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Think Blackpool and the first things to spring to mind are the Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Tower, Pleasure Beach and all the other sights and sounds of a traditional British seaside resort. Peel that away and there's so much more to discover!
Blackpool has been attracting visitors to its lively resort since 1735 when the first guest house opened here. The main attraction is Pleasure Beach, an amusement park that has rides and attractions to suit all ages. Blackpool Tower is a firm favourite with holidaymakers who can climb to the very top for amazing views stretching as far as North Wales and the Lake District. The viewing deck at the Tower includes the Walk of Faith, which isn't for the faint-hearted as you'll be able to walk on a clear glass platform and see the world beneath your feet! Blackpool Tower is also home to the ballroom, aquarium and a play area keeping everyone entertained on coach trips to Blackpool.
Take a stroll where every step could evoke a giggle or two with Blackpool's Comedy Carpet which sits beneath the iconic Blackpool Tower. The Comedy Carpet is one of the largest pieces of public art ever to be commissioned in the UK and when you see it with your own eyes, you'll understand why. It is a bit like the Hollywood Walk of Fame but instead of golden stars, you will find jokes, songs and catchphrases from some of Britain's best loved comedians and writers. It has been called the horizontal Angel of the North and is fast-becoming a must-visit spot in Blackpool.
Coach packages to Blackpool provide great value for money but the attractions on hand will keep everyone happy, old and young alike. The resort also boasts fantastic sandy beaches that are perfect for the impromptu game of family football, donkey rides, a picnic or to see who can build the biggest sandcastle with plenty of seaside shops selling buckets and spades. Trams run up and down the entire length of the promenade making it easy for families with little legs to get around.
For a slice of tranquillity, a visit to Stanley Park in Blackpool should meet all your needs with its display gardens, ornate fountains and an expanse of woodlands desperate to be explored. Pretend you're a giant with the must-see Model Village set in 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens or visit George Bancroft Park, designed by Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen and is one of the first to be constructed in over 80 years!
Whilst on your Blackpool holiday, explore the Winter Gardens, a series of pavilions built in 1878 that are now home to some of the best concerts and shows to be found in the UK. The Blackpool Tower is also great destination for old-fashioned entertainment such as the Moorish Circus or the traditional tea dance. From early September to early November Blackpool comes to neon life with its Illuminations, featuring over half a million light bulbs creating all manner of colourful displays along the Promenade.
Whatever the weather there is something to suit everyone when you pay a visit to Blackpool so what are you waiting for?
Things to do
As the 'Vegas of the North', Blackpool is a popular tourist destination. With so many great attractions and things to do and see, it's the perfect place for families and groups alike.
North Pier Theatre
Catch the best views of the Blackpool Illuminations From the North Pier Theatre. The pier, which measures almost a quarter of a mile, sits in the Irish Sea and showcases fabulous views of Blackpool seafront. With a great selection of snacks available it is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon letting the world go by.
Situated in 32 acres of parkland Blackpool Zoo is the perfect attraction for everyone to visit. The zoo houses all sorts of animals from monkeys to big cats, sea lions, giraffes and elephants. At the Children's Farm you can stroke a giant rabbit or visit the lively Kangaroos in Wallaby Corner.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Experience the magic of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. This great attraction allows you to dance the day away or simply spectate the action from the side lines whilst enjoying a traditional afternoon tea.
Blackpool Model Village and Gardens
Since opening in 1972 this award-winning attraction has been a popular tourist spot. Set in stunning landscaped gardens, the 100s of handcrafted models create a Cornish fishing village, a Scottish Castle and a Tudor village with thatched cottages.
Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Blackpool, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
To find out more about visiting Blackpool, check out their official tourism website at visitblackpool.com
The Door2Tour.com Miniguide to the Blackpool
Have you ever fancied visiting Blackpool? Here's a guide of all the things you can do whilst in Blackpool including the famous Blackpool Tower, visiting the Pleasure Beach and Piers.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that the above miniguide and its contents are in no way endorsed by Blackpool or any attractions featured.