Blackpool Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK)

Picture of the Pleasure Beach and 'Big One' coasterThe perfect place for a family holiday, Blackpool is perhaps the ultimate tourist resort and is full of all the traditional seaside attractions, and much, much more.

Visitors to Blackpool usually only get the chance to see a fraction of the numerous tourist attractions that Blackpool has to offer, and so it is worth planning your visit to make the most of your time.

Whether you are a thrill seeker looking for the ultimate roller coaster and fast rides, a sun lover simply looking for a spot on the sand, a ballroom dancing fanatic, or lover of amusements, Blackpool's tourist attractions will not disappoint.

Further photo of the Pleasure Beach and rides

Pleasure Beach

Address: Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)870 444 5566
Britain's number one outdoor attraction, Blackpool Pleasure Beach regularly attracts over seven million visitors per annum and covers a vast area of around 40 acres / 6 hectares. There are around 70 fast rides at the Pleasure Beach, including more than a dozen roller coasters, a number of which have broken world records over the years. You can easily spend several days here and still not get to see everything. Many people come for a ride on the historic Big Dipper wooden roller coaster, which dates back to 1923, although newer, faster and more stomach-churning rides are opening here every year. Other attractions at the Pleasure Beach include log flumes and boat rides, cabarets of magic and illusions at the Horsehoe venue, circus gymnastics at the Globe, and ice dancing performed by world champions at the Arena. There are also plenty of restaurants and fast-food outlets all around the park.
Open hours: April to early November, 10:30 to 23:00, although some seasonal variations are applicable
Admission: charge, discounts for children and families, 'Supersaver' wristbands available

Sea Life Centre picture

Sea Life Centre

Address: Central Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1253 622 445
A major attraction along Blackpool's Central Promenade, the Sea Life Centre regularly attracts in excess of six million visitors each year, which gives a clear impression of its popularity. Home to a major collection of marine life, the Sea Life Centre boasts a Crystal Tunnel, complete with sharks swimming overhead, some of which are more than 2.5 metres / 8 feet long. With around 50 different displays in total, you will also be able to see stingrays, seahorses, jellyfish, piranhas and many more fishy attractions, including a cafe, soft play area and gift shop selling aquatic souvenirs.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to dusk, seasonal variations
Admission: charge, discounts for children

Photo of the Sandcastle Waterworld

Sandcastle Waterworld

Address: South Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1BB, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1253 343 602
Without doubt the region's top indoor water park, the award-winning Sandcastle Waterworld can be found alongside the South Beach and features a host a fast water slides, fun pools and waves at the Typhoon Lagoon. There are most attractions here, appealing to a wide range of age groups, such as a sauna area, amusement arcade, play areas and 'shimmerin shallows' for children, a cafe serving light refreshments, and a swim shop. Amongst the most popular slides is the 'Masterblaster', a water roller coaster which is around 250 metres / 820 feet in length and the longest of its kind in the whole world.
Open hours: April to June, Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30; July and August, daily - 10:00 to 17:30; September and October, Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30; November to March, Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 16:30; (open until 21:00 on some 'Hyper' Fridays)
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, children and families

Image showing the Zoo and Dinosaur Safari

Blackpool Zoo and Dinosaur Safari

Address: East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1253 830 830
Located along East Park Drive and to one side of Stanley Park, Blackpool Zoo and Dinosaur Safari is always busy and full of interest. The top attractions at the zoo include a renovated free-flight aviary, gorilla mountain, lemur wood, elephants, a reptile house, a miniature railway, a children's petting zoo and also a 'Run Wild' play zone. With more than 1,500 exotic animals and plenty of fun for all the family, be sure not to miss the Dinosaur Safari, where you are able to get close-up to 30 life-size models of dinosaurs in an atmospheric setting.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to dusk
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, children and families