.
  • Blackpool trams have operated since 1885 and there is approximatly 12 miles of tram tracks that run from Squire Gates to Fleetwood.
  • During Blackpool Illuminations many of the trams are decorated with lights.
  • Some trams still running are from the 1930's but the majority are more modern.
  • Tram Types; There are:
    • Single Deck Trams
    • Double Deck Trams
    • Open Top Observation Trams
    • Illuminated Trams during Blackpool Illumination

Tourist Information Offices

Blackpool has 2 Tourist Information Offices:

  • On the Central Promenade opposite Blackpool Tower
  • Blackpool International Airport.

Car Park Locations

Hounds Hill Multi Story Access from: Coronation St · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 750 · CCTV: NO
Talbot Road Multi Story Access from: Deansgate · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 740 · CCTV: NO
West Street Multi Story Access from: West Street · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 241 · CCTV: Yes
Chapel Street Multi Story Access from: Chapel Street · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 390 · CCTV: Yes
Wilkinson Multi Story Access from: Dickson Road · Parking Type: Pay on Exit · Spaces: 500 · CCTV: Yes
Central Access from: Central Dr/Seaside Way · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 825 · CCTV: Yes
East Topping Street Access from: East Topping Street · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 101 · CCTV: No
Bank Street Access from: Bank St · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 300 · CCTV: No
Sheppard Street NCP Access from: Sheppard St · Parking Type: Pay on Exit · Spaces: 160 · CCTV: No
Queen Street Access from: Queen St · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 40 · CCTV: No
Bonny Street Access from: Queen St · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 141 · CCTV: No
Seed Street Access from: Seed St / Talbot Rd · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 210 · CCTV: No
Swainson Street Access from: Swainson St / Talbot Rd · Parking Type: Pay & Display · Spaces: 141 · CCTV: No

Information given is subject to change

Blackpool Description

Without any doubt Blackpool is the main Holiday resort and entertainment centre in the north of England.  Made famous by the Blackpool Tower, the Pleasure Beach, its 3 piers and the Golden Mile.

Hop on Hop off Bus Blackpool's sightseeing tourist bus

Sightseeing Tours Blackpool
Sightseeing Tours Blackpool

Blackpool Tourist Sightseeing Bus

You can buy a 24 hour ticket for the Blackpool Hop on Hop off open topped double decker Blackpool Tour bus. Buses are approximately every half hour and stop at most of Blackpool's attractions.

Please note that you can opHopon or Hop off at the well sighted special bus stops.

More details and / or BookBlackpool Hop on Hop off Tour bus
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Attractions and Theatres

Blackpool Tower, Circus and Ballroom


Tower View platforms at the top of the Tower
Tower View platforms at the top of the Tower

 

Blackpool Tower and Tower building
Blackpool Tower and Tower building


Blackpool Tower Walk of faith
Blackpool Tower Walk of faith
photo by HomeParking

 

View from Blackpool Tower
View from Blackpool Tower
photo by llamnudds

The Tower, opened in 1894 to the public during the height of the Industrial revolution, it looms over the town and can be seen from miles away as you approach Blackpool by train or road and is Blackpools symbol.

The Blackpool tower building is more than a tower with spectacular views, the base building also houses an aquarium, ballroom, circus, Jurassic walk,and many more spectacular shows and events

Now open the brand new JUNGLE JIMS TOWERING ADVENTURE a themed "Lost City" where the kids can use the various climbing swinging and sliding adventurous contraptions during there quest to find hidden treasure. In busy times a time limit of 1 hour may be imposed.

Normally it is cheaper to buy tickets in advance than buying at the door. It is also cheaper in June and the first week or 10 later in the high season of July and August. Occasionally the Tower does special low door prices, I suspect at quiet times.

Tower Attractions

  • Tower View platforms
    Admire the view from the platforms on the tower top reached by large lifts. Note The Tower lift closes in high winds.
    On a clear day you can see North Wales and the Lake district as well as a rooftop view of Blackpool.

