Top 10 Things to Do in Blackpool, England

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England's coasts are dotted with many charming and historic seaside towns, but Blackpool is perhaps the country's most famous seaside resort town. Located on the Lancashire coast, Blackpool has been a popular destination for over a century, with many of its attractions dating back to the 19th century. It's known for its amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach and its iconic tower, and the town thrives on summer and fall visitors who flock to its long beach and lively piers.

Blackpool is an easy journey from Liverpool and Manchester, making it an ideal inclusion on an itinerary of northwest England, but it's also easily accessible from London or Edinburgh. It's best visited during the warmer parts of the year, although expect crowds in the summer and during the May and August bank holiday weekends. Whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend on the beach or an exciting itinerary of activities, Blackpool has something for everyone, especially families. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Blackpool.

Visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Blackpool's famed amusement park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, is located on the city's South Shore and has been around since 1896. The expansive park includes Nickelodeon Land and tons of rides, games, and attractions for visitors of all ages. It's a great spot for kids and families, and guests are encouraged to book tickets in advance online. The park is seasonal, so be sure to check the opening dates before your trip.

Ascend Blackpool Tower


Blackpool Tower, which first opened in 1894, was once the tallest human-made structure in Britain. It doesn't quite hold that status these days, but it's still fun to head up to the Blackpool Tower Eye, which has amazing views of the whole North West (and includes a cocktail bar). Blackpool Tower is also home to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Dino Mini Golf, and a circus, so there's plenty to do for an entire day. There's an elevator up to the top, too, so don't worry about having to climb dozens of stairs.

Tour Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is home to more than 1,350 animals, making it a great day out in Blackpool for families. It's a vast zoo, with lots of different areas to explore, including Gorilla Mountain and the Penguin Pool. Visitors can bring their own picnics along, so consider packing lunch before your visit. The zoo also features several play areas, a mini train, and a gift shop, just in case you want to take a furry friend home.

Attend a Blackpool F.C. Football Match

Enjoy a football (a.k.a. soccer) match while in Blackpool. The city's team, Blackpool F.C., plays in Bloomfield Road, a stadium that can be found not too far from the sea. Tickets can be purchased online, although it's best to buy them as far in advance as possible. If you can't get into an actual game, head to the Washington or Raikes Hall to watch the match in a pub with a crowd of locals.

See a Show at the Grand Theatre

Experience a play or concert at the impressive Grand Theatre, a historic Grade II listed building in Blackpool. The theater features a rotating calendar of events, from live music to musicals and plays to variety shows to comedy. There are also family-friendly events regularly on offer. Book tickets in advance if possible, although some shows will have availability on the day. There's no official dress code, but the theater asks guests to make a bit of an effort, so be sure to pack something nice for your evening out.

Stroll Around Stanley Park

Blackpool's Stanley Park is a great place for a walk or a picnic during nicer weather, and the public park also its own boating lake. Located adjacent to the zoo, Stanley Park is a peaceful respite in the city, with lush Italian gardens and a bandstand for outdoor music. Look for the Art Deco Café, which has both indoor and outdoor dining options and several playgrounds for kids of all ages. The park is a good addition to any Blackpool itinerary, even in cooler weather. There's a reason it's been voted England's best park several times.

Swim at Blackpool Beach


You can't visit one of England's seaside towns without going to the beach. Blackpool features 7 miles of sand, giving visitors lots of options for some waterside fun. Blackpool Beach includes three piers and a promenade, and areas to lay in the sun and go swimming. The beach is open year-round, although it's most exciting to visit during the warmer months, and it's free to visit. Look for the ice cream shops along the piers, and the Sandcastle Waterpark is a nearby favorite for families. There are lifeguards on patrol during specific hours, but visitors should still use caution when venturing into the water.

Attend Blackpool Illuminations

The annual Blackpool Illuminations festival takes place each fall and is a must-do for visitors. The festival has been in place since 1879 and acts as the official switch-on for the yearly lights, which are made up of over one million bulbs. There's usually a celebrity on hand to help with the initial illumination. Visitors can explore the town at night to check out all the different light installations, including Blackpool Tower. The town's heritage trams are also covered in bright, colorful lights, which parade along the city's promenade. The famed lights stay on for 66 days each year.

Take a Heritage Tram Tour

The historic Blackpool tramway is a great way to see the seaside resort town, offering three different area tours. Opt for the Promenade Tour or the Coastal Tour for the best views of the sea and Victorian buildings, and there's even a Ghost Tram Tour for those who want to learn more about the city's spooky history. Visitors can take their tour in one of the open-air boat trams (pick this option, if it's available), and the hour-long tours are extremely reasonably priced. Tickets can be booked online in advance, which is recommended if you're traveling during the summer or on a holiday weekend.

Visit Blackpool Model Village

Blackpool Model Village

Experience life in miniature at Blackpool Model Village, a quirky attraction that features hundreds of tiny village scenes and models. The sights include a mini Cornish fishing village, a small Scottish castle, and a little Tudor village, so you can travel the U.K. without leaving Blackpool. The Model Village is open throughout the year, although it's best enjoyed on a dry day. Guests can't book tickets in advance, so just show up and explore. Be sure to stop by Anita's Ice Cream Parlour before you leave and consider purchasing your own models at the gift shop before leaving. The village has parking and allows dogs, so it's an easy excursion for groups and families.

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Visiting Blackpool for the First Time: Travel Tips & Info

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Posted on Last updated: August 31, 2023

Visiting Blackpool for the First Time: Travel Tips & Info

Planning to visit Blackpool, UK , and wondering what to expect? In this guide, we share top tips and insider advice for your trip. Find out!

One of the most popular tourist destinations for families in the UK, Blackpool has lots of exciting attractions and fun activities to offer . But as it often goes with such popular places, your vacation can be a hit or a miss, and so much depends on advance preparation and having a good idea of what to expect.

If you are visiting Blackpool for the first time , this guide should help you make the most of your vacation, weekend getaway, or a day trip to this popular seaside resort in the UK. You can learn about free activities to enjoy, the best ways to get around town, where to stay, when to visit, and lots more. We also include a few local words and phrases, so you won’t be totally confused when you hear them!

