Our guide to holidays in Blackpool
Busy, bright and with an emphasis on having a great time, Blackpool holidays have been a favourite with families for as long as we’ve loved all the fun of the seaside. With hundreds of attractions designed to entertain no matter what the weather decides to do, Blackpool’s a resort quite unlike any other, and once you fall in love with it we reckon you’ll be back.
The Blackpool Illuminations brighten the coast for mile after mile between September and November, but to be honest, whenever you time your stay you’ll experience a colourful, friendly destination with so much to see and do you’ll just have to choose your favourites. Blackpool Beach is one of the country’s best-loved sandy beaches, and with a Blue Flag fluttering proudly above it, it’s got everything you need to enjoy the coast with the kids.
And, for the foodies, it’s not all about candyfloss and fish and chips, you’ll find a smattering of Michelin restaurants just waiting to impress your palate, and we’re here to point you in the right direction for your perfect Blackpool holiday.
Things to do in Blackpool
Because there’s so much to choose from when it comes to things to do in Blackpool, we may as well start with our favourite – riding the Blackpool trams. We’d recommend that you buy one of the day rover tickets, hop aboard and take in the views as you glide your way along the promenade. The line dates all the way back to 1885, so it feels even more special knowing that visitors have enjoyed the journey along the same stretch for decades.
If there’s one thing that springs to mind when it comes to Blackpool traditions, it’s afternoon tea and a turn on the dancefloor at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Beautiful and elegant, the ballroom has a place in the hearts of dancers from all over the country, and you can still experience an afternoon tea and some time on the famous dancefloor during your Blackpool holiday.
Speaking of Blackpool tower, the Blackpool Tower Eye is an inspiring experience for all ages. You’ll be treated to the spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling glass observation windows, as well as an overview of Blackpool’s history. Can you imagine how it feels to look down and see Blackpool Beach far below you…? Now’s your chance!
Places to visit in Blackpool
Ok, so the holiday’s booked and now you’re ready to make that list of places to visit in Blackpool. Well, the Blackpool Tower’s one of those iconic British landmarks, so it’s only right that you pay it a visit. The tower dates back to 1894, so it’s welcomed more than its share of visitors eager to admire the coastal views over the years, and now it’s your turn. There are lifts to take you to the top, and on a clear day you’ll be able to see all the way to North Wales and the Lake District.
What’s a family break without at least one day out at the zoo? Blackpool Zoo’s one of the best days out in the region, and it’s one of those that’s a great attraction all year round. Sea Life Blackpool’s another favourite, so if you have younger members of the clan who love to get up close to wildlife and sea life then a Blackpool break’s the perfect opportunity.
Beach holidays in Blackpool
Home to the Golden Mile, Blackpool’s one of the country’s finest spots for a day on the sand. Blackpool’s the only beach resort in Britain to have three piers, so there’s plenty of opportunity to wander up and down a traditional pier in your flip flops and just enjoy the views.
If you were happy just to forgo the town’s attractions and succumb to the sand during your holiday, you’d still never get bored. There’s space for the whole family to have a great time without being towel to towel with your fellow beachgoers, and the Blue Flag means there’s peace of mind for mums and dads that the beach is safe.
For those times when you’re keen to unpack the beach bag and let the kids get to work on those sandcastles, Blackpool’s sandy beach has it all. You’ll find the promenade lined with places to eat and those all-important ice cream stands, and the sand itself has plenty of space to play those games that feel all the more fun for playing them on the beach.
Restaurants in Blackpool
We love the Bib Gourmand addition to the Michelin accolades. Used to recognise restaurants that go the extra mile in the quality department and offer great value for money, we’re happy to point you in the direction of Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar, a Bib Gourmand holder in Thornton. With a modern British menu, this restaurant has a bright, stylish feel to it and it serves bold dishes that have won it a whole host of national awards. So, if you’re hoping to find somewhere that satisfies your inner foodie and that’s ok for the whole family, this one’s worth the 20 minute drive.
If you head 20 minutes inland, you’ll find The Cartford Inn, in Little Eccleston. The colourful menu showcases the foodie culture that’s made Lancashire so popular with diners, and it uses the very best of the region’s fresh, local produce. Expect carefully created dishes made using seasonal produce, and you’ll find British dishes with a hint of a French influence.