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  • 1. History of Blackpool

    Blackpool is widely recognised as the most famous seaside resort in England. During the 18th century, it became fashionable for wealthy families to travel to the coast and bathe in the sea to improve their well-being and even to try and cure diseases. When a new private road was built by Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton in 1781, it became easier for people to get to Blackpo...Read moreol from cities like Manchester. Blackpool’s population grew dramatically in the 19th century, and their place as a popular tourist resort was further cemented with the new transport links provided when a railway was built in the 1840s. By 1901, Blackpool’s population had reached 47,000, and then 147,000 by 1951. It was seen as the archetypal British seaside resort, and it boasted amazing entertainment for all the family at its three piers. Read less

  • 2. Now in Blackpool

    Blackpool still remains a very popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors every year. There are shows and events throughout the year and wonderful places to see like the Blackpool Tower, Winter Gardens and The Grand Theatre.

  • 3. Events in Blackpool

    Blackpool has a history of putting on fantastic events, and is the home of the world renowned Blackpool Dance Festival, where dancers from all around the world come to compete at the famous Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens. The annual Blackpool Illuminations offers a series of stunning light displays and collages across the length of the seven-mile long Blackpool sea fron...Read moret. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Blackpool

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the perfect place to go if you are a thrillseeker. There are several amazing rollercoasters, including the Big One, which is one of the tallest rollercoasters in Europe, at an adrenaline pumping 235 feet. There are three piers to visit in Blackpool: North Pier, South Pier and Central Pier. All three of them offer fantastic attractions for the whole f...Read moreamily. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Blackpool

    If you want to experience Blackpool the way it used to be, head down to the beach and take a donkey ride. Donkey rides have been popular in Blackpool since 1890. The Blackpool Zoo is a great place to visit for any animal lover, with over 1500 animals, including elephants, gorillas and lions!

  • 6. Business in Blackpool

    Blackpool’s main business is tourism, and has been since the town became a popular resort in the 19th century. As well as tourist attractions, Blackpool offers great restaurants, pubs and bars and is a popular destination for hen and stag parties for brides and grooms to go from all around Europe.

  • 7. Transport in Blackpool

    The M55 was built in 1975, and made it much easier for people to visit Blackpool for day trips. Blackpool is less than 40 miles from the major North West cities of Manchester and Liverpool, and easily accessed by people in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

  • 8. Entertainment in Blackpool

    There is always a host of events and concerts on in Blackpool, with variety shows and famous comedians performing in the theatres. In the summer months, Blackpool has a host of stars performing. Ken Dodd is a Blackpool favourite and can regularly be seen at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Blackpool

    The Blackpool Tower was opened to the public on 14 May 1894, and is one of the town’s leading attractions. The tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and is 158m tall. It is a Grade I listed building, and can be seen from most places in a 30-mile radius, including Manchester, Liverpool and Southport.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Blackpool

    The Blackpool Illuminations have been turned on by a host of different celebrities over the years, including George Fornby in 1953, Kermit the Frog and the Muppets in 1979, Shirley Bassey in 1994 and Robbie Williams in 2010. They were even turned on by the 3-time Grand National winning horse Red Rum in 1977!

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