Good to know: This article with top travel tips for visiting Blackpool is written by our writer Christine, who lives in Blackpool and knows the city and the area very well. So in addition to all the useful info, you’ll also find some insider tips and her personal recommendations.

Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of every minute of your trip to this fun and friendly coastal town!

Blackpool Central Pier at sunrise

When to visit Blackpool

If you are looking for the typical seaside holiday – making sandcastles on the beach and paddling in the sea – then July and August are the best months to visit Blackpool! The temperatures are at their highest, there are lots of opportunities for sunbathing and it remains light late into the evenings.

That being said, these are also the busiest months in Blackpool by far. Children in the UK are on their summer holidays from mid-July through to early September and Blackpool’s popularity means that its beaches and attractions are packed at this time of year.

If you don’t mind the weather being slightly cooler – but still very pleasant – you might prefer to visit Blackpool in June . Whilst still busy with daytrippers at weekends, the weekdays tend to be much quieter throughout June. All the attractions are open, so you have a much better chance to enjoy them at your leisure.

September is another great month to visit Blackpool. The temperatures may have cooled off slightly, but at the start of the month, the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations are lit. They usually continue to shine for 66 days, although this is sometimes extended. In addition to enjoying the display – known locally as ‘The Lights’ – you can also enjoy the World Fireworks Championships, usually held along the Promenade every Friday evening throughout the month of September.

But Blackpool has plenty to offer during the colder seasons too: long romantic walks along the coast, storm-watching, indoor attractions and museums, and also shows and entertainment.

Blackpool on a stormy day in winter

Where to stay in Blackpool

If you want to be in the heart of the action, then there is only one place to stay in Blackpool – and that is on the Promenade itself! You’ll find everything from luxury hotels to bed and breakfast inns extending the entire length of the main Promenade and beyond.

Pretty much all of the hotels and guest houses along the Promenade are within comfortable walking distance of the majority of Blackpool’s main attractions. Plus they all have rooms offering sea views! Here are some of the most popular Blackpool hotels along the Promenade:

  • Hampton By Hilton Blackpool (South Promenade)
  • Imperial Hotel Blackpool (North Promenade)
  • Royal Seabank Hotel (Central Promenade – right between the two of the most popular areas)

Should the focus of your visit be the Pleasure Beach amusement park , there are two very popular hotels here: the Big Blue Hotel and the Boulevard Hotel . They also offer packages including tickets for entry to Pleasure Beach amusement park.

If you would prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the main Promenade at the end of the day, there are many hotels and inns in the many side streets leading off the Promenade , plus a few slightly further inland. These hotels tend to be much cheaper than those on the promenade and usually offer great value for your money. Check out The Carlton close to the Blackpool Tower (North) or The Marsden Hotel close to Pleasure Beach (South).

A popular choice outside of town is the Village Hotel , set in 236 acres of the countryside but still only a 10-minute drive from the main Promenade. This hotel is located almost immediately adjacent to Blackpool Zoo and just across the road from the award-winning Stanley Park.

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If you prefer a self-catering option, there are lots of self-catering apartments in the center and a few caravan parks / holiday parks in and around Blackpool.

The largest caravan park is the Haven site at Marton Mere. Not only does this give you easy access to the area’s Nature Reserve, but it is only 20 minutes by car to the centre of town and the Promenade. Alternatively, you can take the ‘Beach Bus 26’ that runs regularly from the caravan park and offers an express service to all the attractions.

Blackpool Tower and beach

Plan & book everything well in advance

If you plan to visit Blackpool at the peak of the season (July/August or during The Illuminations), you will need to book your accommodation well in advance , as everything gets booked up very quickly.

There is so much to see and do in Blackpool that it can be overwhelming, so it is also a good idea to plan what you want to see and do ahead of time . You can easily spend a week or more in the town and still not have done everything! So I recommend checking out our guide to the best things to do in Blackpool before your trip and deciding on the things you want to see the most, based on the time you have available.

Blackpool frequently plays host to major festivals and events, including everything from the Lightpool Show (that coincides with The Illuminations) to the Rebellion Punk Festival in summer. This is when punks from all over the world gather to celebrate their style, music, and Mohawks! So be sure to check the events calendar ahead to see if there’s anything you’d enjoy taking part in during your stay.

TIP: Once you have decided on the attractions you want to visit, I highly recommend booking your tickets for the most popular places in advance. Almost all of Blackpool’s attractions are bookable online and the ticket prices are generally lower than if you pay at the gate. There is often a separate entrance for those who have pre-booked, so this will cut down on queuing time too.

PRO TIP:  If you are planning to visit several of Blackpool’s top sights, the PICK ‘N’ MIX Pass offers amazing value. It allows you to choose your own combination of the top 8 attractions (The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Tower Circus, The Tower Ballroom, The Tower Dungeon, SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, Peter Rabbit, and The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse). You can opt for a pass for 1, 2, or 7 days.

Some of the town’s most popular restaurants will be very busy at peak times, so you might also want to reserve your table for dinner in advance too.

!!! Don’t pack your days with activities and be sure to allow yourself some time just to relax ! Whilst Blackpool’s bustling energy is exhilarating, so too are some of the more tranquil moments. And sitting on the Promenade watching the sun go down on the horizon will make a special memory of your visit here.

View from Blackpool Tower Eye

Getting around in Blackpool

The great thing about Blackpool is that most of the main attractions are so close together that you can explore everything on foot. Only a few attractions – Blackpool Zoo, Stanley Park, Blackpool Model Village, and Marton Mere Nature Reserve – are out of town. But even those places are all easily accessible by public transport and only around 20 minutes away by taxi.

Whilst hiring a car is an option if you want to explore further, parking in Blackpool is relatively expensive. It is also hard to find a spot! Although there are more than 5,000 spaces, parking in the vicinity of the Promenade at the peak of the season is challenging.

