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I just wanted to write a review about the improvements made to the promenade in Blackpool as I was so impressed whilst there recently!
I've been a regular visitor to Blackpool since I was a small child, my great grandad lived there until I was 16 and my cousins and I frequently went to stay with him during the school holidays, therefore it will always have a place in my heart.
As I only live an hours drive away I like to visit at least once a year, either to go to the pleasure beach for the day or to spend a night at the Big Blue Hotel (which is awesome & which I have reveiwed seperately!). Over the last few years there have been works being done along the from to improve the look of the promenade and when my boyfriend & i visited a week or two ago on a particularly lovely sunny day it seemed that the facelift has been completed........and it looks great!
Now I wouldn't like you to expect that Blackpool as a whole has undergone some miraculous change, there is still the normal collection of shabby B&Bs, tacky shops and amusements, but that's what makes it fun right?! What you can now expect to see is a much more pleasant promenade area, with a lovely clean wide area to stroll along. various sculptures and interesting features along the way and wide sweeping steps leading down to the beach. It has to be said that Blackpool always looks nicer when it's sunny, but I really do think they've made such a good job of it and just improved the general look.
As well as this obviously Blackpool has tons to offer; a great shopping centre, plenty of restaurants, the tower, the pleasure beach, the piers, shows, the zoo, the sandcastle etc etc. The tackiness is what you would expect from a seaside resort, it is part of it's charm and there are some lovely hotels if you don't fancy a basic & cheap B&B (such as the Big Blue Hotel I've already mentioned!). There are plenty of pubs and bars, so it is great for a day trip or an overnight stay.
So if you fancy a stroll along the prom, you know where to go!
Its easy to be dismissive about Blackpool. The epicentre of bingo holidays, theme parks and the ever-famous British stock-a-rock, it has long since been scoffed at by people who now enjoy annual holiday's in places like Benidorm, Marmaris, or any other similarly themed cheesefest that passes off as the family holiday. In all honesty, my first trip to Blackpool this weekend only highlighted that it is no worse nor better a place to holiday than any of the aforementioned foreign resorts, with the exception of the missing sun - something we Brits have come to accept as the norm.
The reason for my visit to Blackpool was part work part pleasure. The bar I work in on a Saturday night takes a group of pensioner's down for the weekend, and I was nominated to assist the wee old fella's around the place, or run to the bar, or carry them back in a drunken state to their rooms. In fairness, they never moved far from the bar and the hotel staff were quite happy to bring them drinks to their tables. So this gave myself and my travelling companion a fair bit of time to go around and see the sights of Blackpool. Of which there are surprisingly many.
We stayed at St Chads B & B which is a massive establishment on St Chad's Road, the main road that drags along the beach front. I was a bit unimpressed when I entered the dingy reception area on arrival. However, at £87 for 3 nights (breakfast included), I didn't expect the Hilton. As long as the rooms were clean and the food edible, I would have been satisfied. Surprisingly, the rooms were pleasantly immaculate, spacious, well-aired and our family room looked directly onto the best view of the beach, the promenade and the lights of Blackpool. The breakfast turned out to be a delicious feast, and the staff were hospitable, friendly and just personal enough to make everybody feel at home. I'm not sure that they remembered the gentlemen we were escorting from last year, but if they didn't, they certainly didn't show it.
There was plenty of entertainment at our B&B as well. For all you Bingo Bats out there, there was several cash winning games every night - with some people winning £100. I did hear a few pensioners complaining that the bingo boards weren't anywhere near as good as the books you get at the real bingo - really??? There was a singer named Karl Palmer, who is one of the best cabaret singers I've ever heard. He did songs ranging from opera, to blues, through 70s, to modern pop. He had a great rapport with the audience and the kids without having to try too hard. The following night there was a singer named Murray Gee Mac, a man so relegated to cruise ship entertainment that I could almost feel the floor sway beneath me. He did a collection of the old cheesier numbers and put on a bit of a comedy routine with a couple of fellow Scots who would have given you a red neck to be Scottish.
There is plenty to do in Blackpool, although it can be an expensive trip. The best thing to do is follow our lead and search online before you go for discount vouchers etc. The pleasure beach was our first day out. At £32 per person, I didn't really feel that enamoured by it, as I'm not really a thrill ride person. There are a few smaller rides such as the flying ships, and the water logs, which I loved. However, the bigger attractions probably pull thrill seekers who want to go on Infusion (the official name for the terrifyingly huge rollercoaster ride) or similarly terrifying rides. There is entertainment galore provided with staff dressed up, plenty of scary attractions to see and even reasonably priced food. I'm glad I didn't pay the £32 though. We got a code from an irn bru bottle which allowed us to enter the code and buy our wristbands online. The offer gave us 2 for 1, which meant we both paid £16 each. Much better value then.
There is also a water world now open directly across from the pleasure beach. We didn't get a chance to visit, but some of the kids (and big kids) at our accommodation were raving about it. This is definitely something I would like to try the next time we go, as water rides are much more my thing. Another alternative to the big thrill rides is a smaller carnival of rides which are placed about half a mile from Blackpool Tower. It sits out on the pier, and has waltzers, the extreme and the big wheel. I tried all of these, much to my own amazement and my companion's amusement. There is also a reasonably friendly family bar placed at the end of the pier which allows kids as well.
Placed along the main road are several restaurants and bars. The best of the one's we visited was The Manchester and Reflex. The Manchester played a variety of club music, had drinks for as little as £2, and had a great fun atmosphere. Reflex also played quite a bit of RnB and dance music and also chucked in a selection of 80s hits to reflect its 80s décor. The music was a little loud for during the day in Reflex and we struggled to talk but again it was fun enough and the drinks were more reasonable than we had expected.
Two other attractions that we considered but didn't get a chance to visit was the Blackpool Tower (which freaked me out when I could see people walking about on the glass directly above me) and the Blackpool equivalent to Madam Tussaud's. Most people will be aware of the Tussaud's in London which homes celebrities, famous characters and historical figures. Well Blackpool's version is almost exactly like that in theme. Again, you can get discount vouchers online for that. I saw it online for £8 per head, whereas entry at the door was approximately £14 per person.