  • The Walk of Faith
    Also on the Tower Top is the  Walk of Faith. Are you brave enough to walk over a glass floor section with a drop of 380 feet below. The glass is 2 inches thick but the mind works overtime that it will it crack?

  • Tower Circus.
    The Tower Circus  is as well known as the Tower itself. Built within the 4 giant legs of the Tower it can hold a massive audience of 1600 people.
    Most shows are the Circus but Magic shows, wrestling, Circus skill workshops and other events are also shown
    The number of shows per day varies usually 2 or 3 but in peak season there are sometimes 4.
    The marvelous design of the Circus ring allows the floor to sink on hydraulic rams and filled with water all done within 1 minute.

  • Tower Ballroom.  Now a days there are very few ballrooms left standing that maintain the beautiful Victorian opulence that is the Tower Ballroom. Enjoy a twirl on the dance floor, enjoy the beauty of its balconies, stage and famous Wurlitzer Organ that appears through the stage floor.
    Various shows are performed in the ballroom by the organ, the Tower Big Band, top quality comedians and singing groups or individuals.

  • Jurassic Walk & 3D Cinema

  • Tower Aquarium See beautiful highly coloured tropical fish and almost invisible sea horses amongst the dozens of fish species held in purpose built tanks.

Food

The Tower has a

  • Restaurant serving breakfasts, snacks, burgers,, roast and main meals, hot drinks and alcoholic and non alcoholic cold drinks
  • Tower Coffee shop for coffee , tea and snacks
  • Bickerstaffe buffet menu of tasty pizza, fresh pasta and salads

The Tower normally open at 10 am.

Location

On the Sea front in Central Blackpool, you can't miss it just look up.

Hop on Hop off bus stops at the Tower 

See the location of Blackpool Tower on our Google Interactive Blackpool Map    

 

 

Illuminations also referred to as Blackpool Lights


Blackpool Lights
Blackpool Lights
photo by Tom Holland

Blackpool Lights
Blackpool Lights
photo by daveredfern89

 

Blackpool Illuminations are well known as the best free light illuminations in the World bringing a spectacle of colour to September & October nights and extending the Blackpool main holiday season by just over a 2 months.

To view the lights you can that stretch for 6 miles along the sea front you can drive along the sea front road by car or coach tour, but better ways are to ride on one of the open topped trams, take a horse drawn carriage or wrap up well and take a long stroll.

Central Pier


Central Pier Big Wheel
Central Pier Big Wheel
photo by dpicker

  • Legends Showbar
  • Big Wheel with stunning view of Blackpool fom the top which is  over 100 feet high.
  • Amusement arcades
  • Amusement for kids
  • Shops

See the location of Central Pier  on our Google Interactive Blackpool Map 

Coral Island Family entertainment centre


Coral Island
Coral Island
photo by Teckie Kev

Coral Island has a pirate themed frontage and is a large amusment arcade suitable for all ages.

 

See the location of Coral Island  on our Google Interactive Blackpool Map

Blackpool Zoo & Dinosaur Exibit


Blackpool Zoo Elephants
Blackpool Zoo Elephants
photo by sdownes1972

 

Blackpool Zoo Tigers
Blackpool Zoo Tigers
photo by Paul Livingstone

There are over 1500 animals from all over the world in this award winning Zoo. The popular animals include elephants, gorillas, lions and tigers

Opens every day except Christmas Day at 10 am.

The Dinosaur section has 30 full sized models of Dinosaurs that roamed the earth Millions of years ago. The models are set in beautiful landscaped gardens.