Almost all of the major car parks are owned by Blackpool Council and use a Pay by Phone system, which enables you to download an app and make your payment from there. I recommend using that system if possible, as you can extend the length of your parking session remotely.

If you buy a ticket at the machines in the car park (which accept cash or debit/credit cards), you have to predict how long you need. This may result in rushing back to the car when you might have preferred to stay in town for longer!

The easiest way to get around Blackpool is via bus or tram , both of which are clean, modern, and efficient. You can buy tickets on the bus/tram, or download the Blackpool Transport app and buy them from there. The app also allows you to track vehicles in real time and lets you know about any service updates. Alternatively, you can buy tickets from local shops displaying the PayPoint sign.

You can use contactless payment cards on Blackpool’s buses (just place it under the scanner when you board). Stops are announced so it is easy to find the one you need and there is route information available on the app. At the time of writing, contactless payments are not accepted on Blackpool’s trams, but this is set to change soon. Cash is accepted on both buses and trams, but try to have the correct change ready if possible.

Note that Blackpool’s Heritage Trams are not included in any regular bus or tram tickets, but can be booked separately online .

Taxis in Blackpool are well-regulated, reasonably priced, and safe to use. Just call any of the local taxi companies to book your ride – you will be sent a text to let you know the taxi is on its way and the vehicle’s registration number. You will usually be sent another when it has arrived. There is no Uber in Blackpool.

Blackpool’s main train station – Blackpool North – is an end-of-the-line station, well connected to the National Rail Network. Blackpool is quite easy to reach by train from most bigger cities in the UK; it’s just 1.25 hours to Manchester or Liverpool and only 3 hours to London !

So if you are just planning to stay in town and don’t really need a car, it’s best to come by train!

Trams on Blackpool Promenade

Dress for the weather

If you are visiting Blackpool in the summer, then hopefully you will be welcomed with warm days and plenty of sunshine. Temperatures can soar in July and August, so make sure you have lots of sun protection and stay well hydrated at all times.

However, the British weather is notoriously unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared with waterproof clothing in case of rain and a couple of extra layers of warm clothes in case temperatures drop.

Remember that the main Promenade runs right along the coastline and that sea breezes can sometimes be cool, particularly in the evenings. A lightweight waterproof is also ideal for taking with you to the Pleasure Beach – on some of the rides you can get very wet indeed!

As you will likely be spending most of your time enjoying the attractions along the main stretch of the seafront, make sure you wear comfortable shoes for all that walking!

Enjoy Blackpool’s beaches

If you prefer your walk on the beach to be quiet and tranquil, walk north from North Pier towards Bispham.

Central Beach – between North and Central piers – is much busier, with a lively, family atmosphere. This is also where you will find the popular Blackpool donkeys providing rides for children.

For the very best photos, head south past Central pier . The beach is wide and you can get the big wheel and the Tower in one shot, capturing the iconic Blackpool skyline. Keep going south and you will come across numerous rock pools, which are great for kids to explore.

TIP: It is very important to check tide times when visiting Blackpool. In part, this is because the beach is entirely underwater at high tide – very disappointing if you’re not expecting it! But you also need to be aware of whether the tide is going in or out, as sandbars make it possible to become cut off from the main beach by rapidly incoming waters. Beach patrol officers are on duty daily and it is important to heed their advice and obey any signage.

Blackpool Beach at high tide

Money matters

Credit, debit, and other contactless payments are accepted almost everywhere, although be sure to set aside some cash for buying ice creams on the Promenade or playing the funfair-style games on the pier. Contactless limits have recently been raised, but you will sometimes need to use Chip and Pin (a card with a chip and a 4-digit PIN number). So be sure to have these available.

Don’t be surprised to be given Scottish banknotes in your change. There are lots of Scottish visitors in Blackpool, so you will see a lot of banknotes issued by Scottish banks. Just like English banknotes, these represent pounds sterling and are accepted everywhere.

TIP: If you use an ATM during your stay, choose to be charged in local currency (GBP). If you choose to be charged in your home currency instead, the bank or ATM provider will set the exchange rate. This will make your fees higher.

Money-saving tips & free attractions

There are plenty of ways to keep the family entertained in Blackpool for free, or at a very low cost. The biggest free attraction is, of course, the magnificent coastline – an unbroken 7 miles of clean, flat sand, where you can easily while away the hours making sandcastles and enjoying the sunshine.

The piers are free to enter and there are lots of places to sit along their length and simply admire the view! Other free attractions include The Illuminations (more about it further below), Stanley Park , Grundy Art Gallery , and Marton Mere Nature Reserve .

You can save money on bus and tram travel by buying a 24-hour or 7-day ‘saver’ ticket , which is much cheaper than buying tickets separately. Saver tickets are available for adults, young people, children, and groups (including family groups).

They can be bought via the app, onboard buses/trams, or at shops displaying the PayPoint logo. They are valid for unlimited travel on all of Blackpool’s buses and trams, so they are good value for money. Also, if you buy paper tickets onboard the buses and trams, check to see if there are any discounts for local attractions printed on the back of these tickets .

Many of Blackpool’s major sights – including all the attractions inside the Blackpool Tower , but also SEA Life and Madame Tussauds – offer deals where you can get reductions if you book another Blackpool attraction at the same time (see the PICK ‘N’ MIX Pass for all the options).

Depending on which options you choose, the PICK ‘N’ MIX Pass can save you over 50%!

TIP: If you travel into Blackpool by train, you may be entitled to a ‘2 for 1’ ticket to many attractions. Visit the National Rail website to find out more. And if you are in a group, be sure to check the website for the venue or attraction you are planning to visit for group discounts .

Donkeys on Blackpool beach

Make the most of your visit to the Pleasure Beach

Located on the South Promenade and boasting the tallest and steepest rollercoaster in the UK, the Pleasure Beach amusement park is one of Blackpool’s most popular attractions.

All entry tickets are ‘e-tickets’, which means they will be on your phone. Make sure that your phone is fully charged for your visit, and if possible bring along a portable charger too.

