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Blackpool Main Image.jpg
From upper left: Blackpool Tower, Bloomfield Road, Central Pier at night, a section of Pleasure Beach Blackpool, Queen's Park Estate.
Shown within England
Status: Borough, Unitary Authority (1998)
Region: North West England
Admin. County: Lancashire
Ranked 302nd
34.92 km²
Admin. HQ: Blackpool
ONS code: 00EY
Ethnicity: 96.8% White
1.3% South Asian
0.8% Mixed
0.4% Black
0.3% Chinese
0.2% Other Asian

Blackpool Council

Blackpool (pronounced /ˈblækpuːl/ ( listen)) is a seaside town in Lancashire, England. Situated along the coast of the Irish Sea, it has a population of 142,900, making it the fourth-largest settlement in North West England behind Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington.

It lies 40 miles (64 km) north-west of the city of Manchester, and less than 30 miles north of Liverpool City centre. Blackpool is the fourth most densely populated local authority district of England & Wales outside Greater London.[2]

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism during the 19th century, particularly for the inhabitants of northern mill towns.




Blackpool is believed to get its name from a historic drainage channel (possibly Spen Dyke) that ran over a peat bog, discharging discoloured water into the Irish Sea, which formed a black pool (on the other side of the sea, "Dublin" (Dubh Linn) is derived from the Irish for "black pool"). Another explanation is that the local dialect for stream was "pul" or "poole", hence "Black poole".

People originating from Blackpool are called Sandgrown'uns, (as are persons originating from Morecambe and Southport) or Seasiders" (Although this is more commonly associated with Blackpool FC) Blackpudlians is also (though rarely) used.

Early history

A 12,000-year-old animal skeleton (the Carleton Elk) found with barbed arrowheads near Blackpool Sixth Form College in 1970 provided the first evidence of humans living on the Fylde as far back as the Palaeolithic era.[3] The Fylde was also home to a British tribe, the Setantii (the "dwellers in the water") a sub-tribe of the Brigantes, who from about AD80 were controlled by Romans from their fort at Dowbridge, Kirkham. During the Roman occupation the area was covered by oak forests and bog land.

Some of the earliest villages on the Fylde, which were later to become part of Blackpool, were named in the Domesday Book in 1086. Many of them were Anglo-Saxon settlements. Some though were 9th and 10th century Viking place names. The Vikings and Anglo Saxons seem to have co-existed peacefully with some Anglo Saxon and Viking place names later being joined together - such as Layton-with-Warbreck and Bispham-with-Norbreck. Layton was controlled by the Butlers, Barons of Warrington from the 12th century.

In medieval times Black Poole emerged as a few farmsteads on the coast within Layton-with-Warbreck. The name coming from "le pull" which was a stream that drained Marton Mere and Marton Moss into the sea close to what is now Manchester Square. The stream ran through peat lands which discoloured the water, and so the name for the area became Black Poole. In the 15th century the area was just called Pul. And a 1532 map calls the area "the pole howsys alias the north howsys”.

View of Blackpool, 1784.

In 1602, entries in Bispham Parish Church baptismal register include both Poole and for the first time blackpoole. The first house of any substance, Foxhall, was built toward the end of the 17th century by Edward Tyldesley, the Squire of Myerscough, and son of the Royalist, Sir Thomas Tyldesley. An Act of Parliament in 1767 enclosed a common, mostly sand hills on the coast, that stretched from Spen Dyke southwards. Plots of the land were allocated to landowners in Bispham, Layton, Great Marton and Little Marton. The same act also provided for the layout of a number of long straight roads that would be built such as Lytham Road, St.Annes Road and Highfield Road.[4]

Taking the cure

By the middle of the 18th century, the practice of sea bathing to cure diseases was beginning to become fashionable among the wealthier classes, and visitors began making the arduous trek to Blackpool for that purpose. In 1781 Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton built a private road to Blackpool, and a regular stagecoach service from Manchester and Halifax was established. A few amenities, including four hotels, an archery stall and bowling greens, were developed, and the town grew slowly. The 1801 census records the town's population at 473. The growth was accelerated by the actions of Henry Banks, often considered to be the “Father of Blackpool”. In 1819 he purchased the Lane Ends estate, including the Lane Ends Hotel and built the first holiday cottages. In 1837, his son-in-law Dr. John Cocker built Blackpool’s first assembly rooms, which still stand on the corner of Victoria Street and Bank Hey Street.

Arrival of the railways

The most significant event in the early growth of the town occurred in 1846, with the completion of a branch line to Blackpool from Poulton on the main Preston and Wyre Joint Railway line from Preston to Fleetwood. Fleetwood declined as a resort, as its founder and principal financial backer, Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood went bankrupt. In contrast, Blackpool boomed. A sudden influx of visitors, arriving by rail, provided the motivation for entrepreneurs to build accommodations and create new attractions, leading to more visitors and a rapid cycle of growth throughout the 1850s and 1860s. In 1851 a Board of Health was formed. Gas lighting was introduced in 1852, and piped water in 1864. By 1851, the town's population was over 2500.