September weekend is also round about the time when the Blackpool lights go on for the last quarter of the year. It is pretty spectacular a sight, which is only enhanced by the novelty value of the tram system and horse and cart rides that carry you up and down the main road. It also has a modern shopping mall similar to those scattered around the main cities in the UK. This is placed just behind Blackpool Tower and is central to other high street shops that are scattered along the way. So it's not just Blackpool rock and cheesy t-shirts to be had. Blackpool actually caters for everybody.
The website that you go to for various discounts and offers is www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/ which turned out to be an excellent saving. You always get vouchers like this from places like "The Sun" newspaper etc. Its definitely worth keeping an eye out for these things.
Just a spent a bank holiday day out in Blackpool I am 51 years old and never been, nor had my wife, so thought it time to go and se what all the fuss was about.
Got there, weather very sunny but breezy, paid a fortune to park, walked down to the "Golden Mile" seafront past loads of shutdown boarded up guest houses, most of those that were open, looked dingy and dirty from the outside (dont they have window cleaners there ?), got to seafront, more of the same ..boarded up shops, pubs etc interspersed with the occasion strip club, the promenade all fenced off (admittedly a lot of work going on, perhaps should have done it during the winter though !), saw all the horse and carriages but all of the drivers looked so miserable, went to the highlight "the tower" again all surrounded by fences, building works but the building itself looked dreary and depressing and would not entice me in !
Took a walk down the North Pier, potentially nice but everything looks in need of a facelift and so dated with all the rusted victorian iron works etc.
The good points, a nice Primark and the one star for the excellent fish and chips !!!
All in all very disappointing and wouldnt go there again, even on a stag do !!
Well what can be said about Blackpool...forget the dirty beach, the tacky lights, greasy kebab wrappers thrown across the street and the kiss me quick hats...I LOVEEEEE Blackpool! Blackpool is great fun no matter what your age, or the weather and there is always something for everyone to do.
Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire, England. Situated along the coast of the Irish Sea, it has a population of around 143,000, making it the fourth-largest settlement in North West England behind Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington. It is situated 40 miles north-west of the city of Manchester, and less than 30 miles north of Liverpool City centre. Blackpool is the fourth most densely populated local authority district of England & Wales outside Greater London.
Blackpool is heavily dependent on tourism. During its "heyday"(1900-1950), Blackpool thrived as the factory workers of northern England took their annual holidays there. Any photograph from that era shows crowds of tourists on the beach and promenade. Blackpool was also a preferred destination of visitors from Glasgow and remains so to this day.
Today Blackpool remains the most popular seaside resort in the UK, however the town has suffered a serious drop in numbers of visitors which has fallen from 17 million in 1992 to 10 million today.
Similarly Pleasure Beach Blackpool was the country's most popular free attraction with 6 million visitors a year but has lost over a million visitors since 1998 after introducing entrance fees.
Whether you are going for a day, a weekend, or a week there is always something to do and something to see in Blackpool. No it's not Spain or Cyprus, or even Devon but its something different which can be enjoyed by everybody even those on a tight budget.
There are so many hotels and B&B's to chose from to suit everybodys needs and budget. I would advise to research your accommodation before hand online, as many of the B&Bs in Blackpool have shared bathrooms, and personally I would rather pay that little bit extra and have a bathroom in my room. Prices start at around £15.00 per person per night. Be aware when booking online which end of the Promenade you are, as you can be quite a distant out of the town, however this does make it easier and cheaper to park your car.
There are many attractions to visit including Sea Life Centre, Pleasure Beach, the Pier, Louis Tussauds and numerous arcades. Louis Tussauds is a great day out and really good fun, there are some wicked photo opportunities available and you can even sit and pose as the queen! Whilst in Blackpool why not visit a local Tarrot reader and Clairvoyant and get your "fortune" told, however be careful cause alot of them get you inside and just try to haggle as much money as possible off you!
Blackpool is also a fantastic night out, as there are so many bars and pubs and clubs to chose from. Sanuk is one of the best clubs in Blackpool, with wicked music and such a friendly atmosphere it really is a great night out. I love going to Blackpool for a weekend with my girlie pals its such a laugh and you are guaranteed to have an unforgetable weekend!
So forget all the bad negative things you hear about Blackpool...no you are not going to a beautiful beach resort and no you are going to be staying in the Ritz....but come on its Blackpool...let your hair down and have some fun!
Blackpool is a place I used to always take my children when they were growing up, we used to go regular and have lots of fun as there used to be so much going on to entertain the whole family.
My hubby and his family along with mine sometimes used to stay at a nearby caravan site and we used to have sometimes 3 x 8 berth caravans next to each other and play games etc and use the local pub and all meet up at the end of the day if we had been out to different places.
Blackpool is in the North West of England and it has miles of promenade and it is nick named the Golden Mile as it runs for miles along the sea front from as far as Cleveley's a small town further up the coast to Lytham St Annes at the other end, I am not sure if it goes beyond these 2 towns but I have visited them both when I have been to Blackpool and both are lovely places to visit.
There is a amusement park at the South end of the promenade and it is called the Pleasure Beach and it has lots of rides for the children and adults and even babies, it used to be pay per ride but I was told by a friend it is now one entrance fee but it is worth a visit as the rides are very good and there is a famous big dipper ride called the Grand National and it has a good dip but that was before they brought new rides to the park, one being called The Pepsi Max and it is an amazing ride, it has a very steep dip on a bend and it is a white nuckle ride and I had a ride myself and it scared me so much I never went on it again lol, but the rest of my family absolutely loved it and went on many times. There is a glass box inside the park with a clown that moves around on a chair and laughs continually, it is funny to watch and I always used to go see it whenever I was there, it makes you laugh and children love it.
There is of course the Tower which has lots of entertainment with an entrance fee and you are able to take a lift to the top and see all across the area with a birds eye view.
There is a swimming pool at the South promenade too and it is called The Sandcastle.
At the north end of the promenade there are lots of amusements and arcades and they run all the way along to the south end and there are 3 piers with entertainment one at the north, one south end and one in the middle.
