Blackpool is one of those destinations that, if you have the chance, you must visit at some point in your life. This fantastic British town is located in Lancashire, in the North West of England, on the shores of the Irish Sea. In Blackpool, you can always find something to do; find out for yourself!
Things to do in Blackpool
If you are looking for thrills, adrenaline, and cool adventures in the middle of a bustling town, Blackpool is the place for you. There are so many unique and exciting things to do in Blackpool and there is nothing quite like a day at the seaside! Blackpool is home to iconic buildings and landmarks such as Blackpool Tower, home to the Tower Ballroom, the circus and the Blackpool Tower Dungeons. It is the only British seaside resort to have three different piers to explore and, for animals lovers, there is Blackpool Zoo!
The Golden Mile
Blackpool’s Golden Mile is the bustling promenade that stretches for 1.7 miles between the famous North Pier and South Pier. It is the heart of this popular tourist destination and where you will experience souvenir shops galore, fish and chip shops, exciting amusement arcades, thrilling funfairs, sandy beaches and many more attractions. In winter, the Golden Mile is famous for the amazing Blackpool Illuminations.
Two miles inland from the famous Golden Mile, you will find Blackpool Zoo. The zoo is located in one of the most picturesque areas of Blackpool, by Stanley Park and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Come and see your favourite animals including elephants, giraffes, orangutans, gorillas, penguins, sea lions and much more. Learn all there is to know at the daily feeds, talks and demonstrations. You can walk amongst the residents in Lemur Wood, Wallaby Walkabout, World of Wings and Rainbow Landings.
There is even a Dinosaur Safari with life sized models and six petrifying, animatronic dinosaurs!
Don’t forget to visit the huge indoor Playbarn, if your kids have any energy left!
You can’t come to this town without visiting the Blackpool Tower, one of the Blackpool's oldest buildings and one of Britain’s best-loved landmarks. This tower, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, was the tallest man-made structure in the former British Empire, at a whopping 158 meters high; that’s 518 feet!
Experience the best views in the North West at the top of the tower, at the Blackpool Tower Eye. Dare to walk onto the thrilling SkyWalk – a five centimetre thick glass viewing platform; see the famous Blackpool promenade beneath your feet!
Then you have to take a ride on the Skycoaster! If you are ready to push your thrills to the limit and leave your fears behind, the popular Adrenaline Zone on Blackpool’s South Pier is for you. Fly over 100ft into the air, above South Pier, the beach and even the Irish sea! Have a go if you dare!
Ride a flying machine at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
One of Europe's oldest rides is Sir Hiram Maxim's flying machines. This popular ride can be found at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach and is the ultimate flying experience! It is the oldest attraction at the Pleasure Beach and is essentially the same classic rocket ride that visitors were enjoying in 1904!
If adrenaline is your thing, The Big One is a must! One of the most famous features of Blackpool’s skyline, The Big One lives up to its name, standing 213ft tall! It is the tallest rollercoaster in the UK – ride it if you dare.
Blackpool Tower Circus
Blackpool Tower is one of the town's oldest buildings and one of Britain’s best-loved landmarks. This complex consists of different attractions such as the Tower Ballroom or The Blackpool Tower Eye, but if you go with children, be sure to visit the circus. The little ones will meet the legendary clowns Mooky and Mr. Boo and watch a fantastic array of adventurous acts from around the world, in Blackpool’s longest running show.
There is nothing more British than tea time, but have you ever imagined having tea surrounded by terrifying characters? If scary stories, spooky gifts and cult movies is your thing, then The Crypt is the place for you. Come and experience a unique horror hangout tea room, gift shop and mini museum. Find a wide selection of horror and cult movie merch, as well as goth/punk/alternative clothing from brands such as Kreepsville666 and Sourpuss. There’s even some life sized monsters, perfect for that creepy photo op!
Unique antiques and craft centre
The Regent Antiques Centre has over 50 stalls, spread over three floors of a fully restored 1920s cinema. There are stalls jam packed with antique furniture, collectables and memorabilia, vintage clothing and jewellery, crafts, retro games and gadgets. There is even a vintage tea room serving delicious cakes and treats.