The growth was intensified by the practice among the Lancashire cotton mill owners to close the factories for a week every year to service and repair machinery. These became known as wakes weeks. Each town's mills would close for a different week, allowing Blackpool to manage a steady and reliable stream of visitors over a prolonged period in the summer.

In 1863, the North Pier was completed, rapidly becoming a centre of attraction for elite visitors. Central Pier was completed in 1868, with a theatre and a large open-air dance floor. The town expanded southward beyond what is today known as the Golden Mile, towards South Shore, and South Pier was completed in 1893, making Blackpool the only town in the United Kingdom with three piers. In 1878, the Winter Gardens complex opened, incorporating ten years later the Opera House, said to be the largest in Britain outside of London.

The town was granted a Charter of Incorporation as a municipal borough in 1876. W.H. Cocker, son of Dr John Cocker, and therefore grandson of Henry Banks, was its first mayor. The town would become a county borough in 1904.


Much of Blackpool's growth and character from the 1870s on was predicated on the town's pioneering use of electrical power. In 1879, it became the first municipality in the world to have electric street lighting, as large parts of the promenade were wired. The lighting and its accompanying pageants reinforced Blackpool's status as the North's most prominent holiday resort, and its specifically working class character. It was the forerunner of the present-day Blackpool Illuminations. In 1885 one of the world's first electric tramways was laid down as a conduit line running from Cocker Street to Dean Street on the Promenade. The line was operated by the Blackpool Electric Tramway Company until 1892 when their lease expired and Blackpool Corporation took over running the line. A further line was added in 1895 from Manchester Square along Lytham Road to South Shore, and the line was extended north, first to Gynn Square in 1899, and then to Fleetwood. The tramway has remained in continuous service to this day.

By the 1890s, the town had a population of 35,000, and could accommodate 250,000 holidaymakers. The number of annual visitors, many staying for a week, was estimated at three million. 1894 saw the opening of two of the town's most prominent buildings; the Grand Theatre on Church Street, and Blackpool Tower on the Promenade.

The first decade of the new century saw the development of the Promenade as we know it today, and further development southwards beyond South Shore towards Harrowside and Squires Gate. The Pleasure Beach was first established about this time. Seasonal static illuminations were first set up in 1912, although due to World War I and its aftermath, they only enjoyed two seasons until they were re-introduced in 1925. The illuminations extended the holiday season into September and early October.

Towards the present

The inter-war period saw Blackpool attain pre-eminence as a holiday destination. By 1930, Blackpool claimed around seven million visitors per year, three times as many as its nearest British rivals, still drawn largely from the mill towns of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Stanley Park was laid out in 1920 and opened in 1926. The area round the park has become renowned for some of the most desirable residences in the area.

Bispham Parish Church, All Hallows

Documents have been found to suggest that the reason Blackpool escaped heavy damage in World War II was that Adolf Hitler had earmarked the town to remain a place of leisure after his planned invasion.[5] Despite this, on 11 September 1940, German bombs fell near the North railway station and eight people were killed in nearby houses. In the decade afterwards, it continued to attract more visitors, reaching a zenith of 17 million per year. However, several factors combined to make this growth untenable. The decline of the textile industry led to a de-emphasis of the traditional week-long break. The rise of package holidays sent many of Blackpool's traditional visitors abroad, where the weather was more reliably warm and dry, and improved road communications, epitomised by the construction of the M55 motorway in 1975, made Blackpool more feasible as a day trip rather than an overnight stay. The economy, however, remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector.

Local government

Though the Blackpool Urban Area extends beyond the statutory boundaries of Blackpool to encompass Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde and Lytham St Anne's, Blackpool remains administratively separate.

Between 1904 and 1974, Blackpool formed a county borough independent of the administrative county of Lancashire. With the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, Blackpool's county borough status was abolished and it was made part of the shire county of Lancashire. On 1 April 1998, however, Blackpool was made a unitary authority and re-formed as an autonomous local government unit. It remains part of Lancashire for ceremonial purposes however.

As of 2008 Blackpool Council is currently controlled by the Conservative Party the largest party represented with 27 councillors and a governmental majority of 12, followed by the Labour Party with 12 councillors and the Liberal Democrats with three.

Year Conservatives Labour Liberal Democrats
2008 27 12 3


TVR was a major employer in Blackpool.

This is a chart of the trend of regional gross value added of Blackpool at current basic prices by the Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.[6]

Year Regional Gross Value Added[7] Agriculture[8] Industry[9] Services[10]
1995 1,276 9 276 992
2000 1,444 1 210 1,234
2003 1,598 1 220 1,377

While Blackpool enjoys a large number of small businesses and self-employed people, there are some large employers. The government-owned National Savings and Investments is based at Marton, together with their Hardware random number generator, ERNIE ( "Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment") which picks the Premium Bond numbers, while other government agencies are based at Warbreck and Norcross further up the Fylde coast. Burtons Foods produce biscuits and other bakery products, Klarius UK manufactures automotive components, and the Glasdon Group is a plastics manufacturer which makes litter bins, park benches and reflective road signs.

TVR formerly produced sports cars at its Bispham factory.[11] Blackpool was also the original site of Swallow Sidecar Company forerunner of Jaguar Cars.