This seaside resort attracts lots of visitors and especially at the end of August because they have the Illuminations where all the lights along the promenade are switched on and everyone loves to see them and drive down in their cars or buses to see them.
There are Trams that travel along the sea front for miles and they are very regular, probably one every 5 minutes or so and so if you want to go from one end of the promenade to the other you do not have to walk, you can just take the tram.
This place is a good place to visit, although it has declined in recent years, it is still a good place for a day trip as at night time there tend to be a lot of hen and stag parties around and so a lot of people it appears have stopped staying there for holidays or weekends but day trippers are fine in my opinion.
There are always entertaining shows at the theatres and piers and I have seen lots of celebrities on my visits over the years.
I recommend it for a day trip but I think it is not for me now for anymore than that amount of time because of the hen parties etc.
I give it 5 stars for entertainment.
Thank you for reading my review.
Having visited Blackpool lots of times since i was a little girl, i never fail to get bored of it and i can't wait to take my toddler there! Blackpool is your typical seaside town and it boasts lots of activities.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach - an amazing theme park with a brilliant selection of rides, shows and amusements to suits all ages and interests. The theme park isnt open long out of season but when you go in season it can be very busy and you do have to wait quite a while to get on most rides. The cheapest option is the unlimited wrist band which is £30 and if you know where to look you can get 3 for 2 vouchers online saving you some money.
Other attractions include the piers in Blackpool which offer various attractions including amusement arcades, rides, the Big Wheel and the North Pier is home to various shows throughout the year.
We went to Louis Tussauds waxworks which is well worth a visit but very expensive. The Sea Life Centre was also brilliant but again very expensive so if you can get money off coupons take full advantage of them.
The best amusement however has to be the famous Blackpool Tower...dare you go right up to the top? I did and the views were amazing out onto the sea. The tower had various attractions including a circus, but i havent been there since i was young but judging by the laughter when we went passed it was a good turnout and show.
No trip to Blackpool would be complete with fish and chips on the sea front and you have lots of choice of chip shops. If you have time, take a wander to the rock shop where you can see the rock being made from scratch, the smell is amazing. it is just off the central pier up a side street.
Over the years we have stayed at various hotels in Blackpool but i recommend the Hacketts York House Hotel which is up the far end of the North Pier but not as far on as Norbeck Castle Hotel.
I miss going to Blackpool, my sister used to live there and it was great going to visit for the day,
Blackpool is great but be warned you will spend a fortune so make sure you have plenty of money with you!
Backpool is one of the best holiday i have ever been on it many even be the best. my family were put off booking a holiday as we got the impression that the place was dirty. This place could not be any cleaner. when we go on holiday to blackpool we have stay in a number of hotel some been big and some been small but every time we have hade a fab time, the people are so friendly and couldnt do enough for us they are alway entertian alday long no mater where you go. We have alway stayed hotels. since we had our first holiday 5 years ago we have never been any where else on holiday really clean and alday and night entertainment. the hotel was a really big hotel with lots for children to do and it has a gym, hairdress and a tatoo shop also on the front of the seafront is a top rated resturant which servece some thing for every one. if you fancy a day out the hotel also had place to book day trips but i would advice having a short walk to the sea front and there will be people selling the trips alot cheaper. boat trip from as little as five pound. the boat trips are the best you get picked up about 10 in the morning from your hotel and dont get back till around 4-5 p at night the are really entertaining.
blackpool is also know as shoppers paradise the clothes and gold is great and really cheap compered to england, there is shop after shop full of clothes for next to nothing cash. as there is gold shop after one another the is a big market open every day with is worth visting as there are deals there that arnt to be missed.
My family and I have been to Blackpool four times for short breaks, and each holiday has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
* Transport *
We are from Liverpool, so Blackpool is only an hour and a half away by car. Once we arrive, we don't use the car until we go home - we just park it in a car park and use the trams or walk.
The trams aren't exactly cheap, but you can by day travel cards and they are a great way to travel around. My children love the novelty of going on a tram, and I must say I do too! They can take you right along the promenade and stop at the many attractions, such as the Pleasure Beach and the Tower. On the night the illuminations are turned on, several of the trams are decorated with lights, which is a nice touch.
Walking is also a good way to get around Blackpool, depending on where you are staying. Our hotel is within walking distance of the Tower, and it is a really nice walk there, as you can often fell the spray of the sea on windy days. Walking is also a wonderful experience at night when the lights are on.
* Attractions *
The main tourist attraction has got to be the Blackpool Tower. We have been several times, and we all really enjoyed it. Going up to the top and walking across the glass floor (if you're brave enough!) is a really exciting experience, and you can even post a letter from the top of the tower! There is also a circus, aquarium, several food places and 'Jungle Jim's', a massive adventure playground for children.
The Blackpool lights / illumination are a big highlight of our trips. They are normally on from the end of August until the start of November, and on the night they are switched on for the first time, there is a big event. The lights stretch out for miles along the main road by the seafront, and it is a lovely sight.
There are attractions we haven't visited like the Sea Life Centre and the Sandcastle Water Park, but both look really exciting and I would imagine they are well worth a visit.
I must admit we have also never visited the beach at Blackpool, because we have always visited around the beginning of September, when it isn't really beach weather. However, Blackpool does have a nice, long stretch of sand, so if you are going in the summer, you might want to pay a visit to the beach.
One thing my kids love about Blackpool is the amount of amusement arcades. There are loads, particularly around the Tower area, and we always enjoy going on those two pence penny-push machines.
There is also the Pleasure Beach, the theme park with that pretty terrifying looking rollercoaster, the Pepsi Max Big One! We used to visit the Pleasure Beach just to have a look around, when you didn't have to pay to enter. But now you have to pay for a wristband (I believe) to just get into the park, whether you want to go on any rides or not, so we didn't go on our last holiday to Blackpool.
There are loads of things to do in Blackpool, including a nice shopping area. It really is hard to get bored!
* Other Information *
Blackpool is generally quite a cheap place to spend a few days or a week or two, with accommodation ranging from cheap hostels to the Hilton hotel.
The weather is probably one of the only slight downsides to Blackpool, but it is England after all. There are plenty of indoor attractions, so as long as you take umbrellas you'll be fine.