 

The Blackpool Zoo is located near Stanley Park  and the Model Village

Hop on Hop off bus stops at the Blackpool Zoo

See the location of Blackpool zoo on our Google Interactive Blackpool Map

Funny Girls


Drag - Cabaret - Show Bar

Funny Girls
Funny Girls
photo by dissolve

Funny Girls is the home of Top entertainment from some of the best drag artists in the country, backed by a team of dancers who all give a unique entertainment experience that should not be missed..

 

Funny Girls, 5 Dickson Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 2AX
Telephone: 0870 350 FUNN (3866)

Golden Mile


Rock City Stall Golden Mile
Rock City Stall Golden Mile
photo by Jon's pics
Rock is a sugary stick shape sweet with a name usually Blackpool running full length along it's length

Blackpool's Golden Mile is the stretch of the central promenade running south from the Tower towards the Pleasure Beach for about 500 metres. It is crammed full of Amusement arcades with slot machines and rides, fast food outlets, candy floss stalls, icecream stalls, gift and tourist trinket shops, and accommodation.

This is the place for fun lovers to buy there saucy T shirts, kiss me quick hats and the latest tacky fun gear.

This central location is the most popular area of Blackpool's sea fron and a walk along appears to be a must for both holiday makers and day trippers.

Grand Theatre


Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre

The 1100 seat Grand Theatre offers a wide selection of shows. The theatre also holds ghost and theatre tours.

The Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HT

Great Promenade Art Show


The Great Promenade Art Show uplifts Blackpool with some class and culture, a total change from the usual tourist tat that Blackpool is so well known for..

This exibition of commissioned work of art by international artists are scattered along the South Shore between Squires Gate to and Sandcastle Waterpark

Ice Arena


The Ice Arena is located in Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the place to see spectacular and dramatic shows on Ice to November. Shows at 7:30 in the evening or a shorter matinee show at 2:30.

At other times there are public ice skating, ice skating tuition and training in both the Ice Arena and the smaller Arosa Ice Rink.

Louis Tussaud's Waxworks


Louis Tussaud Waxworks


Louis Tussaud Waxworks
photo by publicinsomniac

Louis Tussaud's Waxworks is Blackpool's oldest attraction with wax figures of famous stars of sport stage and screen.

In the basement Chamber of Horrors you will find the infamous villains and murderers.

Open Daily from 10am Last admission 6pm

Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, 89 Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

Marton Mere


Marton Mere
Marton Mere

Marton Mere is Blackpools local Nature Reserve located in a tranquil area on the edge of Blackpool. The reserve is an area of red beds, open water, scubland and grassland, and is famous for it's natual wildlife with abundant dragonflies, bats, butterflies and many other land and water animals.

In Spring and Autumn it is a hive of activity because it is used by migratory birds many are rare visitors.

Marton Mere Located approximatly 3 miles inland almost due East of Blackpools Central Pier

Hop on Hop off bus stops at Marton Mer

Model Village


Model village
Model village
photo by Rooney

The Blackpool Model Village is a fascinating  award winning attraction, located close to Stanley Park and occupying two and a half acres of beautiful gardens full of handcrafted models that make up the model village with lighthouse, castle, prison, airport, planes, canal and canal barges, church, watermill, windmill, scout camp and more.

Hop on Hop off bus stops at the Model Villag

North Pier


  • The North pier  which opened in 1863 has a more tradional look to it compared to the other 2 piers
  • North Pier Theatre
    variety of very well know artists play at this 1500 seat theatre

  • Carousel bar & Merrie England bar
    Have a drink or hot & cold snacks in the Carousel bar located roughly 250 metres along the pier with great views of Blackpool from either the indoor conservatory bar or from the outdoor Victorian sun terrace.

North Pier Entrance
North Pier

 

North Pier Theatre
North Pier Theatre

North Pier
North Pier

North Pier Kiosks
North Pier Kiosks

North Pier Photos by dpicker

Odean 10 Screen Cinema


The Odean Cinema is a 10 screan multiplex venue located at Festival Park.

Other Facilities on Festival Park include McDonalds, Frankie & Benny’s, The Swift Hound pub & Bannatyne’s Health Club.