Retail is also becoming a major contributor to Blackpool's economy:[citation needed]

Many Blackpool residents work in the retail sector, either in the town centre or the retail parks on the edge of town.

Blackpool's main shopping streets are Church Street, Victoria Street, Bank Hey Street, Abingdon Street and Talbot Road. There is currently one shopping centre within the town, Houndshill Shopping Centre. This has recently been redeveloped with the opening of a new Debenhams department store along with other major high street names.


Blackpool is heavily dependent on tourism. In what is often regarded as its heyday (1900-1950), Blackpool thrived as the factory workers of northern England took their annual holidays there en masse. Any photograph from that era shows crowds of tourists on the beach and promenade. Blackpool was also a preferred destination of visitors from Glasgow and remains so to this day.[12] Reputedly, the town still has more hotel and B&B beds than the whole of Portugal.[13] The town went into decline when cheap air travel arrived in the 1960s and the same workers decamped to the Mediterranean coastal resorts due to competitive prices and the more reliable weather.[14] Today Blackpool remains the most popular seaside resort in the UK, however the town has suffered a serious drop in numbers of visitors which has fallen from 17 million in 1992 to 10 million today.[15] Similarly Pleasure Beach Blackpool was the country's most popular free attraction with 6 million visitors a year but has lost over a million visitors since 1998 and has recently introduced a £5 entrance fee.[16] Today, many visitors stay for the weekend rather than for a week at a time.

The Tower and Illuminations
Blackpool's Central Pier in Winter


Outside the main holiday season, Blackpool's Winter Gardens routinely hosts major political and trade union conferences, ranging from that of the Conservative Party and the Transport and General Workers Union with thousands of delegates and visitors, to substantially smaller gatherings such as the Communication Workers Union conference.

2009 was the last year that the National Union of Students used Blackpool for its Annual Conference, they will now be hosted by the Sage Gateshead.

In January 2011, Blackpool will host the NEEC Conference (formerly the North of England Education Conference) a key date in the education calendar.


Blackpool remains a summer entertainment venue, specialising in variety shows featuring entertainers such as Ken Dodd and Roy 'Chubby' Brown

Events and festivals

  • Blackpool Dance Festival is a world famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance[17]
  • For the last three years, Blackpool has played host to the Rebellion Punk Rock Festival, an annual event which moved back to Blackpool after a few years in nearby Morecambe[18]
  • Blackpool Illuminations consisting of a series of lighted displays and collages arranged along the entire length of the sea front, seven miles (11 km) in total, attract many visitors from late August to early November; a time when most British seaside resorts' holiday seasons have already ended. 2009's festival dates are 4 Sep 2009 - 8 Nov 2009. This results in some spectacular traffic snarl-ups as most people now view the lights from cars and coaches which crawl nose-to-tail along the whole length of the sea front, particularly so at weekends and during school holidays. Each season a famous person "flicks the switch" to turn the lights on in an opening night switch on ceremony. The BBC Top Gear team, minus James May, were on hand to activate the lights for 2008.

Gay Blackpool

Blackpool is often described as the "gay capital of the North" (with Brighton often being described as "the gay capital of the South").[19][20] Blackpool had its first gay pride celebration in 2006.[21] Historically, seaside resorts have been able to provide niches for minority groups.[22] Blackpool, like other English resorts, has had a reputation for being a safe community for gay people.[22] During World War II, there was a proliferation of cafés, pubs and clubs where homosexual men could meet in Blackpool.[23] In the 1990s, the town began to be promoted as a gay tourist destination.[22] Blackpool contains several bars, pubs and nightclubs aimed at the LGBT community. These include Funny Girls (a burlesque cabaret showbar), FG2, the Flamingo, the Flying Handbag, Lucy's Two, Pepe's, Roxy's, Mardi Gras, KAOS, Taboo and dtBar.[24] The local gay community is now also catered for by two online radio stations - 3D Radio and Blackpool Gay Radio featuring a mix of music, local news, features and celebrity interviews.


Blackpool is continually striving to improve its position within today's tourist industry. One controversial proposal, which had the involvement of the local council, was to transform Blackpool into a casino resort along the lines of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, making it the centre point of gambling in the UK. However, Manchester was unexpectedly selected for the initial trial by the Government's Casinos Advisory Panel.[25] Since this decision, Blackpool's council and MPs have lobbied Parliament extensively, claiming their bid was misunderstood. The local newspaper, the Blackpool Gazette, sent a petition signed by over 11,500 local residents and visitors demanding the decision be reconsidered. On 29 March 2007, the Advisory Panel's recommendations were approved by the House of Commons, but rejected by the House of Lords, meaning the bill must now be reconsidered by parliament.[26] This has led many in the town to feel that Blackpool has been given a "second chance" to prove its case, and as of April 2007, the town's representatives were still heavily lobbying parliament to award the casino to Blackpool. However, in early 2008, the House of Lords threw the super casino proposal out.[citation needed]

Other future projects include a £500m scheme to build Storm City a proposed multi-themed indoor entertainment complex on a 30 acre site between Rigby Road and Central Drive.[27][28] Storm City would house:

  • A 12,000 seater arena
  • Four world class hotels
  • Shopping areas
  • Five themed entertainment areas
  • Rooftop gardens
  • Blackpool's own version of the London Eye

In March 2007 Blackpool Council signed up to a three month deal to work exclusively with the developers of Storm City.[29][30]

A second scheme, which is primarily aimed at the local population, but will also benefit those holidaymakers travelling to the town by rail, named Talbot Gateway would be a £285m civic quarter, for which international project management specialist AMEC has been chosen to transform what is at present a rundown area around Blackpool North railway station into a what Blackpool Council hope will be a world class gateway with new office and retail space as well as a public square, dubbed the Talbot Plaza. The development would be 'wrapped' around Blackpool North railway station so that rail passengers arrive at street level into the new plaza with views down onto the seafront, making their arrival into Blackpool a much more pleasant experience than at present. The regeneration company behind much of the towns current and future development, ReBlackpool are working with Blackpool Council and AMEC to sort out the planning application.[31]

Regeneration work has recently been completed on Waterloo Road in South Shore that has transformed the area into a modern vibrant shopping centre. £1 million of public investment is helping to improve the public realm and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of South Shore.[32]

Landmarks & places of interest

Blackpool boasts some important landmarks, most of which appeared originally as part of the flourishing tourist industry.

Major attractions

Blackpool Tower, a Blackpool landmark.
Central Pier, Blackpool
Twin Climbing Towers, Blackpool Central
  • Blackpool Tower, opened in 1894; it has been a dominant landmark of the Blackpool skyline since that time. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, it is 518 feet & 9 inches (158 m) in height. Beneath the tower is a complex of leisure facilities, entertainment venues and restaurants, including the world famous Tower Ballroom and Tower Circus.
  • North Pier - The northernmost of Blackpool's three piers. It includes a small shopping arcade, a small tramway and the North Pier Theatre toward the end of the pier. The pier end also used to have a helicopter pad, but this was damaged in a Christmas storm in 1997 and collapsed into the sea.
  • Central Pier - The middle pier, includes a large Ferris wheel and shops.
  • South Pier - The southernmost pier. Almost directly opposite the Pleasure Beach, it houses a theme park.
  • Pleasure Beach Blackpool - An amusement park with rides including the Pepsi Max Big One, which was the world's fastest and tallest complete circuit rollercoaster between 1994 and 1996.
  • The Winter Gardens is a large entertainment and conference venue in the town centre. It includes the Opera House (one of the largest theatres in Europe), Pavilion Theatre, Empress Ballroom, Spanish Hall, Arena and Olympia.
  • Stanley Park - Grade II historic park and gardens with golf course, cricket club, sports arena, lake, art deco restaurant, model village, gardens, etc.

Other attractions

  • Beach - Stretching along the whole seafront. The main natural attraction for tourists.
  • Funny Girls - Drag Cabaret Burlesque Showbar, located on Dickson Road.
  • Blackpool Zoo - provides a home to over 1,500 animals from all over the world.
  • Grand Theatre - Victorian theatre designed by Frank Matcham. Also now known as the National Theatre of Variety.
  • Great Promenade Show - Series of modern artwork installations along Blackpool's South Promenade. Includes the Blackpool High Tide Organ an unusual musical monument which uses the movements of the sea to make music.
  • Louis Tussaud's Waxworks - waxwork museum, featuring models of celebrities, musicians, sports personalities and the famous Chamber of Horrors.
  • Doctor Who Exhibition closed in 2009 - the biggest Doctor Who exhibition in the UK - contains props and costumes from the long-running BBC TV series, including some from recently aired programmes.
  • Sandcastle Water Park (now known as Waterworld) - An indoor swimming pool with slides and waves. Next to the South Pier.
  • Odeon Cinema - Situated on a multi-complex site, on Rigby Road, with 10 screens.
  • The Syndicate Nightclub, holds just over 5,000 people.

Tall structures



Blackpool International Airport operates regular charter and scheduled flights throughout the UK and Europe. The airport is actually just over the borough boundary into Fylde Borough, although a proposal to reorganise Blackpool's borders would see the airport incorporated into Blackpool Borough. This airport which was formerly known as Blackpool Squires Gate Airport, is one of the oldest in the UK having hosted public flying meetings in 1909 and 1910. After a gap, it has been active from the 1930s to date. Airlines currently serving Blackpool include Jet2, Manx2 and Aer Arann.

In 1927 the local council announced that an airfield would be built near Stanley Park, which would become Stanley Park Aerodrome offering flights to the Isle of Man for £1.80.[33] The airport opened in 1929 and was officially opened by then British Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald in 1931.[34] However, with the opening of Squires Gate Airport a decision was announced in 1936 by the Ministry of Transport to close the Stanley Park airfield. In fact, civil operations continued until the outbreak of war with scheduled services to the Isle of Man and elsewhere.[35] During the war, Stanley Park was used as a Royal Air Force training station, known as No. 3 School of Technical Training. Vickers assembled many Wellington bombers here and Beaufighters were repaired for the RAF. The airfield closed in 1947. The land that the airport stood on now covers Blackpool Zoo as well as a hotel and golf course. The hangars from the old airport are still in use as the elephant enclosure for the zoo.[34]

Bus and coach

Blackpool's Talbot Road bus station and multi-storey car park.