* Conclusion *
I would thoroughly recommend a holiday or a day trip to Blackpool to anyone, it's a lovely classic British seaside town.
I was madly jealous of my friend who got to go to Blackpool every summer when we were kids. I was invited to go to Blackpool more than once as an adult but the seedy image of a holiday resort full of beer swilling Brits wearing Kiss Me Quick hats while they rode donkeys along the beach put me off. I made my first visit for a day in 2008 when we visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the distance meaning it is a four hour drive from central Scotland and we were able to travel there and back in one day. Blackpool was not nearly as seedy as I thought it would be so we ended up booking a short family break in 2009 so we could explore the town more fully.
There is a massive choice of accommodation to choose from in Blackpool with dozens of bed and breakfasts, hotels, apartments and holiday parks to choose from. I had heard many tales about dragon-like bed and breakfast owners and we eventually decided to stay in Marton Mere holiday camp owned by Haven Holidays which provides self catering caravans on a family friendly resort set on a nature reserve.
We spent five nights in Blackpool and spent our days visiting attractions in the area. The first stop for us was the Pleasure Beach, Britain's biggest theme park with a range of rollercoaster's and fairground rides for all the family. We loved the pleasure beach and despite the crowds and queues would happily visit again.
The second day we visited Blackpool Zoo, the zoo is fantastic with a brilliant range of animals, our favourite part of the zoo is an attraction called Amazonia which is an indoor rainforest housing cheeky little monkeys who are so tame they will come up close and try and steal food from your bag. The zoo is set in a really attractive park and it was a day enjoyed by both the kids and the adults.
On day three we visited Sandcastle Waterpark, the UK's largest waterpark and although the kids loved splashing around and riding the worlds biggest water rollercoaster the adults felt that this attraction was vastly overpriced and not nearly as good as we expected it to be.
On day four we visited Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium, one of the museums charting the weird and wonderful finds of adventurer Robert Ripley. Amongst the oddities inside this museum are a shrunken head, a two headed calf, optical illusions and a life sized statue of the worlds fattest man. It was a reasonably good exhibit but once you have seen it once you probably won't want to visit again.
After we came out of Ripley's we decided to catch one of the famous trams along to the other end of the Promenade to Blackpool Tower. The trams were a slight let down to be honest, on the inside they resembled an old bus and were very crowded. They are a good way to get around the main tourist areas as they run very frequently and stop at all the main attractions but apart from being a convenient means of travel they are not really very exciting.
I was looking forward to visiting Blackpool Tower, an iconic building built in the shape of the Eifel Tower. I really wanted to visit the tower to climb to the top and take the walk of faith over a glass platform and also to visit the famous ballroom with the massive WWurlitzer organ. Unfortunately the top of the tower was closed on the day of our visit due to high winds so we decided to leave the Tower for another visit.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering along the main tourist area, walking along the piers and visiting the beach instead. The beach is clean and you can pick up a bucket and spade at one of the many stalls nearby to make your own sandcastles. There are also the famous donkey rides for the younger children.
Blackpool has three piers and we visited both the South and Central Piers. Both of these piers have free entry and you can wander along them and enjoy the views, visit a pub or café and have a meal or drink or play on some of the sideshows. The piers were looking a bit neglected, especially the central pier and it was a shame to see these structures looking a bit shabby.
It is true that much of the main tourist area along the Promenade is very tacky with endless amusement arcades, chip shops and souvenir shops selling sticks of rock in the shape of rude body parts. The town also has a reputation for being a wild party destination for Stag and Hen parties who binge drink and cause lots of trouble but because we never visited any night spots then we never met any of these groups. There are also genuine psychics in booths on every corner, each one claiming to be the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and are happy to tell your fortune for a fee. I never visited any of those psychics myself but I have two friends who both claim to have been given accurate readings.
In Blackpool's heyday it was the place where workers from the North of England and Scotland would swarm in their droves and despite the fact that there are still over 10 million visitors a year then it is clear that some areas of Blackpool are looking a bit sad and neglected. There were some parts of our visit that we really enjoyed like the zoo or Marton Mere nature reserve. I found that the Blackpool residents were very warm and laid back and welcoming and that the town overall had a really nice atmosphere. I would visit again with kids for a short break in the UK as there is so much for them to do and see that they had a brilliant time.
When I was younger every year my parents would take me and my brother to Blackpool on holiday, and now I have children my parents now take them on short breaks to Blackpool. I don't know why my parents love Blackpool so much but I have been that many times I am a bit sick of it. I would go again for a daytrip or maybe a weekend but I wouldn't dream of going there on holiday.
Blackpool is a seaside resort in Lancashire and is about 90 miles from where I live, I'm sure most people will of heard of Blackpool before. There are two main things associated with Blackpool, one is the tower, Blackpool tower always used to remind me of a smaller version of eiffel tower when I was a child. You can go up the tower and it is quite high and scary at the top. The other thing I associate with Blackpool is the Pleasure Beach.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a theme park full with rollercoasters and scary rides. Up until recently you could walk around the park without paying and buy tokens just for the rides you wanted to go on, but now it is the same as other theme parks and you have to pay on entry for unlimited rides. The Pepsi Max has got to be the biggest rollercoaster there and I have not been brave enough to go on, I did manage the Playstation though.
The Golden Mile is what the seafront at Blackpool is refered to, as it is supposed to be a mile from one end to the other. On the Golden Mile there are the usual stalls, amusements and places to eat.
There are three piers at Blackpool, one at the north, one at the south and one in the middle. The middle pier is the best as it is full of rides and amusements.
Just next to the Pleasure Beach there is a big waterworld called the Sandcastle, this is a really fun waterworld with lots of shutes and slides. It is however expensive so you would need to spend the day there to get value for money.
The beach at Blackpool is quite nice and easily accessible, you can hire deckchairs and have donkey rides like any seaside resort.
In the Autumn there is the Blackpool Illuminations which run from October to November. In all the times I have been I have never seen the illuminations, I would like to though.
The thing I would probably criticise Blackpool for is that it is turning into a bit of a party resort rather than a family resort. It is a popular place for stag and hen parties and therefore not the place you want to be taking children, as come night time there are drunks everywhere.
