Fleetwood is a small town located on the West coast of Lancashire. This little town has been popular with tourists for many years and often gets many visitors from people who are staying just up the road in Blackpool. Although Fleetwood only has a population of around twenty five thousand, often it can get quite busy in the summer months when people flock to the seaside town.
When it comes to accommodation in Fleetwood there are a few good choices. There are a good selection of hotels located on the seafront and also some further back in the town. Probably the most well known hotel is the Savoy, this offers excellent rooms and a high standard of service. If you are looking for something a little cheaper there are some nice little bed and breakfasts offering more basic rooms. There are also some very nice caravan sites and then there is the well known Haven holiday park which is a great place to stay if you have children.
Fleetwood has quite a few nice attractions that can be interesting to look around. Fleetwood has an nice little pier that stretches out over the sea, there is an arcade on here and sometimes there is entertainment on. Otherwise you can just have a nice walk out over the sea. There is also an interesting museum in the town, you can find all about the maritime history of the area and see just how the people of the town used to make a living on the sea.
One thing that I have always enjoyed when visiting Fleetwood is the market. There are a few hundred stalls here that offer everything you could possibly imagine. The market runs for five days a week from May to October, it is shut on a Wednesday and a Sunday. This is a great place to have a look round and pick up some bargains, you can also usually buy local produce from the market.
The beach at Fleetwood is also worth a mention. It's not really the kind of beach you would want to go and sit on but it can be an interesting place to go for a wander. Just be aware of the tides as the sea can come in very fast in this area. Dotted along the seafront there are some nice cafes and pubs. For me though the best choice when it comes to food has to be the fish and chip shops. There is nothing better than getting a bag of chips and walking along the seafront.
Fleetwood is also a nice place to use as a base for exploring the area. Blackpool is only a few miles down the coast and can be a great place to visit for a day. The Lake District is only half an hours drive from Fleetwood and this is a stunning area of natural beauty and well worth a visit. There are plenty of other nice little spots up and down the coast from here that are nice places to go and see.
Overall I would have to say that Fleetwood really is a lovely little town that has plenty to offer anyone who decides to visit. There is so much to do in the surrounding area that it really does deserve it's reputation as an excellent little resort. If you have never been to Fleetwood it really is well worth a visit.
Fleetwood is probably most famous for being the northern terminus of the Blackpool tram system. A trip from the centre of Blackpool to Fleetwood takes about 45 minutes on the tram and is a popular outing for visitors to the area. As you travel to the terminus the tram route takes you through the centre of the town and you can see all of the shopping centre. At the southern end of the town there is the Freeport Shopping Outlet. At the tram terminus there are a few shops, a lifeboat station and a tourist information centre. It is also next to the beach and the entrance to the harbour. If you walk around the headland the beach continues along the coast and there is the Fleetwood pier. I am afraid this pier is a very poor attraction, with most of the pier closed to public access and just a very scruffy amusement arcade at the front of the pier. I suppose there is no way that Fleetwood can compete against Blackpool as a seaside resort and so there has probably been very little investment in the pier. The fishing industry in the town is nowhere as big as it used to be, but the harbour is still busy and it is interesting to watch the boats coming in and out of the harbour. The way in and out of the harbour is not a direct route and you imagine the skill that is required by the captains of the larger boats as they manoeuvre out to sea. Fleetwood town centre is an interesting place with a large number of small independent shops. There are many bargains to be found here and the mix of shops reflects the fact that as well as a seaside resort Fleetwood is also a working town. There is also a very good market. There are plenty of places to have a meal or a snack at Fleetwood and the prices are all very reasonable. Normally when we are in Blackpool we will take a tram ride to Fleetwood and have a good stroll around the town centre. It is a nice, friendly town and allows you to escape the bright lights and amusement arcades of
Blackpool for a few hours.