Because Pleasure Beach is so busy, consider buying a Speedy Pass, which will queue virtually for you and save you standing in line. It won’t get you on the ride any quicker, but it means that you can go on other rides whilst waiting for your turn. If you really want to splash out, you can get a VIP Speedy Pass that reduces your waiting time by 90%, enabling you to go on more of the most popular rides during your visit.

If you don’t have a Speedy Pass, a good tip is to wait until towards the end of the day to go on the very best rides, as the queues will have died down somewhat by then. The closing time for each ride is clearly posted at its entrance, so make sure you don’t leave it too late! One exception is the Icon – the theme park’s newest ride. Although the queues for the Icon look very long, they go down quickly, especially when all 3 trains are running.

TIP: Avoid visiting the Pleasure Beach when it is windy, as – due to its extreme height – the Big One (the steepest rollercoaster) will be closed.

There are lots of places to eat inside the grounds of Pleasure Beach and you can buy an ‘All you can Eat’ ticket ahead of time, which covers all your food and drink for the day. However, this is quite an expensive ticket and it doesn’t include every eating establishment (most notably, Burger King isn’t included!). You can bring in a picnic if you prefer and there are lockers available to store it while you ride.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - The Big One roller coaster

Enjoy the greatest light show on earth, Blackpool Illuminations

If you come to Blackpool to see The Illuminations , be prepared for the Promenade to be VERY busy at night. If you plan to drive through them, try to visit on a weeknight. At the weekends, the traffic virtually comes to a standstill! A good tip is to drive through them from north to south, which always tends to be the quieter direction.

Alternatively, take the tram along the entire route, or join the Illuminated Tram tour, boarding one of three illuminated trams that run in a loop, originating from a stop opposite the Pleasure Beach. When you ride on an illuminated tram you almost become part of the illuminations yourself, so get ready to wave back at everyone you pass along the route!

But perhaps the nicest way to see the Lights is to walk along the Promenade and soak up the lively atmosphere, maybe enjoying a box of fish and chips along the way! If you can’t walk far, the best parts to visit on foot are the tableaux at the northern end of the display.

Good to know: The Illuminations usually take place from September to January ( see here for more info ) and are free to visit. But there are donation points along the route and you can even donate online . Another fun way to contribute is to become part of the Illuminations yourself! For £50 the image of you or a loved one can be brought to life in lights and included in the Headlights displays at the cliffs section of the northern Promenade.

Blackpool Illuminations

Where to eat in Blackpool

Below, are some of our favorite restaurants in Blackpool. If you are in town for a longer vacation, be sure to try them all!

Blackpool is the home of fish and chips and the world-famous Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chip Shop is located right on the Promenade. If you happen to miss it, there are plenty of other spots to enjoy this traditional British meal right throughout the town.

Be sure to check out Hive – an artisanal cafe that serves the very best coffee in town, plus mouthwatering breakfasts and lunches made with fresh local produce. It is located in the main shopping area, just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront.

For the best views, visit the White Tower Restaurant , which is housed in a gorgeous art deco building beside the Pleasure Beach. Enjoy the finest cuisine as you look out to sea. In autumn, it is one of the very best places from which to view The Illuminations!

There are plenty of international options too. The family-owned Hauze restaurant offers the very best European Cuisine and is truly a hidden gem, located just off the Promenade at North Shore.

For an authentic tapas lunch, head to Mi Casa Su Casa , located just off the Promenade at Bispham. The food is divine, the service impeccable and there is a covered outdoor area for dining al fresco and watching the world go by.

Ice cream is available everywhere in this seaside town, but for the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted, head to Notarriani , just off the Promenade at South Shore. This 4th generation family-run business makes its own Italian vanilla ice cream following a secret family recipe.

TIP: If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try some Blackpool rock ! This iconic confectionery – still made by hand – is a cylindrical tube of solid, boiled sugar, usually flavored with spearmint or peppermint. What makes rock unique is that the name of the town runs right through it. Bags of cinder toffee – which are chunks of sinfully sweet honeycomb – are another type of confectionery very popular with the locals!

Blackpool Rock candy

Visit some surrounding areas

Whilst Blackpool has good rail links to all of the UK’s major cities – and is just an hour away from the beautiful Lake District – there are many lovely places to visit just outside town.

Head south from the main Promenade to visit St. Anne’s , a lovely little town with a huge beach. At the northern end lie the sand dunes, a protected area with some beautiful views from the top and a great place to take a walk with the kids.

Head north from the Promenade and continue past Bispham into Cleveleys , a small, quiet town with a stunning Promenade. Just past Cleveleys is the Victorian resort of Fleetwood , where you will find lots of evidence of its history as a fishing town. Today it has an Art Deco Theatre, a beautiful beach, and a harbour yacht marina set beside a discount shopping village.

Blackpool is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and there are lots of pretty local villages to explore, along with the River Wyre which runs inland from Fleetwood.

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Mary's Shell in Cleveleys UK


Blackpool is very accessible, with all major attractions, venues, and the Promenade providing wheelchair access , and some attractions offering wheelchairs to hire.

All the new trams are accessible by wheelchair and the low floor buses are designed for easy access. Only one of the Heritage Trams – the Western Train – has a wheelchair lift, along with space for one wheelchair – the rest have steps. Nevertheless, the conductors are helpful and will do their best to assist everyone in getting aboard.

For more information about accessibility in Blackpool, check AccessAble .

Discover the local dialect

There are a few words and phrases used in Blackpool that you might not have heard in the UK. So here’s a quick rundown of some of the most common phrases to save you from confusion!

  • Ey up cocker: Hello.
  • Ta-rah: Goodbye.
  • D’ya want owt? : Do you want anything?
  • Nowt: Nothing.
  • Chuffed: Very happy.
  • Brew: Cup of tea.
  • Chippy tea: Dinner from the fish and chip shop.
  • Teacake: A bun with dried fruit.
  • Barm cake: A bread roll.
  • Lad/lass: Boy/girl.