I do love Blackpool and have fond memories of being there, when it comes to seaside resorts and things to do Blackpool is up there with the best. However when you have been somewhere many many times it does lose its appeal and the want to visit other places is stronger.
Blackpool is great place to visit though, with lots of fun things to see and do.
As I mentioned in my other reviews about Blackpool, I have been going there since I was 5, and it is like my second home. There are always a lot of mixed opinions about Blackpool, some people say that it is a dirty place, and there really isn't any thing appealing about it, but for me that's not true.
There have been a lot of changes that have happened there over the years, to make it a more fun place for all ages to enjoy. One of the biggest things that they have done lately is to change the appearance of the sea front. There are two reasons behind this, one which is really the most important one, is that it is used as a new flood defence. They have change the promenade from the boring straight lines it has always been to a really nice wavy sort of shape. The flood defences also have another purpose to them too; they have made them into steps that are wider than most normal steps so that they can be used as seats too. I think that this is really ingenious as it makes them multi functional. At the back of the 'stairs' there is also another part to the flood defence, they have these really large curved shapes that follow the first flood defences and these are also designed so that you can sit on them if desired. This has taken a lot of years to do, as you can imagine, and the last time we were down there which was for our honey moon in July they were more than half way along the sea front.
There are also a lot of really nice pieces of art work that are on the sea front that have actually been there for a long time, but I didn't really know that they actually did anything. There is a large octopus tentacle that sticks out of the ground along near the pleasure beach area, and this is actually a 'tide organ'. We had no idea what this was until we read the plaque that was attached to it, might I add it has always been there I have just never noticed it! Anyway, when the tide comes in, there are some pipes that are connected to the tentacle that are of different sizes, and then when the tide comes in it pushes the air up the pipe and it then makes a sound. This is actually really nice to listen to, as it is very soothing. There are also two other really nice sculptures, that are over by the Pleasure Beach. There are two seats that have a whales tale around them, and up until about 2 visits ago to Blackpool I didn't know that you can actually turn these so that they can face different directions, and there is also what can only be described as a giant mirrored disco ball that rotates and has lots of coloured lights that bounce off it. This looks really nice at night.
As well as what I have mentioned so far, Blackpool has a lot of attractions which are very well known. There is the Winter gardens, the Pleasure Beach and not to forget the Tower. Blackpool tower has a lot of attractions inside of it, there is an aquarium, lots of different restaurants, a soft play area called jungle jims for the kids, and the famous Tower Ballroom, which plays live organ music.
There are a lot of hotels, bed & breakfasts, and guest houses in Blackpool, so there is always something for every budget. The hotels that we have stayed in have always been very clean and tidy, and great service. We have stayed in The Morrissey Hotel now since I was 5, but with the odd occasional trip to The Viking Hotel, which is an adult only hotel, and all of these trips have been great.
The only thing that I find a little annoying is that there are always a lot of Hen and Stag parties that go there for weekends, and sometimes there can be trouble, but I suppose that is the same no matter where you go.
If you have never been to Blackpool I would certainly suggest that you give it a try, and I am sure that you will love it.
Blackpool, everyone has an opinion, almost everyone has been, some love it some hate it so whats the story.
Arriving in the town and parking in one of the many parking areas the first thing that will strike you is the massive Tower, the trade mark of the town and the identity of the place, it sits like a king watching its loyal subjects.
Immediately you will be immersed in the hussle and bussle, the streets never empty, its a true twentyfour hour town, from the street vendors selling or the takeaway caravans to the famous fortune tellers and the small trinket shops on central drive. Hotels, Guesthouses and flats are plentyful and cheap and you'l get a good deal to suit any budget
The sights, the sound of horse and carriage and the constant background hum from the many promenade arcades adds to the experience.
The three piers stretch out towards the sparkling Irish sea and add to the ambiance when looking out towards the water at sunset on a cloudless sky.
Deciding what to do first can be difficult, on a nice day head for Stanley Park and wander through the woodland setting, see the many squirels, head to the boating lake for a relaxing trip round the water, its a glorious setting. or have a day at the world famous Pleasure Beach, Stroll round a pier, they are all different and have a character of their own, relax on the quiet north, entertain the kids on the central or get the heart rate up on the adrenalin fuelled south. A day in the tower is the making of a special memory too.
After dark especially during the illuminations you will be blown away by the light show which is on a massive scale and should impress everyone.
There are many night clubs, pubs, pubs on a theme, curiousity pubs, restaurants, diners, fish and chip shops and cafes most of which are reasonable with good food and service, the Stevonia on central drive is my pick of the fish and chip shops but there is a huge choice.
Blackpool is like 5 places in one, there is the stag and hen place, the cheap tacky place that anti blackpool people talk about, the quiet expensive north side, the busy central/south side and the family place where you spend your holiday travelling everyhere by tram or walking along the prom at dusk on your way back from a fun day visiting places like the wax works, sealife centre or sandcastle swiming pool and the attractions mentioned above.
Its bigger than you imagine, there's more to do than you can, its a wonderful place but which version will you find.........................which ever one you're looking for.
A couple of years ago I probably had the same negative opinion of Blackpool as lots of people. It had been around 25 years since I was last there, as a child on a trip with my Mum and a couple of aunt's and cousins. My memories included wet, grey and cold 'miserable' weather, finding the B&B we had booked into was awful (when the landlady answered the door with a black eye it was definitely a sign of things to come, and us kids were terrified when fighting broke out on the landing...we soon left and found another!), silver tinsel wigs, a Cannon and Ball show and a really grotty Pleasure Beach populated by equally grotty people.
And so it was definitely with some trepidation I decided to take my four year old daughter for a short break last year. It isn't somewhere I yearned to go at all, however I do remember as a child lots of seaside resort holidays playing on the beach, and have far fonder memories of those than the later foreign holidays with my parents. I decided to swallow my pride and snobbishness and go for it, as it's only a couple of hours away from where we live we could easily come home if it was horrendous.