Buses and coaches are operated by:

Facilities include -

  • Blackpool Talbot Road Bus Station which was the main town centre bus station, but is now used by Stagecoach and National Express services, and is officially called Blackpool National Express Coach Station. Blackpool Transport stopped using the bus station in the early 2000s after a disagreement with Blackpool Council regarding the state of the bus station building. Blackpool Transport now use Market Street and Corporation Street as their bus interchange which is located in the heart of the town centre.
  • Blackpool Lonsdale Road Coach Station the main coach station in Blackpool, is located in South Shore. This is mainly used by independent coach operators and also by some National Express services. The coach station has a cafe, shop and toilet facilities but is in a state of disrepair.
  • Blackpool Colosseum Bus & Coach Station was the main bus and coach station in South Shore. Located next to Blackpool Transport Headquarters, it was demolished to make way for a Somerfield supermarket.


Train operators serving Blackpool include:

Stations in the town are, or were:

Blackpool once had two railway termini with a total of over 30 platforms, mainly used by excursion traffic in the summer. Blackpool Central, close to Blackpool Tower, was closed in 1964, whilst Blackpool North was largely demolished and rebuilt as a smaller facility. The route of the former excursion line into Blackpool Central is now used as a link road from the M55 motorway to the town centre. The line into Blackpool via Lytham St Annes now has a station serving Blackpool Pleasure Beach but terminates at Blackpool South station. The line into North station is now the more important.


The M55 motorway links the town to the national motorway network.


A double-decker balloon tram on the promenade at Bispham
Tramway route

Blackpool tramway runs from Starr Gate in Blackpool to Fleetwood and is the only surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom (UK).[36] The tramway dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. It is run by Blackpool Transport as part of the Metro Coastlines, owned by Blackpool Council. The tramway runs for 11 miles (18 km) and carries 6,500,000 passengers each year.[37]

The tramway was for a long time the only working tramway in the United Kingdom (UK) outside of museums. It was also the UK's first electric system. However there are now a number of other tramways including Manchester Metrolink, South London Tramlink, Nottingham Express Transit and Sheffield Supertram.

On 1 February 2008 it was announced that the Government had agreed to a joint Blackpool Transport and Blackpool Council bid for funding toward the total upgrade of the track. The government will contribute £60.3M of the total £85.3 m cost. Both Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council will each provide about £12.5M. The Government's decision means that the entire length of the tramway from Starr Gate to Fleetwood will be upgraded and also sixteen state-of-the-art trams will replace the current fleet.[38]


View from the tower, looking south
For a comprehensive list of Blackpool in television and film, see here.

The resort is featured in the 1934 film Sing as We Go, starring Gracie Fields, as well as other cinema and TV productions, including Hindle Wakes (1952) and Funny Bones (1995) starring Lee Evans and Oliver Platt and directed by St. Annes born Peter Chelsom, Holiday (1957),[39] and The Parole Officer (2001) starring Steve Coogan.

The Japanese film Shall We Dance (1996) closes with a scene at the World Ballroom Dancing Championships in Blackpool. All the hair styling for the film was completed by Blackpool born and bred hairstylist Eileen Clough, who has been in the trade since the 1960s. In the Hollywood remake of the film (2004) Blackpool is mentioned but not shown. The remake was also directed by Peter Chelsom.

Blackpool is the setting for Bhaji on the Beach (1993) directed by Gurinder Chadha. The film Like It Is (IMDB) (1998) directed by Paul Oremland was also partly filmed in Blackpool. The opening scenes were filmed in the Flamingo. The 2005 television comedy/thriller series Funland revolved around the fictionalized, seedier aspects of Blackpool.

Rick Steves' Europe introduced the viewer to the resort, explaining the history and its attractions.[citation needed]

The town also features heavily in the BBC television serial Blackpool starring David Morrissey, Sarah Parish and David Tennant, first broadcast in 2004 along with the one-off follow-up Viva Blackpool, broadcast in June 2006.


Blackpool was notorious for having imposed an indefinite ban on the Rolling Stones from performing in the town in 1964 after a riot broke out among the audience who had found their performance suggestive during their concert at the Empress Ballroom. The ban was lifted forty-four years later in March 2008.[40][41]

The Jimi Hendrix - Experience video and DVD features concert footage of Hendrix's performance at Blackpool's Opera House in 1967.[42]

The Jethro Tull song "Up the 'Pool" is about Blackpool, singer Ian Anderson's childhood home.

The White Stripes recorded their first official DVD, Under Blackpool Lights at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens on the 27th and 28th of January 2004.


Newspapers that cover the Blackpool area include the Blackpool Gazette which is the daily evening newspaper covering the Fylde Coast area, known locally as The Gazette. They also publish a free weekly newspaper, the Blackpool Reporter, which is delivered to householders in Blackpool. The Gazette also publishes a daily online version in Polish, Witryna Polska (Polish Gazette) to cater for the local Polish community.[43] The Lancashire Evening Post is a daily evening newspaper covering the county of Lancashire.

