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Blackpool Attractions

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Blackpool Pier Tower and Ocean Promenade

Emerge from your Blackpool hotel and hop on the seafront tram to take in this city’s up-for-it attitude, where fun comes first and it’s always holiday time.

Historic Blackpool

There are guided tours of Blackpool’s neoclassical Grand Theatre whose huge interior reflects the boom in theatre-going in the late 19th century. Wander the floors of the Eiffel-inspired Blackpool Tower, from the glittering chandeliers of the Tower Ballroom, home of BBC’s Come Dancing for years, to the glass floor at the tower top’s Walk of Faith. Acrophobics beware.

Art and museums in Blackpool

At Grundy Art Gallery modern art lifts the soul and contemporary jewellery is on sale in the shop. Ripley’s Believe It or Not presents a floating tap and a two-headed calf as you stroll through the genuinely weird collection of curios. Long-term Coronation Street fans can cosy up to Ena Sharples outside the Rover’s Return at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks.

Quirky things to do in Blackpool

Plonk the kids on a beach donkey – it’s simple, cheap and they love it – or feel the candy-floss and tummy ache thrills of the white-knuckle rides on the Pleasure Beach. Stroll down Blackpool’s elegant piers for arcade games and family entertainment before you head back to your Blackpool hotel.

Events in Blackpool

Blackpool’s annual Dance Festival in May sees competitors shaking their sequins and false eyelashes at the Winter Gardens. Don’t miss the Illuminations, from September to November.

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Attractions in Blackpool:

1896 Horse Drawn Bus. Courtesy The British Commercial Vehicle Museum.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Opening times:
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm; open Bank Holiday Mondays Feb - Oct 2013; Weekdays only (annual)

Wigan Athletic FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Goodison Park, home of Everton FC
Everton FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring. © Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC 2012/13

Opening times:
25 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Manchester United FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

What's on in Blackpool:

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. Courtesy of Lancashire & Blackpool Tourist Board
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Dates Open:
29/03/2015 to 07/11/2015
12/02/2016 to 02/04/2016
12/02/2015 to 03/04/2015

Manchester Irish Festival, Manchester. Courtesy of
Manchester Irish Festival

Dates Open:
02/03/2015 to 18/03/2015

¡Viva! Spanish Film Festival

Dates Open:
02/03/2015 to 18/03/2015

Wordsworth's Rydal Mount. Courtesy of the Cumbria Tourist Board
Rydal Mount

Dates Open:
01/11/2015 to 31/12/2015
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
01/02/2016 to 29/02/2016
01/03/2015 to 31/10/2015

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