I've recently just returned from our second trip, so you can pretty much gather that I didn't find it completely terrible at all. Blackpool, to me seems a lot better these days than as I remember twenty odd years ago, and I think with a little planning you can avoid the really tacky attractions and places and find it's still a great place to visit with the family.
I have been extremely lucky, in that on both occasions we were blessed with fantastic weather, and lets be honest... the sun makes a huge difference to any place. There are masses upon masses of outdoor and indoor attractions to visit, but let me tell you of our favourites.
~ The Beach ~
The Beach and promenade were undergoing massive redevelopement on our first visit, which made the promenade into a building site and access to the beach limited, although there was some. This year, while the redevelopement continues, the south beach area (nearest the Pleasure Beach) is now complete. When the tide is out, the sand stretches for miles and my daughter loves playing on the beach and in the little puddles left behind.
The beach is pretty clean, there is the odd bit of rubbish lying about, but it is only an odd bit so in general it would seem that they are kept clean and well maintained. The sand is quite muddy, perfect for building sandcastles, not so good for clothes and shoes. I would really recommend you wear old clothes (I've had to bin my daughters white shorts AND knickers as I couldn't get them clean) and flip flops/sponge shoes are a must.
The newly built promenade in this area is lovely, very clean and modern and there are stretches of steps/sea defences leading down to the sea interspersed with ramps for wheelchair and pushchair access. We were at the beach one lunchtime when the tide came in, very quickly. My daughter kept moving into an ever decreasing piece of sand, then eventually onto the steps where the sea came upto around step 6. It does get quite deep where it meets the steps as my daughter found out when she took a step into it. We had a moment of wild panic but luckily no harm done...but I'd advise other people with small children to avoid the seafront at high tide. Luckily it does go out very very quickly, by 3pm when we returned there was a huge expanse of sand again.
If you don't want to go on the sand, you can enjoy the sea view from the promenade where you can hire deck chairs for either on or off the sand. Of course the obligatory donkey's are here and no visit to Blackpool beach would be complete without it. The donkeys seem really well cared for and are very friendly. They are, rightly so, restricted in their hours of work so won't be there all day and are prohibited from working on a Friday...even the donkeys need a day off after all.
I really like the beach on a clear evening. The sun sets right into the sea and it's an impressive sight in the right conditions, with the sea sparkling and the sun bright red. If you would like a quiter beach without the Blackpool Glitz, Clevleys is lovely and a tram will take you there and back.
~ The Zoo ~
The zoo is fantastic. It's clean and green with a whole host of fascintating Animals. I've been surprised to learn that a lot of people didn't even know it existed. It's not at all tacky, as you may imagine at first, being in Blackpool. It's probably one of the best Zoo's I have been to and a really great day out...you will need at least 5 hours. I have written a full review of the zoo for those who are interested so I will keep it brief here. The Zoo, as with all the major attractions can be accessed by the open topped sightseeing bus.
~ The Tower ~
We didn't visit the Tower on our first visit, as to be honest I find the area around it really tacky and what I try to avoid. However this year my daughter had been mentioning she would like to see a circus, and so I had a quick look on the internet and got tickets very cheap. Just £18 for both of us included admission into the tower, access to all the attractions and a seats for the 2 hour show.
We got there quite late, so apart from a quick play in the massive Jungle Jims soft play (where I am pretty sure she would have stayed all day!) and a brief wander round the small and dissapointing aquarium we didn't see much of the tower as it closed at 5pm shortly after the show ended.
The circus was brilliant and my daughter sat in open mouthed awe throughout. The show takes you through a hundred years of circus entertainment, with some breathtaking old fashioned trapeze acts, and then a futuristic spectacular with gymnastic aliens and people dangling from a swinging rocket. The only thing that really annoyed me where the amount of people selling tat before and during the interval. If you take a child and they already have a light stick at home I urge you take it with you and save yourself an extortionate £8
I would definitely recommend the Tower to others, but give yourself more time than we did....at least 5 hours. I was very disappointed at missing the famous tower ballroom, trip to the top of the tower, and the restaurant looked pretty good too. The entrance fee is very good for what you get, especially if you book on line and it's an ideal 'rainy' day attraction.
~ Pleasure Beach ~
I was very surprised by the pleasure beach on my first visit, and we went again this time round. It's a lot different to how I remember it, being run more like a theme park than a fair these days. Infact it's far superior than Light Water Valley, which is the only theme park I have visited recently to compare it too.
There are loads of rides for thrill seekers and little ones alike. It cost £44 for me and my 4 year old daughter, which is probably around the same or less than other parks, but my did she have her moneys worth! She must have gone on around 50 rides at least. The ride attendants are great, I must mention the fab old bloke who run's the 'zipper dipper' Kiddies rollercoaster. He was there both times we visit, and is really fun with the kids giving them all a 'Hi 5' as the coaster sets off. Make sure your little one sits on the right to catch their hi-5!.
We do go off peak and mid week so while busy, there were no cues for anything. The park is very clean and well maintained. I constantly saw people going round collecting rubbish, and even scrubbing down bins. The toilets are also immaculate with lockers available for bags at £1 a day. The food is limited to fast food pretty much (although there is an Italian restaurant) but cheap. We bought a huge hotdog and Coke for £3.50. The park was open 12-5 pm (later during peak) and we could have used another couple of hours.
~ The Piers ~
There are 3 piers in Blackpool, although I have only visited the central and south piers. South pier is all about fun, with more white knuckle fairground rides and a stomach churning bungee jump as well as a few childrens rides. Central pier is somewhat tamer, although is home to a gigantic ferris wheel my daughter insisted on riding. You can walk right to the end of this pier and the view is gorgeous. Both have family entertainment bars, we did get drinks at the bar on south pier one night, although the central pier bar was shut the night we visited (tuesday). During peak I believe they both open late with entertainment.
There are game stalls, palm readers and small shops selling rock, souvenir's and the like but again during the week these were closing as we arrived at 7pm.
Both piers are accessed through arcades, which as well as the big arcade games have loads of two penny slots. I let my daughter have a couple of pounds worth and we had fun putting them in, trying to push more out and ultimately loosing. There are loads of those thieving 'grab a toy' things, which after a few goes from her own purse even my daughter gave up on, brandishing them as 'cheats'. I prefer these two arcades and personally would avoid the others (as a rule I hate arcades full stop but kids like a go and it doesn't hurt once a year), as I found these clean and well supervised and we could have a little fun on our way off the pier.