Blackpool Comedy Carpet

  • Depending on where you are travelling from, you may need a UK travel adapter for electrical appliances. Type G plugs are used in England, which are different from those used throughout much of the rest of Europe.
  • Tipping in the UK is not as common elsewhere in the world, although it is still very much appreciated. If you are in a larger group, you may see this automatically added to your bill as an optional ‘service charge’. Should you wish to leave a tip, 10% of the bill is considered standard, rising to 15% for very good service.
  • Do not litter! On-the-spot fines are issued to anyone caught littering, which includes discarding cigarette ends onto the ground.
  • If you have any questions or problems during your stay, visit the Tourist Information Centre . It is located at Festival House on the Main Promenade, just 2 minutes from the Blackpool Tower.

So, these are our tips and info for visiting Blackpool. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of what to expect and helps you make the most of your Blackpool vacation. Have a great time!

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More tips for your trip to the UK:

  • Where to go:  Best Cities to Visit in the United Kingdom
  • London:  Top London Sights and Attractions  &  London Tips
  • For families: London with Kids
  • Off the beaten path in London:  Hidden Gems of London  &  Best Views in London
  • Popular excursions:  Best Day Trips from London
  • Greenwich:  Things to Do in Greenwich  &  Painted Hall  &  Queen’s House and Tulip Stairs
  • Liverpool:   Best Things to Do in Liverpool  &  Liverpool from London & The Beatles Locations in Liverpool
  • Manchester:   Best Things to Do in Manchester  &  1-Day Manchester Itinerary
  • Yorkshire:  Yorkshire Day Trips
  • Cornwall:  Best Things to Do in Cornwall  &  Where to Stay in Cornwall
  • Scotland:   Isle of Skye Itinerary  &  Scotland Whisky Tour
  • Edinburgh:  Best Things to Do in Edinburgh  &  One Day in Edinburgh & Edinburgh Travel Tips
  • Glasgow:  One Day in Glasgow

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Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Great overview of the city and what it offers. Greetings from the U.S.

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

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‘Blackpool’s Back’ was an AS-Level project that looked at city branding and what makes branding successful. One of thing that I learned was that logos should be versatile and, therefore, I designed one in black and white and one in colour. The tower takes up a large amount of the logos because it is an iconic part of Blackpool. The design is contemporary and bright to attract young families to holiday in England. Additionally, the sky blue and golden yellow were chosen to represent the beach and the seaside, which is what Blackpool is traditionally known for.

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Why visit Blackpool? And what is there for a family to do in this Lancashire seaside town? Well for starters,  Blackpool is a holiday resort that knows what it is, and generally delivers what it promises on budget. It’s a ‘marmite’ kind of place that splits opinion down the middle; some love it and others hate it. But whichever camp you fall into you’ll find something to amuse your family. What to do in Blackpool? Read on…

Why do people visit Blackpool? Let me explain..

Why do people visit Blackpool? Let me explain..

What is Blackpool?

Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire that was a national treasure until the foreign package holiday took off, half a century ago. These days Blackpool is still many things that people love about the seaside. It’s a bucket and spade. It’s fish and chips on a tray. It’s a slow waltz to a Wurlitzer. It’s bingo in your B&B. It’s a glitter ball on a neon prom. And it is beautiful, horizon grabbing bay. There was £100m in investment a while back and a report by The Guardian says it’s weathered the recession. It is not without its social problems. If you want a luxury, sun filled holiday you might want to book something else. But if you and the family are up for some old fashioned, seaside fun, then it’s definitely worth a visit.

Why go to Blackpool?

Why go to Blackpool? For a start it’s great value for money. Accommodation is cheap and plentiful. You can still play the penny machines for the price it says on the tin. You can say many things about Blackpool, and many people do. It may not be to your taste. It may not have the sun. Subtlety is not its thing. It is overrun by stags and hens. But it lets you put your hand in your pocket without wincing. And there’s a lot for a family to do.

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What to do in Blackpool

So if you’ve got a head for heights, can stomach a rollercoaster, fancy fish and chips or just want a traditional British seaside experience, here are ten top ideas for what to do in Blackpool, each a great reason to visit.

1 The Blackpool Big Ticket

The Blackpool Big Ticket is a seven attraction pass that gives you entry to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon,  Madame Tussauds , The Tower Circus, Jungle Jims, Sea Life, The Blackpool Tower Eye and the Ballroom. While the ticket price may seem a lot to fork out in one go (£89.45  adult, £71 child on the day but only £46 per adult, £33.50 child, £8.95 toddler if you book online), especially if you are a larger family, there are so many things to do on this tour of Blackpool’s Merlin attractions that it will last you a week if you take your time. It’s also valid for ninety days; so you can always come back if you run out of time or energy. Visit Blackpool also offers other seasonal resort passes giving entry to multiple attractions at a discount. If you pop into the Tourist Information on the prom staff can advise on passes and what to do Blackpool.

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Blackpool North Pier… a walk on the pier costs you nothing

2 Blackpool Tower Dungeon

This is as much fun as I’ve ever had in a dark space with my kids in tow and a torturer just round the corner. And it’s one of the best attractions I’ve visited in a while. From the moment you enter the lift and are carried down to the maze of gloomy passageways, human actors entertain you with blood and guts, pestilence and plague and a large helping of humour. The Blackpool Dungeon is also an education into the past of Lancashire; a county that hosted its fair share of darkness, from the hanging of the Pendle Witches, to Viking attacks and Black Death.

3 Blackpool Tower Ballroom

I love Blackpool Tower . I love everything about it, from how it looks at night all lit up, to the view from the top. I love the fact that once upon a time its visionary mayor went to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris and thought it would be appropriate to stick a copy of it on the prom in a British northern town. And partly funded it with his own money! If you do one thing when you visit Blackpool, you should visit the ballroom. It takes you straight back into another time, and I’m convinced it slows down the heartbeat. The sound of the organ, the old couples dancing, the afternoon teas, the nostalgic tunes and the well preserved grandeur of the space (famous for providing the venue for Strictly Come Dancing specials) all add to the atmosphere. If I come back to this planet I want to be the organist in Blackpool Tower.

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What to do in Blackpool? Visit Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom. Dance, watch, listen or just have a cuppa.

