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Things to Do out and About in Blackpool

By Lek Boonlert Subscribe to RSS | November 28th 2011 | Views:

A popular destination among those who like sun, sand, sea and vibrant attractions, the seaside city of Blackpool is a great place to take a break. Although Blackpool has a reputation for being rather bawdy, there are plenty of cultural things to do here, such as taking in a show at the local theatre. Shopping is always a popular pastime, while there are plenty of excellent bars, restaurants and pubs to be found all over Blackpool.

Seeing the Sights

Explore on foot

Most of the major attractions in Blackpool are located within easy walking distance of each other, which is a real bonus for those who like to explore independently. Blackpool Tower is one of the most famous landmarks here, which was erected in 1891 and made as an imitation of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Measuring an impressive 518 feet high, this was once one of the tallest buildings in England, and the tower is home to a large number of attractions such as an aquarium, a circus and a ballroom.

Stroll along the pier

Must of the life in Blackpool is focuses around its three piers, and wandering along them is an excellent way to see all that the city has to offer. The popular Blackpool Legends show can be found above the entrance to the Central Pier, and this show is comprised of a large number of tribute acts. Built back in 1864, the North Pier was the first to arrive in Blackpool, while the Central and Southern Piers were built a few years later as the original structure proved to be so successful with both visitors and locals alike.

Adventure Activities

Ride the rollercoasters

Blackpool boasts some of the best rollercoasters in the whole of England, and people travel here from all over the world to ride the rollercoasters. By far the highest concentration of rollercoasters can be found at the Pleasure Beach, which is home to the famous the 200 metre tall Pepsi Max Big One. The Irn Bru Revolution and even the Big Dipper are also sure to satisfy visitors, while those who are looking for slightly tamed entertainment will also find merry-go-rounds and bumper cars.

Wining and Dining


While many visitors to Blackpool associate the city with offering nothing more than fish and chips, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth as there is an excellent range of restaurants to choose from here. Most of the leading Blackpool hotels also come complete with their own dining rooms, which serve food from all over the globe and are an excellent options for those who don’t feel like straying too far for one reason or another.


Blackpool offers visitors a wide range of nightlife options, from dining to drinking in the local bars and pubs. There are also a large number of theatres to choose from here, where live drama, music and comedy performances are held on a regular basis throughout the year. Those who enjoy strutting their stuff on the dance floor will want to check out Blackpool’s nightclubs.

Other Options

Shop until you drop

Blackpool is an excellent place to shop, as there are numerous shopping venues to choose from in the city. Local markets offer a wide range of products such as fruit and vegetables, while those who want to browse for bargains can head on over to Whyndyke Farm, which hosts one of the largest car boot sales in the whole of the North West every Sunday. Known as the Golden Mile, the strip of shops located along the promenade are great places to pick up souvenirs and gifts.

Lek Boonlert - About Author:
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Blackpool Hotels content.

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