~ Overall ~
Personally I have found that for a break with my daughter Blackpool is ideal, and to be honest I'm quite surprised. I'm not really a person who demands non stop brash fun, I prefer more sedate activities usually. However my reason for going was my daughter and I have discovered that underneath the bad image and the kiss me quick hats (which I have not seen once on my recent visits), there is still a nice seaside family atmosphere.
I have stayed in both a Haven holiday park and a very cheap B&B and both have been equally enjoyable. The plus side of the Haven Park is that it's near a nature reserve, so has a bit of a country feel and has free children's entertainment on site every night, as well as a swimming pool. The B&B was cheaper and nearer the attractions. There's a huge choice of accommodation though, so my advice would be to have a good look around the internet before deciding and check review sites for recommendations.
One assumption that a lot of people make is that going to Blackpool will be expensive, however I have found it's not necessarily the case. My last visit cost me in total less than £300 and that included travel by train, 2 nights accommodation, entrance to the tower, zoo and pleasure beach, all our food and plenty of spends for 3 full days here. I can assure you that we didn't scrimp either. Again if I can offer some advice it would be to book all the attractions you would like to see in advance as you can save a fair bit by booking on line. If your travelling by train book well in advance...our ticket only cost £12.50 return (on the day fayre is over £50) by booking 6 weeks in advance. Plan a daily budget and stick to it, I find that by taking out with me the amount of money I was happy to spend that day I was never tempted to go over.
And my final piece of advice would be to just enjoy it for what it is. Blackpool is full of friendly people, I have never once felt unsafe as a woman on my own with a small child. Yes it's tacky, brash and loud in places, but underneath all the muck there is a great seaside town with lots to do for the whole family.
(A couple of sites I found useful when planning our trip and booking attractions)
I went to Blackpool yesterday so thought I would write a review on it. I have been to Blackpool more times than I can remember, we used to go every summer as children and I've gone almost once a year since. I love everything about Blackpool, the lovely beach, the piers, the tower, the trams, the illuminations, everything. Every time I go, I have a brilliant time and never want to go home.
Our Day Out To Blackpool
We got there at about 11am and noticed that Blackpool Train Station has gone all modern since our last visit; you have to go through electronic gates to get in and out of the station and if you don't have a ticket, then don't even try!
It was a lovely day, not too sunny when we got there but not raining either, that's always a bonus! We walked down to the North Pier, it always amazes me that you have to pay 50p to get on this pier and yet it's the worse one! They did give us some vouchers though, for £1 off the carousel and 50p off an ice cream plus two more vouchers, I can't remember what they were though. As we walked down we noticed a group of lads playing cricket on the beach so we watched them for a while then walked down to the bottom where people were fishing. I wish it had been sunny because the sun terrace was empty and I could have quite happily sunbathed for a couple of hours!
My boyfriend and I are a pair of big kids really so we headed straight for the arcades. The first one we went in was Coral Island; I think this is probably the best one. They have the ghost train and mono rail ride for the kids (and big kids I guess!) plus it's huge and they have so many different games. One of the games stole my £1, I told somebody and he came and sorted it out straight away.
I then needed a sit down as I have a bad back so can only walk around for a short while, we were going to go in the Bar inside Coral Island but they had gone way over the top with the air con and it was too cold to sit in there, we tried their café too but it was really busy and we only wanted a drink so didn't fancy queuing.
We went into the amusements next door, I can't remember what it was called, they all look the same really apart from Coral Island so it's hard to remember their names! It was quite a small one anyway, we got a can of pop each (80p each!) then played a few of their games.
As we walked down the front, we came across Golden Isle indoor adventure golf, we love crazy golf and this place looked really cool so we thought we'd have a game. Because it's only just opened the price is slightly cheaper than it will be after the 12th July. It cost us £3.75 each (usually £5) they charge £2.50 for children (usually £3) and £10 for a family of four (usually £15)
The place looks amazing, you go in and it's themed like a pirate ship and it's very impressive. It's very dark inside with spot lights, black lights and pretty lights in the ceiling. There are 12 holes in total, some of them are quite straight forward but some are a little more complex but they are all great fun. We found we were waiting around quite a bit, it was really busy and we had to wait for the group before us to finish before we could go, it wasn't too bad as they have crates, barrels and rocks everywhere so I could sit down while I waited if I wanted to. The children that were in the groups before and after us really enjoyed themselves, it was very magical and they've done a brilliant job with it. Beats any crazy golf course I've ever been to.
After that we had a walk down to the Central Pier, it was starting to rain by this point, typical Blackpool! We had a walk down the pier, avoiding all the people who were trying to get us to play their daft games. The Central Pier is probably my favourite, they have some good rides, including the Big Wheel, my boyfriend is terrified of heights so wouldn't come on it with me and I'm not brave enough to go on by myself! Plus they have some interesting shops down at the bottom. There is a caricaturists, which costs £9 for black and white or £11 for colour (per face) I was going to get one done but the queue was too big. Further along is the shop where you can get old fashioned pictures taken, I'm sure it has a name but I didn't notice what it was, really should start paying more attention shouldn't I? Anyway I digress, in this shop they dress you up in old fashioned clothes and the pictures are printed in a way that makes them look really old. I had one done a few years ago and it was great fun, although it did cost £30 (that was including the frame)
There is also a chocolate and fudge shop, we couldn't resist getting something; the display in the window looked so delicious. I got some marzipan (that's really boring I know!) and my boyfriend got some Jack Daniels chocolate, it was horrible but then I do hate Jack Daniels, my boyfriend thought it was gorgeous! They were quite pricey I thought - £1.99 a bag and you only got 5 or 6 pieces.
The pier also has the famous Legends show, we didn't go to see it but it looks really good, it's basically a tribute act to stars like Robbie Williams, George Michael and David Bowie to name a few.
I was getting hungry by this point so we crossed back over the road and went into Fun Palace where they have a chip shop style café. I had pie, chips and gravy and my boyfriend had sausage, chips and gravy plus we had two large Pepsi's and it came to £9 which I thought was very reasonable.