Local radio is provided by Radio Wave, a commercial radio station based on Mowbray Drive in Blackpool which covers the Fylde Coast area. The radio station broadcasts on 96.5FM and is owned by media company UTV. Blackpool also falls in the coverage area of BBC Radio Lancashire, Rock FM, Magic 999, Smooth FM 100.4 and 105.4 Century FM.

Blackpool Gay Radio provides a part-time radio service catering for the local gay community featuring a mix of music, local features, news and celebrity interviews.

In March 2009 Blackpool will have a dedicated news radio service, in the form of internet radio station Blackpool Internet Radio News. A test broadcast will be available over the weekend of 14 and 15 March 2009, with the launch following shortly afterwards.

Television is provided by Granada - the ITV franchise holder for the North West region, which covers Blackpool and BBC North West the regional BBC station for the North West region, which covers Blackpool.



The Tower Circus Arena held regular professional boxing shows for a number of years. However, for many years boxing shows have been few and far between in the town, with events being promoted on an irregular basis including one in 2005 at the Hilton hotel. However, on 16 February 2008 professional boxing returned to the 2,000 capacity Tower Circus Arena.[44] Blackpool's Layton Institute also regularly hosts Amateur Boxing competitions [45][46] The show is to be filmed by Manchester television company Channel M for screening on 1 March.[47]


Blackpool Cricket Club are Blackpool's major cricketing team, they won the League Cup in 2005, and were National Champions in 1990. Also between 1973-1996, they won the Lancashire Cup on eight occasions and were League Champions fourteen times. Their home is in the grounds of Stanley Park.


The most notable football club from Blackpool is Blackpool Football Club, also sometimes known as the Seasiders or the Tangerines, is the town's professional football club. Their most notable achievement was winning the 1953 FA Cup Final. There are some other, smaller football clubs located within Blackpool, including Association Football Club Blackpool, Blackpool Wren Rovers Football Club and Squires Gate Football Club.


Blackpool Borough were the first professional rugby league club in the town. They however eventually folded after leaving the town in 1987. Blackpool Panthers were formed in 2004 and currently play in Co-operative Championship One. They groundshare at Woodlands Memorial Ground, the home of Fylde Rugby Club in the neighbouring town of Lytham St Annes. Blackpool also has a rugby union club, called the Blackpool Rugby Union Football Club. Their home ground is Norbreck Rugby Ground.


Blackpool has a number of Christian churches including eighteen aligned with the Church of England and ten Roman catholic churches, along with others.[48] Other Christian groups in the town include Blackpool Christian Centre, Blackpool Community Church, Kings Christian Centre, Liberty Church, part of the LGBT Christian Community connected to the Metropolitan Community Church and New Life Community Church.[48]

Blackpool also has a residential Buddhist centre located in North Shore, Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, which is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union.[48] The Blackpool Central Mosque & Islamic Community Centre is located on Revoe Street and provides prayer facilities for local Muslims with a 300 capacity prayer hall, a daily prayer hall with two classrooms, ladies prayer room[48] and the Blackpool Islamic Community Centre (BICC) with kitchen and classrooms where Islamic education is taught, for both Muslims and non-Muslims.[49] There are also two synagogues in Blackpool for its Jewish population. The Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation is located on Raikes Parade with a synagogue hall and classroom facilities; a purpose built sanctuary hall and assembly room. Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation is located on Leamington Road with a synagogue hall and community centre.[48]

Blackpool, also has smaller communities of Hindus, Jains, Mormons and Sikhs.

The Blackpool Faith Forum was established in 2001 in conjunction with Blackpool Council to provide interfaith dialogue between the various faith groups in the town, to raise awareness of the various faiths in the town and to promote a multifaith community. It is linked to the Interfaith Network of UK.[50][51] In February 2007 a youth forum was established, Blackpool Faith Forum for Youth (BIFFY).[52]



A number of shipwrecks have occurred on the coastline of Blackpool. The most recent occurrence has been the grounding of the MS Riverdance in January, 2008. Famously, in 1897, HMS Foudroyant, Nelson's flagship prior to HMS Victory, was grounded close to North Pier in a storm.

Areas, districts and estates

  • Anchorsholme
  • Bispham
  • Bloomfield
  • Brunswick
  • Churchtown
  • Claremont
  • Common Edge
  • Devonshire
  • Grange Park
  • Great Marton
  • Great Marton Moss
  • Great Marton Moss Side
  • Greenhill
  • Greenlands
  • Hawes Side
  • Highfurlong
  • Hoohill
  • Inglethorpe
  • Layton
  • Little Bispham
  • Little Carleton
  • Little Marton Moss Side
  • Little Norbreck
  • Marton
  • Marton Fold
  • Mereside
  • Moor Park

Notable people

Blackpool has been the birthplace and home to a number of notable people, including:

Twin town

Blackpool is twinned with:


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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tower

Blackpool is a seaside resort town in the North West of England.


Over 6 million people visit Blackpool each year, making it Britain's number one holiday resort. Many come for the two largest attractions, Pleasure Beach Blackpool and Blackpool Tower, although the town features many other smaller attractions including three piers, numerous amusement arcades, seven miles of beaches and pedestrian promenade, and a vibrant nightlife.