Address: Odeon Blackpool, Blackpool, Rigby Road, Lancs. FY1 5EP

Blackpool Pleasure Beach


Number 1 Attraction

 

Full details on our    Blackpool Pleasure Beach page

Ripleys Believe It Or Not


 

Sandcastle Waterpark


Sandcastle Waterpark Master blaster
Sandcastle Waterpark Master blaster

World indoor record

 

Sandcastle Ushicushi Lazy river ride
Sandcastle Ushicushi Lazy river ride

Sandcastle Duelling Slides
Sandcastle Duelling Slides

 

Sandcastle is an indoor Waterpark with 18 rides or attractions for visitors including the treetops Snack Shack and the Bongo Bongo Burger Shack if you become hungry.

The Masterblaster ride is the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster style waterslide

What makes this venue extremly attractive is it's constant sub tropical temperature of 840F

The rides and play areas are .Caribbean Storm Treehouse

South Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1BB     Telephone 01253 343 602

Blackpool Sea Life Centre


Sea Life Centre Lion Fish
Sea Life Centre Lion Fish
photo by marcus_and_sue

 

Located on Blackpool's Golden Mile  this fascinating has over 40 display tanks with exotic sea life, sharks, rays, seahorses, piranhas and the UK's only exhibition of poisonous sea snakes.

This is one of the largest marine exibit in the UK.

Be surrounded by sharks as you walk throgh a class sided tunnel

South Pier


Entrance to South Pier
South pier Blackpool
photo by Jon's pics

Originallu constucted in 1893 as Victoria Pier it changed it's name to South Pier in 1930.Theatres were built on the pier but after fires in 1958 & 1964 these were converted. South Pier now houses an amusment arcade, dogems & and a several adrenaline surging thrill rides bungee jumping over the water and reverse bungee leaping, & the Skad and Skycoaster freefall rides.

By far the best pier for thrill seekers.

A family bar, the The Laughing Donkey is also on the pier and puts on entertainment.

 

Stanley Park


Ducks in Stanley Park
Stanley Park
photo by terry6082 Books

Stanley Park is Blackpool largest parkwith 250 acres and it has entertainment facilities. located about a mile inland. A beautiful park to relax in or have a quiet stroll

Its attractions include

  • Band Stand with various styles of music on occasions
  • Boating lake
  • Bowling greens
  • Children’s playground
  • Crazy golf
  • Pitch and putt
  • Snack bars andan Art Deco cafe with Sunday jazz music
  • Tennis courts

Hop on Hop off bus stops at Stanley Park

 

 

Winter Gardens & Opera House Complex


The Opera House & Winter Gardens is a vast Victorian complex of a 2 theatres Opera House & Pavilion Theatre , Empress ballroom, Olympia exhibition centre and 3 upstairs halls

Opera House

The Opera House was opened in 1939 and is the largest theatre in the UK's, and Europe's second largest, holding  2920 people. Many of the World top entertainers have performed on it's stage. The theatre holds a selection of West End musicals, comedy acts, music concerts and variety shows

Empress Ballroom

The Empress Ballroom was built in 1896 and has an unusual barrel vaulted ceiling, beautiful crystal chandeliers, a fabulous parquet flooring and two tiers of magnificent balconies with a total capacity of 3000 people. The ballroom is directly connected to the 600 capacity arena making this the choice for many conferences, exhibitions and other events.

Pavilion Theatre & Horseshoe

The Pavilion Theatre has been restored to a beautiful condition and can hold 600 seats

Olympia

The home of many trade shows and exhibitions in it's purpose built design

Renaissance Hall

 

Baronial Hall

Designed in the theme of a medieval castle with dark oak paneling and full of heraldic paraphernalia.

Spanish Hall

An art deco venue with an Andalucian village wall painting and many 1930's fittings.

Address:  Winter Gardens, Church St, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1HW