Once we'd eaten we decided to get rid of all our copper because we were tired of carrying it around! We gave ourselves a challenge to see how many tickets we could get, I love playing the daft little games that are probably aimed at children! We did ourselves proud and got 369 tickets and exchanged them for some Me To You oven gloves, a Liverpool FC magnet and some sweets.
We crossed over the road and went and sat on the steps near the central pier, these weren't here last time I went to Blackpool and I think they look really good. It was lovely sitting in the sun with the waves crashing against the bottom steps.
We both decided to get our palms read, I know, we should have just flushed the money down the drain but it's become like a tradition for me to get my palm read and I always see the same lady and although I don't believe in it completely, she is usually quite accurate about some things. She is also totally wrong about some things too!
It was 5.30pm and I was in really bad pain with my back so we decided to go and get the train home.
We didn't even scratch the surface of what Blackpool has to offer, below are some other attractions I have visited in the past, I won't list all the prices because they tend to change with the seasons.
The Pleasure Beach
I used to love the pleasure beach when I was younger but I can't really go on the rides anymore due to my dodgy back but I still love walking around the pleasure beach, although this will now cost you £5 which I think is a bit cheeky. My favourite rides have got to be Valhalla and Avalanche. Valhalla is amazing, and very very wet! If you're going on it and you think you don't need one of those big plastic coat thingies, believe me you do! You get soaked, there is no avoiding it! Avalanche is awesome because I love the speed. I have never been on Pepsi Max because I was there once when it crashed and it put me off for life. Revolution makes me feel very ill so I've only been on that a few times. I love the roller coasters like the Grand National and the Big Dipper. I used to love the Log Flume but I believe it's closed down now. Looking on the website, there are some rides I haven't heard of such as Bling and Infusion.
The pleasure beach has a good choice of children's rides, in their own area named Beaver Creek. They also have a selection of cafes, bars, restaurants and gift shops. There are plenty of toilets scattered about the place and I've always found these very clean and tidy.
There is so much more to the pleasure beach they I haven't covered, it's a great day and I would highly recommend it to children and adults alike.
I love Blackpool Tower, I think it looks brilliant and it represents so many good childhood memories for me. However I do think inside is really overrated. I went in just over 2 years ago with my nephew and we were really bored, we went up to the top, that's always good fun but besides that we couldn't find much to do. Looking on the website, they have a Jurassic walk and 3D show, this would have been brilliant but either it wasn't there when we went or it wasn't open. The aquarium is okay for about 10 minutes. The ballroom is okay if people are using it, otherwise it's just a huge empty room.
Now the circus is brilliant. I haven't been for many years but I still remember how much I loved it and I can't wait to see it again.
This is an indoor water park and it's great fun. I went just over two years ago with my nephew and we stupidly left it very late to go in so only had an hour and a half but we did have a lot of fun whilst we were there. Our favourite slide was the Sidewinder, it really takes your breath away and makes your tummy go funny but it's brilliant, we went on it about 5 times!
I've stayed over in Blackpool plenty of times but most were when I was younger and I don't remember where we stayed. One place I can recommend is Fortune House down near the South Pier, a few minutes from the front. It's a very simple but clean and friendly place to stay. I've stayed twice now and both times the owners have been lovely and always make the stay very enjoyable. They are really flexible with the breakfast; they'll make you pretty much anything you want! It's very reasonably priced too, starting at £20 per person per night which includes breakfast. The first time I stayed there we had a lovely four poster bed and it didn't cost any extra.
I've also stayed in the Premier Inn on the South Shore which was really good, very clean and tidy. It is a bit of a walk from the sea front though.
Blackpool has a lot to offer, you could easily spend a few days here and not run out of things to do. Just be aware that people may claim Blackpool is "cheap and cheerful" - well let me tell you, it's not! You might be able to find a cheap b&b, cheap cafes etc but you'll end up spending a fortune and you won't have a clue where it's gone! We spent about £70 in one day and we didn't even go to the pleasure beach or in the Tower.
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Blackpool is a great british holiday destination.
Yes it does get alot of stick nowadays because many people prefer to go abroad-for probably the same price with all the cheap flights available many places in Blackpool have had to close due to the lack of customers. So yes alot of the town does look dirty and run down BUT theres still plenty to do.
There are loads of B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels to stay at for as little as £20. Most are situated in great distance of all the major attractions.
Theres lots of places to eat out at including pubs, takeaways restaurants, cafes.
It suits any age from young to old theres something here for anyone. Season runs from March/April to November and in this time theres even more on offer.
Theres the illuminations all along the promenade and there free!! Theres the pleasure beach. There are over 50 rides and attractions and again something for everyone. From beaver creek for the kiddies with the little dipper and log flume to the white knuckles the big one and bling. Theres something for the grandparents the monorail and pleasure beach express. there are many places to eat withn the park incuding cafes, burger king, fish and burger bars, shops selling snacks and the new oyster and ice cream bar-very posh!! You can even stay in there hotel-the Big Blue!!
Then theres the tower and circus open all year round. It recently undergone a 3 million pound refurb including a new much better jungle jims play area!! Theres even a circus on which is included in the entry price. Bargain! Theres a lot to do here including the ballroom, tower top ride, dinosaur ride, walk of faith, and much more. there is a new restaurant which serves refreshments and meals. Theres also a pizzeria. You cant miss the Tower when coming to Blackpool.
Theres more attractions all around Blackpool-Sandcastle Waterworld, also recently undergone a huge refurbishment now with even more water attractions.Theres the zoo now with dinosaur park, the Sealife Centre, Waxworks, Model Village, Stanley park anfd the Golden Mile which has shops, places to eat and amusement arcades.
At night theres all the clubs and pubs in and around the town centre and also shows and concerts at the Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre,
Shopping is great especially now the new Hounds Hill shopping centre has opened-lots of shops new and old and places to eat.
Theres a wide choice of accomodation bed and breakfasts, hotels, guest houses and travel inns.
Blackpool is definetly a great place to visit for any age and makes a great holiday. theres always something going on