Following a heyday in the first half of the twentieth century as the working classes gained freedom and disposable income, Blackpool has struggled to find a new role with the advent of package holidays to the mediterranean. It has long used the Blackpool Illuminations light show to extend its tourist season into the autumn months, and has recently been campaigning the government to allow the redevelopment of its central seafront Golden Mile with Las Vegas-style casino hotels in an attempt to become a gambling haven.

While many tourists go to Blackpool nowadays for party weekends (often hen or stag groups), an older clientele enjoys the nostalgia of the town. The Tower Ballroom remains a global mecca for ballroom dancing and many remember Reginald Dixon playing his Wurlitzer organ with songs such as "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside" - synonymous with the town.

Get in

By car

Blackpool can be reached via the M55 from the M6.

By bus

Local bus services run from Preston, Lancaster, Southport and Fleetwood. Long distance bus services, and charters, run from virtually everywhere in Great Britain.

By train

The trains run to Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations from Preston and many other destinations. Blackpool North is the main station but for a day trip to the Pleasure Beach, change at Kirkham and take the Blackpool South line; the last station before Blackpool South is the Pleasure Beach Blackpool.

By plane

Blackpool has its own with scheduled flights to/from Alicante, Belfast, Dublin, Faro, Geneva, Girona, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Mahon, Malaga, Murcia, Mallorca, and Tenerife.

An increasing number of charter flights now operate from Blackpool Airport.

Blackpool Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK and is served by budget airlines Jet2 and Ryanair.

By boat

The closest ferries from Blackpool are Fleetwood to Larne and Heysham (near Morecambe) to Douglas (Isle of Man) and Belfast, operating in Summer only.

Get around

The Blackpool Tramway has antique electric trams on its original 1885 tram system which runs along the complete length of the sea front from Starr Gate near Blackpool Airport to Fleetwood at the northern end of the Fylde coast.

Horse-drawn "landaus" offer an old-fashioned alternative to modern taxis for journeys along the seafront.

"Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear"

The inscription above the stage in Blackpool Tower's ballroom is from the poem Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare.

  • Blackpool Tower, [1] - a Victorian alike of the Eiffel Tower, the view from the top is worth seeing, but gets busy at the peak of the tourist season. Blackpool Tower is one of the famous towers in the UK. Once inside, you climb through seven levels of attractions, including a circus, bug zone, Out of This World, aquarium, and ballroom (for you film buffs, this is the lavish ballroom seen in the 1996 Japanese film Shall We Dance?), before going up in a glass elevator to the observation deck.
  • The Piers [2] - Blackpool is the only British resort with three piers. The North pier costs 50p to go on, and is relaxed. The central pier has something for everyone, and the South Pier is loud and rollicky. North Pier is the oldest and largest of the three coastal piers in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
  • Pleasure Beach Blackpool [3] is perhaps Britain's largest funfair, with eleven roller-coasters including the original Roller Coaster which gave the rides their name. This has been eclipsed by more modern coasters, including Britain's tallest roller coaster ride the "Pepsi Max Big One" (more commonly known simply as "The Big One") which is over 200 feet high. Other roller coasters include the Irn Bru Revolution and Big Dipper. Rides require 2-9 £1 tickets, or a £30 all day wristband, which is a few pounds cheaper when bought online. As well as the adult rides, children's rides area, and sidestalls, the park also has some excellent architecture to see. The park began life as a funfair on the sands in the Victorian era, and by the 1930s some permanent buildings arrived in the style of the day - Art Deco. In particular don't miss the station of the Roller Coaster ride, and the White Tower at the south entrance to the park, both of which have "streamline moderne" influences just like some of the classic trams which operate on the seafront nearby.
  • The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. [4]
  • Many shows are happening at the Winter Gardens this year including Russell Brand and Blackpool Fringe
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach - fun fair and roller coaster rides.
  • The Grand Theatre, A 1100-seat theatre designed by Frank Matcham in 1894. [5]
  • Go to watch the town's long suffering football team Blackpool FC play at Bloomfield Road and witness their recent revival!
  • Dancing on Ice - a popular ice show located near blackpool pleasure beach.
  • Have a donkey ride on the sands.
  • What's on in Blackpool, [6] month by month view Blackpool Events
  • Blackpool Illuminations. Stretching for 6 miles along the Blackpool Promenade 'The Lights', as they're fondly called, consist of spectacular displays using over one million light bulbs. A vast collection of characters and themes are displayed, along with lasers, and searchlights. Free.  edit
  • Blackpool Shows, [7] Details of shows in Blackpool for Opera House, Legends - Central Pier and Tower, North Pier, Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower


A stick of Blackpool rock(candy) and a mandatory "Kiss Me Quick" hat on Blackpool's Golden Mile.


Fish and Chips. Chippys are everywhere in Blackpool. Along all the piers and the seafront it is impossible to walk along wthout passing dozens of chippys.

