Blackpool has been a favorite for resort goers for years, and for good reason. A beautiful balance of value, traditional seaside resort vibes, and a newer tradition of eclectic activities and sport, Blackpool has a little bit of something for everyone.
A city without pretension, visitors can expect that Blackpool is ‘what it says on the tin,’ a beautiful town for a relaxing weekend getaway, a party-filled vacation of a lifetime, or a family-friendly trip that children and parents alike will treasure for years.
Blackpool is conveniently organized into three big areas, each of which offer a distinct and unique flavor of the coastal town, ensuring that all visitors and tourists can find the right fit for their vacation needs.
North Shore is known for being one of the more quiet and residential neighborhoods of Blackpool Head this way if you’re looking for a bit of a breather and a trip that takes you away from it all. Even though it’s quiet, it boasts some of the best and poshest hotels and bed and breakfasts in Blackpool, making it a place of rest and relaxation for the body and mind, as many of them offer spa packages for you to pamper yourself with. If you do get out to explore, the North Shore promenade is one of the quietest ones, ensuring that you’ll have a peaceful experience of the best this city has to offer of its coast.
Central Blackpool is a must for party goers, as this area hosts the nightlife hub of the city. Visitors staying in the center can expect a vibrant and colorful scene as soon as night hits, with many people only going home to their hotels or vacation rentals when the sun is coming up.
During the day however this neighborhood is wonderfully family friendly. Explore the Central area of Blackpool for the main attractions Blackpool has to offer. It also hosts one of Blackpool’s oldest residential areas, a must for explorers and amateur historians who are curious about the development and history of the region.
South Shore is one of the favorite neighborhoods for everyone who is visiting Blackpool, boasting the busiest section of the shore and the best areas of the Promenade, peppered with busy shopping areas, some of the best restaurants, and one of the biggest parks in the country, Stanley park. For a little bit of everything, turn your attention to this wonderful neighborhood, which, despite it’s business, is still host to incredibly affordable beachfront hotels and vacation rentals, offering even those who choose to stay in for the weekend a delicious view of the action.
Luckily, visitors to Blackpool can pool their sightseeing energy by purchasing a Blackpool Big Ticket, which gives explorers access to Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, The Tower Circus, Jungle Jims, Sea Life, The Blackpool Tower Eye and the Ballroom. However, visitors to Blackpool who are only in town for the weekend or a shorter trip can pick and choose any of these activities to experience individually.
We highly recommend a trip to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon for those who are interested in the darker sides of Blackpool’s history. The tours will leave you with a delicious shiver in your bones. Nearby, explorers can find the Tower Ballroom, for a richer and more romantic glimpse of the glamor and grandeur that still defines Blackpool’s identity as a seaside resort.
The active and outdoorsy are encouraged to take a long walk down the promenades of Blackpool, and of course to explore the piers. In particular, the Golden Mile which stretches between the North and South neighborhoods can keep visitors entertained for hours with its array of penny arcades, night clubs, ice cream bars, and more!
Blackpool may not be as well known as other cities in Europe for having good weather, but nevertheless you’ll find mild temperatures here year round. Visitors can expect to find unusually temperate conditions despite its location in the North of England. More mild than Scotland while avoiding the scorching weather of Spain or Greece, this coastal town is most inviting for those who want to play on the beach or explore the pier without fear of sunburn or overheating.
To avoid the rain, we recommend visiting in the spring between the months of March and May in order to maximise the chances of beautiful weather for your weekend city escape or beach vacation.