I’m very much all about booking a couple of staycations over the next couple of months. I’m always planning where to go next and Blackpool is actually on the list. As I actually live at the seaside, I rarely visit other seaside towns but there’s so much to see (including one of my best friends) and do in Blackpool it’s high up on my list of places to visit. If you are busy trying to think of your next weekend break, maybe Blackpool is the place for you! This seaside town was once a thriving resort in the Victorian and Edwardian times. Blackpool has retained most of this seaside charm, but there are plenty of modern and contemporary twists to its vintage glamour as well! Here are six reasons I’ve found that Blackpool should be our next staycation.
Everyone loves a bargain! And Blackpool will certainly be a great option if you are looking for a budget break. As it’s a staycation, you won’t have to pay a lot for your travel there. And it isn’t so hard getting there, either. You can, of course, drive there. But the town is well connected by trains. It’ just a 90-minute train journey from Manchester Piccadilly, and you can find single tickets for as little as £5. Accommodation in Blackpool is also quite cheap. Just make sure you book ahead to get the best deals. Prices can go up during October when it is the illuminations. So for a cheaper break, try and book outside these dates.
Blackpool really does have everything for the whole family. There’s attractions and events suitable for all ages from the thrilling rides of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach to a chilled evening at the Winter Gardens. This 19th-century entertainment venue hosts a variety of shows and plays just steps from the beach!
Is it bad that before I book a trip somewhere, I’m checking out where I can eat? Blackpool obviously has all the traditional foods you get at the seaside. When you’re in Blackpool, you will have to have some fish and chips. The dish is such a firm favourite at the seaside (i would know); it would be rude not to! If you aren’t too keen on fish, you can always swap the cod or haddock for a battered sausage. It would also be rude not to pick up some candy floss from the promenade and also a stick of rock! I’m sure if it’s anything like here, there are plenty of stores along the beach selling sweet treats.
One other thing that Blackpool is extremely famous for is its tram network. In 2012 the town upgraded the line, and there are now some brand new trams going up and down the promenade. But you can also hop on some retro ones that date back to the turn of the century, known as the heritage trams. The trams start in Starr Gate on the south shore and run all the way up to Fleetwood, just north of Blackpool. This vintage way of travelling puts some added fun into your day at the beach. And it also means that getting around is a lot less stressful than it would be to walk.
I can’t exactly do a post on Blackpool and not mention the town’s famous tower! This attraction dates back to 1894 and was modelled on the world-famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. Be sure to stop off at the large ballroom when you visit the tower. Strictly Come Dancing fans will love watching some really ballroom dancers glide across the floor! There is also a circus within the tower, which also looks like it has been preserved since the 19th Century. But don’t forget to head all the way to the top of the tower to get to the Blackpool Tower Eye. You’ll find a 4D cinema here, as well as fantastic panoramic views across the town and sea. If you have a head for heights, try walking over the five cm thick glass in the SkyWalk! For me, this is top of my list of places to visit in Blackpool.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long until you see snaps of me wandering down the promenade of Blackpool. It would be pretty interesting to visit other seaside resorts; Brighton is pretty high on my list also. Have you been to Blackpool before? Do you go on British Staycations?