Weekend breaks in Blackpool

Britain’s most popular holiday destination and home to some of the country’s favourite attractions, the famous seaside resort of Blackpool is packed full of activities for kids and adults alike. With so many things to see and do, Blackpool is an ideal destination for a weekend break. From the world famous Blackpool pleasure beach and the Golden Mile to fun family days at Blackpool Zoo or the Sea Life Centre, whatever type of short break you are looking for you can be sure Blackpool will have something that appeals to you. With the beautiful Blackpool illuminations, the Victorian Piers and the iconic Blackpool Tower overlooking it all, Blackpool is a real British tourist destination embracing the traditional seaside holiday and more modern attractions in equal measure.

The biggest difficultly when planning a weekend break in Blackpool is deciding what to see and do – there are really so many options that you’ll have trouble cramming it all in to a weekend. If you haven’t been to Blackpool in a while, or it is your first visit, then the major attractions mainly based along the seafront will be more than enough to keep you occupied on a short break. Blackpool tower is the star attraction and has been a dominant feature on the skyline since 1894. The tower now hosts a variety of attractions including the Tower Circus and Ballroom. No seaside holiday would be complete without a pier and Blackpool has three of them. The Central Pier has a selection of shops and a big wheel, the North pier has an arcade and theatre and the South Pier has its own theme park and is right next to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Pleasure Beach is a full-on theme park with attractions, rollercoasters and other rides.

Of course for a slightly more relaxed day (by Blackpool standards at least!), then the beach stretches across the whole length of the seafront and is a great way to soak up the sun in the summer. There are plenty other attractions in Blackpool beyond the most famous. Blackpool Zoo is a good family day out as is the Sandcastle Water Park with its wave machines and slides. The Winter Gardens is a large tourist venue with a host of activities including an opera house, a theatre and a ballroom. Blackpool also has a vibrant and varied nightlife from the Syndicate Nightclub – one of the largest clubs in the UK – through to more traditional events like the theatre and cabaret.

Blackpool has been Britain’s favourite holiday resort for over a century and as a result there is a massive variety of accommodation to suit any taste, from the large hotels by the seafront through to a huge selection of privately owned guest houses and B&B’s. Being so popular with visitors Blackpool also has very well served transport links, connected to the motorway network by the M55. There are also several train stations which connect to major cities throughout the UK.