4 The Tower Circus

My nieces have been entertained by Mooky the clown at The Tower Circus every year since they were born. I was therefore expecting Mooky the clown to be far funnier than he was. If I’m honest, I found this circus a bit rough around the edges. The acrobats fell off the trapezes (thankfully onto a safety net.) There was one trick that they tried three times to pull off and had to abandon. And the finale was two pole dancers standing awkwardly while the crew pointlessly flooded the stage. (Did someone pull the plug out in the aquarium?) But wow, what a space this is. The tiny stalls, the traditional ring, the red drapes, the live band, the excitement of the kids creates such an electric and intimate setting that you can easily forgive a few bad jokes and a slip up or two. They used to keep the elephants backstage and I keep trying to imagine that entry and exit! The Blackpool Tower Circus is not something you’ll see anywhere else and whiles away an afternoon very pleasantly when you visit Blackpool. But get there early as the stalls soon fill up.

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Blackpool Tower Circus… kids love the show and Mooky the clown.

5 The Blackpool Tower Eye

I’ve done the Skywalk a couple of times, and it always makes me deliciously dizzy. While the Blackpool Tower Eye doesn’t have the iconic views of London, it still has that head-spinning sense of being on top of the world. You can see for miles. The kids enjoyed the 4D film, although it’s little more than an (admittedly inspiring) promo for the city.

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5 more reasons to pay a visit to Blackpool

5 more reasons to pay a visit to Blackpool

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Blackpool is on my list of places to go. I just recently learned about how popular this place is. I,ve heard it called the Vegas of the UK..

Yes, I’ve heard it called that too. Having been to both I’m not sure it’s a fair comparison but Blackpool certainly has a spirit of its own.

I’ve been to Blackpool a few times, despite the bad reputation that’s somehow being created I LOVE it. I agree with Stuart, definitely has a spirit of it’s own 🙂

Why not also try the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Visitor Centre at Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport. We are open from 10am until 16:00 on Sundays and Tuesdays from Mid April until the end of September.

I have never been to Blackpool before. But it sounds Blackpool is an exciting destination. Will try later. Especially interested in the trams!!

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The Best Historical Attractions in Blackpool

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What first comes to mind when you think of Blackpool? For many people in the UK, Blackpool has at one time or another been a family holiday destination. It’s perhaps best known for its amusement arcades, theme park, and theatre performances, but there are a lot of incredible historical attractions in Blackpool that you can visit as well. Some are blatantly obvious, such as the Blackpool Tower , but others could be considered hidden gems in Blackpool too.

Despite its modern appearance, Blackpool’s history dates back to the medieval period, with the first recorded house in the area being built in the 1600’s. In the 18th century, Blackpool became popular with the wealthy upper class as the perfect seaside area to visit during the summer months. By the late 19th century, Blackpool’s population grew rapidly, and some of its more iconic buildings that you see today began to be constructed.

You can still see much of Blackpool’s heritage on display today, even though modern attractions have been built. If you’re looking for a very unique thing to do in Blackpool, hop on one of the heritage trams and take in the views of the seaside resort on one side and the beaches on the other. And if you happen to be in town later in the year, you’ll be treated to the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations , which are a fantastic thing to see in Blackpool in the evening. Here are my top picks for the best historical attractions in Blackpool to visit:

Entrance to a pier decorated with lights on the side of the road.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Blackpool has to be the North Pier . There are a total of three piers in Blackpool to visit, but the North Pier is the city’s oldest. It was opened in 1863, and still retains much of its original Victorian charm. At the entrance to the pier is where you’ll find some arcade machines and games, but if you pass through this area and walk along the pier, you’ll come across a traditional double decker Venetian carousel, as well as The Sunset Lounge. The North Pier is one of my favourite places to go in Blackpool so make sure you stop by!

Blackpool Town Hall

Large orange brick building with a central tower on a main road.

Just across the road from the North Pier is where you’ll find the Blackpool Town Hall . This building was completed in 1900, and is often overlooked by tourists as it’s not one of the main attractions in Blackpool. The inside of the town hall features marble walls, mosaic floors, and a statue of Queen Victoria which was finished in 1904. The town hall is worth taking a quick photo of before you head further into the centre.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Long Catholic church with a spire tower located on a main road.

When you think of Blackpool, you probably don’t think of historical churches. But you may be surprised to learn that there are quite a few churches in Blackpool dotted around that are worth visiting if you’re interested in the history of the city. Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a Grade II listed building and was built in 1857, making it the first Roman Catholic church in Blackpool. This is one hidden gem in Blackpool you should take a look at!

Abingdon Street Market

Outside entrance to a market in black and white Tudor style wood.

Abingdon Street Market is a beautiful example of one of the many historical attractions in Blackpool that a lot of tourists don’t acknowledge. The building was originally constructed in 1862 and was used as the town’s police station. From 1928 onward the building has been going strong as a market, where you can find pretty much everything you need. If you’re looking for free things to do in Blackpool, it might be worth exploring.

St John's Blackpool

Tall church tower built in orange bricks in the middle of a city square.

Around the corner from Abingdon Street Market is where you’ll find St John’s Blackpool . This Anglican church was completed in 1878, and was built on the site of another church which proved to be too small for its congregation. It sits right in the heart of Blackpool, opposite the famous Winter Gardens, so it’s quite easy to locate and add into your Blackpool itinerary. If you get there early in the morning, you’ll be able to snap a photo without the crowds!

Winter Gardens

Blackpool Winter Gardens entrance with a curved roof and white tiled walls.

Did you know that Blackpool is home to one of Europe’s largest entertainment complexes? The Winter Gardens opened its doors in 1878 and is still a very popular venue for theatre performances as well as dance competitions, which are hosted in the ballroom. It’s located only a short walk from the seafront, and is surrounded by popular restaurants in Blackpool too. If you have time, I would highly recommend seeing a performance at the Winter Gardens - it’s one of the best things to do in Blackpool!

Grand Theatre

Entrance to a historical threatre with a domed room in iron.

