1. Blackpool Tower
Although it is less grandiose than the Eiffel Tower, this wrought-iron structure has kept tourists flocking to Blackpool since its construction in 1894. At the top, visitors can take a ‘walk of faith’ over a glass floor that looks all 158 metres down. It’s not all about the top of the tower though, tourists can also enjoy an aquarium, ball room, circus and children’s play area all-day from £9, booking online. The entrance to Blackpool Tower is along the sea front between North and Central piers.
2. The Pleasure Beach
What was known as the world’s largest free attraction is going to start charging admission soon, so get round the rides and arcades quick. Highlights include the Pepsi Max Big One which held the title of the world’s tallest rollercoaster when it opened in 1994, the loop-the-loop Revolution ride, fire and water flume Valhalla, shows and an ice rink. A book of tickets that would provide reasonable access to rides, classified from A to C, with shows used to cost about £20. Find the Pleasure Beach a short taxi ride from the airport at South Pier.
3. The Sandcastle
This is the place to take the family for flumes, water rides and a wave pool. There are 18 attractions in total from £6 for youngsters all day. The pools are patrolled by lifeguards and there are places to eat and drink during breaks. A horn signals the start of the wave machine that is one of the biggest attractions as well as the green flumes, which take swimmers outside the Sandcastle building and back in again. The Sandcastle is located opposite the Pleasure Beach by South Pier.
4. The Golden Mile
The mile-stretch of arcades got its name because of its row upon row of slot machine, gamblers and game stations from North to Central Pier. Parrot-fronted Coral Island is probably one of the most famous gaming emporiums where people can play air hockey, basketball and bowl as well as have a go on the machines. The arcades are interspersed with attractions like Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, a Dr Who exhibition and palm or crystal ball-reading gypsies.
5. The Illuminations
Every September, Blackpool is lit up with hundreds of thousands of light bulbs and tabloids during the Illuminations. Coaches come from miles around to buy fish and chips and travel the glittering light show that stretches for 10km from Starr Gate near Blackpool Airport to Bispham in the north of the town. Celebrities are invited to make ‘the big switch on’, which takes place on September 4th this year, with the Illuminations running until November 8th. Blackpool Council recently launched an Illuminations bike ride for interested guests, which takes place at the start of the show.
Photo of rollercoaster at The Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, UK, by johnthescone