Blackpool has been a go-to destination for holiday-makers since the 1800s and it’s
now a much loved UK resort bringing in millions of tourists each year to its attractions and sights. With fun for everyone, from little ones to teenagers and adults, it’s not hard to see why the northern seaside town has become such an iconic and treasured British retreat.
The resort has long been a popular destination for those seeking traditional holiday pleasures such as walks along the promenade, fish and chip suppers and eating ice cream on the beach. Now mingled with the age-old pastimes of its 19th century hey-day are 21st century wonders including The Blackpool Tower 4D Cinema, the sensory thrills of The Blackpool Dungeons and its ultra modern promenade.
Fromthe Blackpool Pleasure Beach and The Blackpool Tower to the famous figures in Madame Tussauds and making new fishy friends at SEA LIFE, the variety of attractions in Blackpool draw crowds in from all over – and with good reason.
SEA LIFE offers the whole family a chance to discover the wonderful creatures of the deep, and lets them get up close and personal with starfish in the Interactive Rockpool Experience. Heading further down the busy promenade, everyone will love the chance
to spot legendary faces and stand next to their favourite celebrities in Madame Tussauds.
What trip to Blackpool would be complete without a visit to The Blackpool Tower? Don’t miss out on the breathtaking views of the spectacular northern coastline from The Blackpool Tower Eye; take the family to the top on a clear day to see miles of beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. You’ll just love testing your limits on The
Skywalk’s glass floor and feel as though you’re floating on air.
Another excellent attraction not to be missed is The Blackpool Tower’s 4D Cinema. The experience engages all of the senses and offers the chance to see Blackpool from a unique and exciting perspective.
The Blackpool Tower Circus is a must-see for families visiting this holiday hotspot, and nobody can resist the fun frolics of Mooky and Mr Boo as their slapstick humour makes your sides ache with laughter. Showcasing their acrobatic skills and aerial gymnastics, you can’t visit this beach resort without a trip to the circus.
Little ones will love exploring Jungle Jim’s Indoor Adventure Playground and the lost world within it while parents can take the opportunity to relax with a coffee, waiting for their little adventurers to discover hidden treasures.
Exploring wildlife and meeting furry friends is another attraction the whole family will enjoy with a trip to Blackpool Zoo. Book ahead to make savings on admission before If rain threatens to spoil your fun then there’s no need to let boredom kick in, the
whole family can have hours of entertainment at Sandcastle Waterpark. Get your swimming costumes out and race to try one of the 18 slides and attractions at the UK’s biggest indoor waterpark, there’s plenty of fun for little kids and big kids too!
your trip to see the host of animals cared for at this zoo including tigers, giraffes, lions and even tarantulas!
Quiet, green spaces
Blackpool is full of iconic British sights and is a hive of activity, yet it is possible to seek quiet solace in this seaside town. Stanley Park offers escape from the crowds and plenty of family fun away from the promenade. A trip to Stanley Park is often a welcome break for families who might need a little bit of time away from the bustling tourist activities while making sure there is plenty to entertain kids of all ages.
A play area for two to eight year olds keeps young ones entertained for hours as they
get to grips with the interactive surfboard, rota web and the 3D spring ride-ons. Older children can explore the timber adventure playground or even bring their bikes to the BMX race track.
Keeping with the green and peaceful theme, Stanley Park Golf Course is within easy reach of the centre of Blackpool and is perfect for experienced golfers or juniors learning to tee off.
Even teenagers love Blackpool
Teenagers are notoriously difficult to keep entertained on a family holiday,
yet Blackpool still manages to engage many and keep boredom at bay. Let them explore away from the promenade and visit the shops at the Houndshill Shopping Centre where they can find all the glamorous brands they love.
A trip to The Blackpool Tower Dungeons is perfect for teens, as Lancashire’s exquisitely dark history is enough to thrill and excite all the family. Learning about the bloody history of the War of the Roses with the warring Lancastrians and Yorkists and the deadly plague that swept through the country killing many, has never been so spine-tingling!
Theme parks are all part of the fun when visiting Blackpool; so brace yourself for the thrills and spills aboard The Big One and try out the new ride for 2015, The Red Arrows themed Sky Force. Visiting Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach is a must for the Things To Do list, and even smaller ones can have fun on the rides in Nickelodeon Land including The Rugrats log flume and SpongeBob’s Splash Bash.
With so many things to see and do, the whole family is spoilt for choice in Blackpool
and it’s easy to see why millions visit the beach resort every year. Steeped in history
and British traditions, Blackpool now offers everything from fun-filled tales of the past
to sensory experiences amidst the breathtaking coastal views.
By Niamh Spence
Niamh Spence is a content writer for VisitBlackpool, offering advice and guidance on everything at the UK’s top beach resort.