Blackpool Tower is one of the city's major attractions and landmarks. It was inaugurated in 1894 and its construction was inspired by France's Eiffel Tower. After visiting Paris, the mayor at the time decided to build a similar one in Blackpool, so he raised funds and hired the architects James Maxwell and Charles Tuke to build it. It was remodelled in 1992 and was re-named the World Tower for its second inauguration by Diana of Whales. The tower now includes several attractions, not to mention its height and views. At its base, there's a theatre, an exhibition and a dark 4D room, which is why the entrance fee is so steep. It's better to buy a family ticket if you bring the kids, or if you're going to visit all the attractions of Blackpool, it's best to buy a pass. Undoubtedly, this tower is the true symbol of the city, located several miles away and announcing the approach to the British town of Blackpool.
This modern building was one of the initiatives of the city council to promote tourism and activities for visitors. The location on the promenade is easily accessible and it is the ideal place to plan our stay in order to find accommodation if we arrive suddenly and even in order to obtain information about surrounding towns, like the city of Lancaster. In addition, there we can buy discounted tickets for the tower, aquarium or the museums. If we decide to enter all the attractions they offer an all inclusive card, that winds up being a little cheaper. Ultimately, it is the ideal spot for any kind of information about the city.
All of Blackpool that overlooks the coast, under the boardwalk you'll find the beach. The only thing is that the tides are so strong in this part of the English coast that when it's high tide the beach is literally swallowed by the sea, and when we pass a sauntering wave surprises us (and wets us) with their clash. What does this mean? The first thing to do in order to enjoy the beach is wait for the tide, but secondly, and more importantly, remember that they are very dangerous and powerful waters, however people usually swim without any problems. Lastly you have to remember that the tides could leave us stranded, so you'll find posters everywhere warning of these dangers. However, the beach is as pretty as as it is extensive, which allows long relaxing walks, in addition to going under (between the pillars) of the piers, where we may be surprised by couples indulging in their passions. The beach certainly does foster love!
Like in all cities, we always find for one reason or another higher profile or glamorous streets, which make the people living there particularly proud to reside on a street with such a great reputation. I didn't see the particular charm or difference of this street, however a local told my oblivious self that at the beginning of XX century, this is where people with money bought vacation homes. But over time this fame evaporated. The funny thing is that those who live in the area still have this old glow in the mind and are so happy about its ephemeral glory. At the entrance to the street there was a sort of light, such as those used on our streets Christmas fairs, to indicate to visitors the benefits of entering the named street. At least, an interesting initiative .... However I stand my ground and after walking through this street, I still say it's not much different from the others in the city.
Cedar Square is in the center of the city of Blackpool, where they made the most important business transactions during the Medieval era. There is where we can find what was and continues to be one of the most important churches of the town, the church of St. John the Evangelist. With time and with the exploitation of coastal resources this square was displaced which made local authorities include it in their renovation plans with sculpture and contemporary buildings creating an interesting contrast to the church, which is almost isolated. Today this square is the social hub of the city, close to the theater and all the best restaurants.
The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Blackpool in the historic city center is one of the oldest churches of the city. It's a great representation of the English west coast. The church that we appreciate today was completed in 1878 (construction began in 1821), however historical records reveal that a church was always standing at this exact site. Supposedly it survived the Reformation begun by Henry VIII and was transformed/ converted into an Anglican church, which is still currently in full operation. It's in an area where it's the only old building still standing, making it stand out so much to travelers. A place, which at least in Blackpool, is notable for being anything but usual.
The centre of Blackpool has been extensively remodeled recently, with the idea of revitalizing the city and changing its image. One of the best examples of the remodeling can be seen on Birnley Street, which was previously almost in ruins. Now metal arches light up the night in different colors, and loud music is played. It's almost like being in a night club. A very peculiar and original initiative.
This area is lovely, with fountains, nineteenth century kiosks, parks, children's areas, artificial lakes and the main entrance to the dock or pier center. It is certainly popular with locals and with good reason as it offers leisurely and relaxed walks for about 2 miles. A little criticism is the absence of bars, restaurants and cafes in the area, as there are so many hotels on the pier(basically the hotels take advantage of the proximity to Blackpool) but not everything can be perfect. The promenade is lovely.
Blackpool's seafront is one of the most important areas of the city and it is where you find the most social life and in turn is one of the most neat and pleasant areas in Blackpool. Its length is impressive as it is as long as the city, which expands along the West Coast, what makes us walking it could take about 6 -8 hours (walking fast). Therefore the council is re-installing the tram to explore this seaside promenade from end to end. There we find the quintessential entertainment areas of the city, focusing on the three piers and in the area called Fun Beach. Is very original as to sit there, instead of benches there are stones of different sizes fastened to the ground. There is also a square decorated with jokes (British humor) that passersby stop to read (some aren't bad). There is also an area with tall streetlights with a type of balloon on top so when the wind blows they change position. Young children love it. Possibly one of the most familiar, most colorful and definitely the soul of this famous city that is Blackpool.
