Explore: Blackpool

Date Posted: 01/08/2013

Here are some of Blackpool's must-see sights plus new developments and attractions, revealing why this eternally popular seaside resort is so great for groups.

Essential sights

The Blackpool Tower Eye: Billed as Blackpool’s best view, take the lift to the SkyWalk and enjoy fantastic views of the Comedy Carpet, the entire Fylde Coast and across the Irish sea. You can also test your nerve and stand over the clear glass floor.

The new-look Promenade: Multi-million pound investment into Blackpool’s famous Promenade means this seven-mile strip is always bustling with visitors. Stroll along the prom; take the Spanish-style steps down to the beach; or spot favourite comedy catchphrases on the Comedy Carpet.

Blackpool Illuminations: Each year Blackpool’s skies shine bright with the lights of the Illuminations. Usually shinning for nine weeks, this year they will stay on for an additional week until 10th November.

What's New?

The new Blackpool Resort Pass offers an exclusive one-stop ticket to up to nine of the resort’s top attractions - including Nickelodeon Land, SEA LIFE Blackpool, Madame Tussauds, and Blackpool Tower Dungeon - enabling groups to enjoy Blackpool’s best with huge discounts. Passes are valid for seven days, with the option to add saver tickets for Blackpool Transport’s bus and tram services.

Thrill-O-Matic, the world's first Wallace & Gromit ride is the newest attraction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this year. Guests travel through scenes from A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, A Matter of Loaf and Death and The Curse of the Were Rabbit in a ride boasting four minute of pure fun.

The international tour of hit musical Mamma Mia! will be playing a summer season at Blackpool Opera House from 20th June to 31st August 2014, with tickets on sale now. A story of family and friendship set on a Greek island paradise and featuring a host of ABBA classics, Blackpool will be the only UK date outside of London to host the production next year.

Take a Tour

Blackpool Winter Gardens is a Grade II-listed property steeped in history. It first opened its doors in 1878 and boasts 12 different venues including a theatre and ballroom. Groups can step back in time as a slice of Blackpool’s heritage is revealed on a Blue Badge guided tour of the building.

You can also get out in the great outdoors and enjoy a guided tour of Stanley Park, which covers an area of 206-acres just outside Blackpool town centre. Officially opened in 1926, it is designed with all main paths leading from the circular Italian garden at the centre.

A Blackpool Tower Heritage Tour will take you behind-the-scenes to reveal hidden secrets and forgotten tales of this iconic Grade I-listed building. From the magnificence of the Ballroom to the splendour of the circus, take the opportunity to embark on this historical journey.

Best for Groups

VisitBlackpool offers an exclusive range of special interest packages for visiting groups, including Illuminations Tours. Knowledgeable guides will accompany coach tours on a six-mile journey through the lights, providing an insight into the history of the Illuminations, some quirky behind-the-scenes facts, and revealing any new features.

One of the resort’s leading attractions, Sandcastle Waterpark offers a number of benefits for parties of 10 or more, including discounted rates and money-saving meal deals. The waterpark features more than 18 slides and attractions such as fun pools, a lazy river, water chutes and a wave machine, and promises a great day out, particularly for children and family groups.

Blackpool is renowned for its lively mix of attractions, however there’s also plenty of opportunity for groups to enjoy a more sedate day out, exploring the serene setting of Stanley Park or the magnificent Salisbury Woodland.

Where to Stay

For a hotel with great leisure facilities, try the DeVere Village Urban Resort at Herons Reach, a four-star option featuring a spa, pools, gym and 18-hole golf course.

The Best Western Carlton Hotel enjoys a fantastic seafront location, with the quiet setting of the Northern Promenade, yet just minutes away from the centre of Blackpool and its attractions.

Sleepwell Carousel Hotel is located at the south of the resort within walking distance of some of its best known attractions, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark and the great artwork which makes up The Great Promenade Show.

For further group travel information visit www.visitblackpool.com.


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