Blackpool is Britain's most visited holiday destination. It has miles of sandy beach at low tide, three piers, a promenade lined with shops and amusement arcades and the famous landmark, Blackpool Tower. The well-known Blackpool Pleasure Beach has many rides, shows and attractions for all ages and is a great summer entertainment venue for variety shows. In the autumn, the "Golden Mile" seafront is lit up with millions of lights in the illuminations display. Blackpool has a reputation as a fun city 24/7 and is known as the "Gay Capital of the North".
Blackpool is well known for its illuminations in the autumn, when for nine weeks the promenade is lined with flashing lights and lasers. Cars can drive the 7-mile length at a snail's pace but it is more fun to park and stroll along after dark enjoying the atmosphere and decorations close up.Fun Rides
The famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach has more than 125 rides, shows and attractions for all ages including the "Pepsi Max Big One" roller coaster. There is also a giant Ferris wheel on the central pier offering great views of the town and beach.Shopping
Blackpool has an excellent town centre with many major chain stores, smaller shops and a huge market. You can certainly shop-till-you-drop here with the wide choice of shopping.
This must-see attraction is Blackpool's iconis tower. Built in 1894 it was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and is 158m (over 518 feet) high. Inside are a host of attractions including a family circus, a magnificent Tower Ballroom which has hosted many TV dance shows, an elevator to the top for stunning views and Jungle Jim's Towering Adventureland experience.Waterworld
Formerly known as the Sandcastle Water Park, this great attraction has a huge indoor swimming pool with a host of slides and chutes as well as a wave machine. It also has many thrilling rides including the world's longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide.
Blackpool Zoo offers a great family day out with its 1500 animals, birds and insects from all over the world.
Blackpool has mild winters influenced by its coastal location and the warm Gulf Stream effect. It rarely has any snow or gets below freezing. The summers are cool and temperate, reaching an average of 68°F ( 20°C) in August. The area has considerable cloud and rainfall which is heaviest in the autumn.
Blackpool has its own small airport (BLK) just 3 miles (5km) from the centre of the town. The nearest major international airport to your holiday rental in Blackpool is the Liverpool John Lennon (LPL) Airport which is 34 miles (54 km) away. Manchester (MAN) Airport is also conveniently close to Blackpool, just 45 miles (72km) drive.
Blackpool is also easily accessed by train or by road, from the north or south via the M6 and along the M55.