A very short walk from the Winter Gardens is another popular theatre in Blackpool - the Grand Theatre . It’s Blackpool’s premier venue for shows, and is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture. It was opened in 1894, and during both of the world wars it remained open to visitors. The theatre may or may not be haunted by a Victorian ghost as well, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re sitting in the Upper Circle! The Grand Theatre is a stunning historical attraction in Blackpool to visit, even if you can’t fit a show into your schedule.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower view from below on a slightly cloudy day.

Of course, the most iconic attraction in Blackpool is the Blackpool Tower . It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, bringing in thousands of visitors each year to this seaside town. Following a trip to Paris, the mayor of Blackpool was so impressed with the Eiffel Tower that he wanted to build something similar in the seaside resort. It opened its doors in 1894 and now consists of five main attractions: a circus, a ballroom, the Tower Dungeon , an events space, and the Blackpool Tower Eye , which offers incredible panoramic views. No trip is complete without visiting this historical attraction in Blackpool.

The Comedy Carpet

View of a tiled carpet in front of Blackpool Tower along the waterfront with names of comedians on it.

Sitting just in front of Blackpool Tower is the Comedy Carpet . Over the years, Blackpool has played host to an enormous number of comedians at its various venues, and this piece of public art pays tribute to them. It’s similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but celebrates jokes and catchphrases more than anything else. Visiting the Comedy Carpet is one of the best free things to do in Blackpool!

Central Pier

An old pier lined with arcade games and rides with a large Ferris Wheel in the centre.

As you make your way along the seafront, you’ll inevitably find yourself in front of the Central Pier . It’s home to Blackpool’s “Big Wheel” as well as the Fun Fair, and is probably the most picturesque of the three piers. It was originally built in 1868 following the success of the North Pier, but its focus was on fun rather than relaxation. Even if you’re not into rides and arcade games, it’s definitely worth strolling through and checking out one of the top historical attractions in Blackpool - entry is free too!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A rocket ship ride with a large rollercoaster in the background.

You can’t mention Blackpool without the Pleasure Beach popping up. Although it's a theme park with modern rides in it, there are still a number of original rides located throughout the park that are running today. The amusement park was founded in 1896, and the oldest ride in use today dates back to 1904 - the Flying Machines . This was one of the first rides we went on when we visited the park, and it was actually quite relaxing!

If you like traditional amusement park rides you should also check out the Derby Racer , the Alice Ride (a personal favourite), and the Ghost Train . I would recommend getting tickets to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the off-season if you can. We visited in September and didn’t have to wait in line for any of the rides! The Pleasure Beach is the perfect historical attraction in Blackpool to visit with friends or family.

A promenade next to a beach with Blackpool Tower in the distance.

Hopefully you have nice weather when you visit Blackpool, because a walk along the promenade is a great outdoor activity in Blackpool. It stretches for 1.6 miles and along the route you’ll be able to see Blackpool’s famous seafront, which as you head more out of the centre and away from the modern day attractions hasn’t changed much since the Victorian period. If you don’t fancy walking, you can also hop on one of the trams for a small fee which runs up to Fleetwood.

Today, Blackpool proudly stands as one of the UK’s leading seaside resorts, and with plenty of things to do near Blackpool, such as taking a day trip to Burnley or the Forest of Bowland , it makes for the perfect base to explore this part of Lancashire from. If you’re not too into arcade games and other modern attractions, there are more than enough historical attractions in Blackpool to visit, whether you’re planning a day trip to Blackpool or will be staying for a few days. A visit to Blackpool certainly won’t leave you disappointed!

Have you been to this famous seaside resort before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on Blackpool in the comments section below! If you happen to be visiting Manchester or Liverpool and have a day to spare, Blackpool is one of the best options for a day trip! Don’t forget to follow my travels through my Instagram account as well - and keep in touch!

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Probably the biggest lure to Blackpool (historically at least) is the seaside. Miles and miles of sandy beaches stretch along the Fylde Coast from Lytham all the way to Fleetwood and on a sunny day, close your eyes and you could be anywhere in the world.

Whilst the access to shops, toilets and other amenities around central Blackpool is appealing, this is also the area every man and his dog want to camp (…well, dogs aren’t allowed on central beach in summer but you get my drift).

We’d suggest putting in a little prep – picnic maybe, toilet break on the way… and settle yourself down further north up the coast or around the Starr Gate area so you can get a bit of space, peace and tranquility. Listening to the sea just isn’t as relaxing when you have semi feral kids running past screaming or a chip wrapper blows into your face (please use the bin or take your rubbish home) pursued by a hungry seagull or two.

Beach day is covered in one of our early BLOGs, ‘ the best things in Blackpool are free’ have a read as to how we’d ‘do’ a Beach day.

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We did a little poll on social media for people to vote on what their favourite thing about Blackpool and was surprised when ‘piers’ beat the Pleasure Beach and even the pride of Blackpool… the Tower!!! …but given the choice of 3 piers, each offering something different from the others, perhaps with hindsight, its not that surprising!

North Pier is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the promenade. Staying true to its origins, the pier isn’t as ‘busy’ as the others and is ideal to sit and watch the world go by with plenty of seating available away from the attractions.

The Carousel on the pier is probably our favourite bit, a lovely old fashioned ride to watch (and apparently unusual as it goes anti clockwise unlike most other… not sure how true that is). Add to this the fabulous refurbished BLOOM bar (used to be known as the Carousel bar) and the Gardens outdoor seating area (ex-Sunset Lounge) with live music often on, plus of course The Joe Longthorne theatre, you could easily spend a chilled out day on this pier alone!

Central Pier has a bit of a different vibe than North but only a ten minute (slow) walk away. Home to the iconic big wheel – a must when in town to get fab views of the promenade, Central Pier hosts numerous rides and arcades and is of course, home to the ever popular Kings and Queens show.

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Central Pier also hosts Pirates Bay family bar, which is a great place to head with the kids to give you break from entertaining them. The bar has various acts on and children’s entertainment and the decor is all pirate themed for your little sea dogs to enjoy!!

