For daytime you may want to potter around the shops, the main shopping areas for Blackpool are along Talbot Rd to Abingdon St, Church St, leading onto Market St and then to the Houndshill shopping Mall. Our biggest store is Debenhams, but we also have an M&S as well as the usual smaller retailers and inevitable Primark.

For a greater selection you would need to visit Preston, Liverpool or Manchester. All of these can be reached by a frequent rail service or by bus/car if you wish. Freeport at Fleetwood is one of the outlet village type shopping centres that have been built all over the country, you can drive or go by bus/Tram, unlimited all day tram tickets are currently £4.50 per day.

If shops are not what you want, Blackpool has many tourist venues to consider, how about a view from the top of this countries largest Victorian erection, still standing firm to this date, mind you it takes a team of men's constant fiddling to keep it up...... The Tower complex is world famous and has a circus, or enjoy a tea dance in the fabulous Tower Ballroom perhaps. The newly renovated complex now hosts spooky actor lead experiences in a dungeon for those made of tough stuff. Blackpool is fortunate to still have all 3 of our original Victorian era piers, originally thought to give health benefits from breathing the sea air, but nowadays given over more to amusements and the views of course.

Or a day at the Pleasure Beach for thrilling rides and "kiss me quick hats" perhaps, wander the sea front for the energetic or take a tram ride all the way to Fleetwood. The walk all along the sea front to Fleetwood is very easy as its mostly flat, around 6 miles or so, plenty of places to stop to refresh and you can catch the tram whenever you have had enough. Maybe you would prefer to cycle along the promenade, Blackpool is one of the designated cycle towns and has a cycle hire scheme in place, very reasonable costs and can be picked up/dropped off at a lot of handy places.


We have Stanley Park if you fancy a walk round the lake, feed the ducks and take in the fresh air. There is a wonderful Art Deco cafeteria building here, just like something out of Poirot. The other side of Stanley Park is a Zoo. We also have a sea life centre, or maybe a Madame Tussauds to see celebrity dummies on a wet day (hardly ever....).

A little further away you could find Morecombe, infamous for the traffic lights changing on a Wednesday. But head past there if you can drag yourself away and you reach the Lake District national park. Lots of hills and lakes, as you might expect. Another great day out is Ingleton falls walk, around 5 miles and lots of waterfalls to see. Not far away and visible on the walk are the White Scar caves, a tour underground to see natures drippy stalagtites etc.

One of our old heritage trams on its way from Star Gate (near the airport) to Fleetwood, all the way along the sea front to Cleveleys, then heading inland through Fleetwood to its terminus at the ferry dock. From here you can take the ferry across the river Wyre for lunch at the Bourne Arms, very nice, or just take a stroll.