Things To Do : Attractions

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Blackpool’s skyline has been dominated for more than a century by a Victorian signpost for all its many attractions.

Everyone knows it better as The Blackpool Tower, the brainchild of several swashbuckling entrepreneurs who recognised that the booming resort needed something new to underline its appeal to tourists.

Nowadays that same initiative continues to rub off on all those tasked with ensuring Blackpool maintains its pre-eminence as the UK’s leading resort. It’s led to the council investing in the modernisation of the Tower and the Winter Gardens, restoring them both to the splendour of their original design, as giant indoor playgrounds.

Nowadays they both host everything from TV’s Strictly Come Dancing to the biggest international show stars and have become year-round attractions, pulling in thousands of theatregoers to Blackpool.

The same has been achieved at the resort’s Grand Theatre, considered a national gem of a venue and now polished up again to provide a wealth of attractions.

But Blackpool town centre’s entertainment ‘offer’ is not confined to these illustrious landmarks. Nowadays it extends to everything you might expect in a much bigger metropolis.

The appeal of Blackpool’s many pubs and bars is legendary, and extends from everything to the quiet and cosy to the cutting edge. The nightclub scene remains one of the most vibrant and diverse in the country.

But there’s a wealth of family-oriented fun to be had in among the resort’s piers, bowling alley, cinemas and amusements.

To paraphrase Dr Johnson: “If you’re tired of Blackpool, you’re tired of Life!”

At some point above you need to mention the Merlin operates the tower and the Blackpool Entertainment Company operates the WG although the important one to work in is Merlin.

Blackpool Tower

Welcome to The Blackpool Tower, one of the UK's most iconic attractions - discover the Eye, the Dungeon, the Circus, the Ballroom, Jungle Jim's and more.

Blackpool Grand Theatre

Whether you want drama, dance, laughs, thrills or family friendly entertainment, we have the perfect show for you.

Blackpool Heritage

“Blackpool was home to the first electric tramway in mainland Britain back in 1885 and the operational fleet is comprised of many different tram cars that have been seen on the Blackpool tramway since the turn of the 20th century.

Madame Tussauds

Get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities from the world of music, sport, TV and comedy at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.

Illuminasia

If you're searching for things to do in Blackpool that are fun and inspirational for kids and adults alike, then look no further than this wonderful display of indoor illuminations.

Blackpool Cycle Circuit Track-bike Hire

The bikes are available from the Solaris Centre on New South Promenade for as little as £5 for a half day, with the cost including helmets and a route map.

Sealife

Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 2,000 spectacular aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, octopus, rays and sea horses; SEA LIFE Blackpool is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet! Enter the graveyard of the great Prehistoric Beasts of the Ocean in Jurassic Seas […]

Winter Gardens

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens first opened to the public on 11 July 1878, with a lavish ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of London and Mayors and Mayoresses from 68 towns throughout the country. The Winter Gardens has entertained hordes of crowds in Blackpool in its collection of theatres, ballrooms, exhibition halls and public spaces. Since […]