Next to the sea, in the most southern part of the city, we find the Fun Beach (Playa de la diversión) or Pleasure Beach (Playa del placer ... which led to Blackpool being nicknamed "the British Las Vegas" by many. A huge complex of arcades, hotels, casinos and hotels with casinos make this area different, with a certain charm at least for a visit, for the colorful and populated streets ... of course, if you like to play, this is a paradise for you. You can't miss out on the amusement park area, where from afar can appreciate a huge roller coaster, which currently is the second largest in Europe ... all with beautiful sea views. Maybe not the most beautiful, natural and even ethical, but it's even worth a visit the more "sinful" part of the city.
Sea Life is a chain of aquatic centers spread across several UK coastal locations that are responsible for the preservation and protection of a variety of marine and freshwater species. The Blackpool center is the largest and most visited in the country, in most cases children are the stars of these visits. The aim is for them to have a great time because all the visit is designed and equipped for them, including a games room and mini-golf. The turtles are funny, impressive piranhas and some seek to find Nemo (Disney's clown fish star) but older children contain their excitement until they arrive at the larger tank, where we find ourselves in the dark as the dreaded sharks appear, swimming elegantly among other species to which they are far bigger than. The experience is certainly worthwhile, the only negative point is the price that's quite high and makes many think twice before entering. However, the smaller face will definitely make this investment worthwhile.
Another of the most beautiful places in Blackpool is this huge park which can be reached by taking Homby Mere Rd Rd and then following it straight. The park has lovely gardens to walk through, a gigantic lake where you can see swans and ducks and boats that you can rent to take on the lake. You can also rent rods and have a day of fishing. It also has a children's part for games, some tracks to play bocce or Cricket, basketballs courts, football, a climbing wall, BMX circuit . Lastly, it is a place to relax, escape and have fun on a sunny day, whenever that happens to be.
Blackpool has three piers representative of how important it was yesteryear. Of these three piers the North Pier was perhaps the most glamorous and prestigious. While the other two are overrun by amusement rides, this is perhaps the busiest of all the piers with beautiful coastal views of the city, the tower and even the Central Pier. At the entrance there are cafes and souvenir shops and at the other end there is the classic carousel (a very old one that takes us back to the Victorian era) and a theater. There are also psychics, fortune tellers and other such characters, one of the most famous is a lady of Romanian origin, Rosa Petulengro, who gives an exotic touch to the place. The North Pier is one of the symbols of this city and its presence reminds us of the excellence that it had in the past.
The Central Pier is packed with events, fairs and attractions, which makes it not the best place for a quiet walk. If anything stands out on this pier it is the gigantic wheel that makes this corner visible from long distances. To be fair, it is cheaper, more restful and relaxing to climb the famous tower of the city, and the views are just as good, so you might consider this part as "The Eye" but instead of in London in Blackpool. This wheel is literally over the sea, which makes the sensation most curious, and it is mounted in the rigging of a pirate ship. This pier marks the beginning of the most famous leisure area of the city, known as "Fun Beach".
The Blackpool Grand Theatre is one of the most emblematic buildings of this charming city which dates from the Victorian era (with representations of famous authors such as Oscar Wilde) and now is almost in a near perfect condition. The famous English architect Frank Matcham built the theatre in 1894 in an attempt to increase the cultural life of the city at a time of growth of the same. But this not only makes beautiful theater in the city center. Today the theater is fully operational, and the most important theater in the area and serves as theater and Victorian museum. A real treasure, which fortunately is perfectly preserved.
The south jetty is an extension of the area known as the Pleasure Beach, a quieter place than the Central Pier, but with plenty of attractions, together with the building called "Castle of Sand" that has lots of fun things to do. This pier is possibly the least attractive, but was built to add prestige to the city, one of only three piers in the UK, and to increase the area of Fun Beach. Found alongside this pier are the major casinos and amusement parks principal among which is the second largest roller coaster in Europe.
This name mislead you, these "Winter Gardens" are anything but gardens. This complex is one of the city's historic buildings and sights. In the beginning it was known and conceived as an opera house (to make the city more glamourous in the early 20th century) but is currently a more versatile building. It still holds operas (increasingly less) but is also hired for private events (weddings, baptisms and communions). They host various dance academies in the city. Outside there are shops and premises (most are closed or up for Lease). It even functions as a conference centre. To define this building under one heading is complicated. The only thing that can be appreciated in certain parts is its majesty that it had in its days of glory and splendor, but now we see that very well maintained, which removes elegance and especially at the back gives a rather marginal look. To have all the social functions it has and to be a local pride, I think this building needs a facelift (refurbishment) to show visitors to Blackpool the importance and excellence it has.
Looking for stuff to do in Blackpool? Blackpool is a coastal town in England, located northwest of Manchester. Its proximity to this important city means that tourists can take the opportunity to learn more about both cities. Wondering what to do in Blackpool? There aren't as many places to visit in Blackpool as in larger towns but it does boast its fair share of Blackpool attractions. These include the zoo, the Madame Tussaud was museum, the Church of St. John the Evangelist, and the Grand Theatre, among others.
Beach lovers will have more luck, as one of the main attractions in Blackpool is its beautiful beach with its pier. Near the beach you will find a great range of hotels, restaurants, and pubs. Another of the things to do in Blackpool is pay a visit to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an amusement park on the waterfront, which boasts the second highest roller coaster in Europe.
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