Quick Guide to Blackpool
Once touted as having "one million hotel beds", Blackpool's popularity has dropped somewhat since its heyday, but that just means you can get Blackpool holidays for less. It's still one of the UK's most popular seaside destinations though, thanks to its seven-mile beach, plentiful attractions, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach and of course, the famous Blackpool Tower.
Located in north-west England, this seaside town has recently become known for its lively nightlife, and plans are afoot to turn it into a Las Vegas-style casino haven! 2014 and 2015 holidays to Blackpool won't benefit from this though, so you'll have to satisfy yourself with the arcades, the amusements and the pleasure gardens. There is also one of the UK's best water parks.
If you're on a holiday in Blackpool at the height of the summer then you should certainly keep your eye out for the vintage trams that ply the usual tram routes at this time of year. Most of the trams are modern these days, but if you're lucky you'll get to take a trip on this piece of the past.
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UK beach breaks, Nightlife, Rollercoaster riders
Blackpool International Airport or Manchester.
Did you know?
Blackpool's famous illuminations use over one million light bulbs, six miles of cable and draw over three million visitors each year.
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If you're having a holiday break in Blackpool, you won't be short of exciting things to do, whether you're lazing on the beach or going on a thrilling rollercoaster ride.
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- There are rides galore at Pleasure Beach, including the UK's tallest rollercoaster, aptly named: The Big One.
- Blackpool Tower
- One of the most iconic symbols in the north-west of England, it was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Today you can watch a circus show, go to the dungeon or ascend to the Tower Eye.
- Many people flock from all areas of the UK to shake a leg in Blackpool. Club Sanuk is a popular choice for party goers.
- The seven-mile stretch of beach is still one of the main reasons people come to Blackpool. If the weather is good, then laze the day away and take a dip in the sea.
- Coral Island
- Coral Island is just so typically Blackpool. There's a casino here, plus many amusements and arcades to keep you thoroughly entertained.
Saving Money in Blackpool
If you want to save major pounds on accommodation, then you may want to consider taking a tent with you and setting up in one of the campsites that sits on the outskirts of the resort. You will still find yourself close to beaches, as Blackpool has a staggering seven miles of sand, and getting into the centre can be done with buses, trams or driving your car.
If you are travelling from the far north or south of the UK, then it could be worth flying to Manchester, Liverpool, or one of the other nearby airports and making your way to Blackpool from there. Booking your flight well in advance can be significantly cheaper than travelling by rail or road.
Where to Stay in Blackpool
The largest number of hotels in Blackpool can be found along the seafront, where you will find a promenade, making it easy to enjoy a stroll, perhaps with ice-cream in hand! These tend to be the most expensive offerings though, so if you're after a cheap hotel in Blackpool then be sure to look a little inland. Here you will also find plenty of self catering options, meaning that you can do things like buy the locally-caught seafood and make a slap-up meal at home.
If you want to be close to the nightlife then it's a good idea to look at accommodation in the South Shore area, but for a family-friendly holiday in Blackpool that's based around days at the beach it's better to stick to slightly north of the centre.