South Pier has a similar feel about it to Central Pier with a number of rides for the kids (and adults to enjoy). Bumper cars are particularly popular and for those of you a bit more adrenalin driven, there is ‘adrenaline zone’ with some pretty scary attractions chucking you way up into the air or out across the sea. Anyone tried?

3. Illuminations.

Reasons to visit blackpool - illuminations

They’re not called ‘the greatest light show on earth’ for no reason you know! Stretching for miles along the promenade from Starr Gate (near where you come off the motorway) all the way past the Tower and onto Bispham, the lights are incredibly popular and draw visitors from all over the country (if not world) every year (you’ll think ‘world’ if you’ve ever been stuck in a queue of traffic waiting to join!!).

Highlight of the Illuminations has to be the tableau at the Bispham end of the promenade – these are big lights displays you are intended to walk through (takes about 20 minutes depending how long you watch for) and the Lightpool display on the side of the tower is also for us, another highlight – a display projected on the side of the tower you need to stand an watch to get the full effect.

We did a blog on how we best do the illuminations ourselves…. without sitting in traffic for hours, have a read here .

4. The Blackpool Tower

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World iconic and the pride of the town, the Blackpool Tower is a truly great landmark that sets Blackpool apart from other seaside towns.

Being more than just a landmark, the venue itself houses the world famous ballroom, cited as being the ‘home’ of ballroom dancing, the fabulous Tower Dungeons, the Tower Eye and not forgetting, the fabulous Tower Circus….and of course….. the views from the top are spectacular.

Tower Ballroom

There are naturally also bars and plenty of places to eat inside, entry to the tower itself is free so a must do on any visit.

On the outside, recent renovations to the lighting provides an impressive display on the tower itself, often changing colours to raise awareness of various charities or in remembrance or even just a special occasion and the council has done some brilliant work restoring the building brick work to its former glory after years of neglect.

…but above all that, how many people has it entertained on their trip to Blackpool playing ’50p for the first that spots the tower’?

5. The Winter Gardens.

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Come on…. who hasn’t got memories of seeing an act in the Winder Gardens? Acting as host to numerous concerts, plays, shows and events throughout the year, the Winter Gardens is often the reason people visit Blackpool in its own right.

The complex, currently being extended to include a conference centre, has a rich history of celebrity running through it’s veins, who is the most famous person you’ve seen perform? We’d go Bob Dylan! (he was terrible incidentally!!).

Playing host yearly to the world match play darts, dance festivals, rebellion rock festival to the more serene pigeon fanciers show (which gets more people than you’d believe!!), the venues flexibility to accommodate is it’s great strength and draws all walks of life to Blackpool.

When no major shows or events are taking place, a wander through the building is a great place to stop and have a coffee or even a full meal in the restaurant, or maybe have a couple of drinks in the Old Vic bar (renamed 2021 but basically the same venue as its always been) and watch the singers on every afternoon or the fabulous Pineapple Jack at a weekend.

5. Stanley Park.

Reasons to visit Blackpool - Stanley Park

The locals of Blackpool are proud beyond words of Stanley Park…. and rightly so….. it’s won numerous awards over the years and is a lovely park to visit!

It’s located outside the centre of the town, we’d say probably half hour walk to be safe but it does have regular bus routes to it and would be pretty cheap to get to in a cab ………with the added bonus that it’s beside other favourite Blackpool attractions, the Zoo and Model Village!

Grade II listed Stanley Park consists of everything you’d expect to find in a decent park, a lovely lake to wander round, beautiful gardens, a great art deco cafe, miniature golf and of course sporting facilities including bike tracks, skating ramps and even a 400 metre running track. Full of history and wonderful sights and sounds, if you’ve come to Blackpool and want to unwind, it’s a great choice!

You can read more about the Park here at the ‘friends of’ page or why not watch our Youtube tour below?

So, for what its worth these are our top 5 reasons to visit Blackpool, always contentious as opinions vary but what’s your top 5 reasons to visit?

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Introducing our latest Access Card Provider: Hazlitt Theatre Access Cards accepted as proof of access requirements when completing the Access Membership Scheme. "The Hazlitt Theatre is one of the...

Access Card Holder joins Access Card Team!

Access Card Holder joins Access Card Team!

We are very excited to welcome a new member to our extraordinary Access Card Team. Gavin will be helping to complete lots of different tasks in the office, including social media post drafts, templates...

Access Card 'Names & Fames' Birmingham Pride

Access Card 'Names & Fames' Birmingham Pride

Introducing our latest 'Named & Famed' Provider: Birmingham Pride This event is 'Named & Famed'. Visit our FAQs page to find out more. "Birmingham Pride held its first event back in 1997....

World Haemophilia Day 2022

World Haemophilia Day 2022

Hemophilia A affects around "8,740 people in the UK" - The Haemophilia Society World Haemophilia Day is a day in which people come together to raise more awareness about Haemophilia. This year's...

A golden star for Aqua Sana Spa

A golden star for Aqua Sana Spa

Introducing our latest 'Named & Famed' Provider: Aqua Sana Elveden Forest This venue is 'Named & Famed'. Visit our FAQs page to find out more. "Aqua Sana Elveden Forest in nestled in the heart...

Access Card Holder praises iconic attraction

Access Card Holder praises iconic attraction

Please welcome the Access Card's latest 'Named & Famed' Provider: Lincoln Castle This venue is 'Named & Famed'. Visit our FAQs page to find out more. "Lincoln Castle is a major Norman castle...

Planning to use your Access Card over the Easter bank holiday weekend?

Planning to use your Access Card over the Easter bank holiday weekend?

We have over fourteen hundred exciting places listed in our directory, including Alton Towers Resort, Cadbury World, Harry Potter Studio Tour & Disneyland Paris. A full list of Access Card Providers...

Access Card 'Names & Fames' The Forum

Access Card 'Names & Fames' The Forum

The Forum will join a large number of other 'Named & Famed' Providers This venue is 'Named & Famed'. Visit our FAQs page to find out more. "The Forum was built as an art deco cinema in Bath,...


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