  • Harry Ramsden's, 60-63 The Promenade, FY1 4QU, 01253 294386, [8]. 11:30 - 21:00 Sunday to Thursday. 22:00 close Friday and Saturday. Part of the "world famous" Harry Ramsden's chain located on the promenade. Ideally located near many of Blackpool's attractions and the sea front. Offers eat-in and take away services.  edit
  • Mandarin, 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool, FY1 1JD, 01253 622687, [9]. Award winning Cantonese restaurant established over 46 years ago. A regular recommendation from hotel owners and taxi drivers.  edit


Blackpool's night life is varied and numerous. There are clubs and pubs to suit everybody who comes to Blackpool looking for an evening out, With so much going on in Blackpool it is difficult to decide where to go.

  • The famous Funny Girls transvestite show bar.
  • Blue Room, opposite Syndicate nightclub.
  • The Last Orders pub, in North Shore. Drink with the locals.
  • Syndicate superclub. largest nightclub in britain with a revolving dance floor.
  • Sanuk. Another popular nightclub with young people, on the front near the north pier
  • Tache. Blackpool's alternative/rock night club. Behind blackpool bus station.
  • The Auctioneer, Lytham Road South Shore. A Wetherspoons favourite with its good value drinks and food  edit
  • Duple Club, 96 Bond Street South Shore Blackpool, 01253 341647. The Duple CIU club with it's traditional Blackpool Bingo and nightly entertainment welcomes all guests to visit whilst in Blackpool. Good Value Drinks and a Friendly including families with children Welcome.  edit
  • The Dutton Arms, Corner of Wateroo Road and the Promenade. The Dutton Arms is The Party Pub of South Shore Blackpool. Popular DJ's at the weekend and late closing.  edit
  • The Old Bank Inn, 46 Bond Street, South Shore, Blackpool (From the promenade turn into Rawcliffe St (between Colonial & Queens Hotel) and we are directly infront of you, on the corner of Bond St & Rawcliffe St; close to both The Pleasure Beach & Blackpool FC Football Club.), 01253 408807, [10]. 10.00am - midnight/01.00am. The Old Bank Inn is South Shores premier venue for both locals and visitors to Blackpool. A fantastic line up of entertainment both day and night, with live bands on Saturday nights (limited during winter months Nov-Feb, please check details). No need for drinks promotions, cheap drinks all day/everyday and you don't need to be a local - all customers are charged the same price.  edit

Stay safe

Visits to Blackpool are generally incident-free. During Friday and Saturday nights, the busiest areas of the town centre such as Talbot Square and Queen Street can become very crowded and somewhat rowdy, but there is a large and generally good-natured police presence. The sea front and piers are usually crowded so are generally safe.

You should take care in the Central Drive area at night, and avoid back-alleys anywhere in the town centre after dark. In particular there are a small number of street prostitutes operating in these areas after 11PM, whose modus operandi is to approach single males who are under the influence of alcohol. Do not accept any offers of sex; you will be risking being mugged by the prostitute and/or a male accomplice.

Gay male visitors should avoid the Middle Walk cruising area; a gay man was recently murdered here and there have been several violent homophobic attacks. Lighting in this area has been improved and there are regular police patrols. Note that the "gay quarter" around Talbot Road, Dickson Road and Queen Street is as safe as the rest of the town centre. It is now being heavly monitored with cctv as well.


It used to be said that Blackpool had a million tourist beds. These were mostly in small guest houses, and these have changed as customer expectations have increased - most have renovated simple bedrooms into en suite rooms, typically turning three rooms into two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Blackpool still enjoys a huge number of beds, and this keeps the market competitive and the prices low.

At the higher end of things, Blackpool has a number of larger hotels, including the Imperial Hotel which is used by politicians during political party conferences which take place at the Winter Gardens.

  • Marton Mere Caravan Park, (Marton Mere Holiday Village), Mythop Road, FY4 4XN. (3 Miles from Blackpool) Tel:+44 1253 767544, [11].
  • Ashdean Holiday Flats, 42 Dean Street, Tel:+44 1253 345640, [12].
  • Cleveland Court Holiday Apartments, 23 Withnell Road, Tel:+44 1253 348406, [13]
  • Gladwyn Holiday Flats, 15 Alexandra Road, Tel: +44 1253 346870 [14]
  • Canberra Holiday Flats, 12, Coop Street, FY1 5AJ, +44 1253 624803, [15].  edit
  • The Chesterfield Hotel, '5 Wellington Road, +44 1253 345979, [16]. Friendly hotel just off The Central Promenade midway between Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, managed and owned by brother and sister Julie and Steve Clarke since 1990. 10 rooms in total - 2 of them are Family Rooms (up to 4 people) and the rest are doubles, all with toilet and shower facilities, freshly laundered bed-linen, colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities with unlimited free tea and coffee available every day. English Breakfast every morning.You can buy full three-meals course as well - it is £7.95 per adult or £3.50 per child. There is a bar lounge area in the basement which is open every night from 8pm till around midnight.with happy hour from 8pm till 9pm when most drinks are £1.50 a pint/double! Pets are welcome. Rooms are from £30.  edit
  • Norbreck Castle Hotel [17] Queen's Promenade, Blackpool. A 480 Bedroom Hotel, set in a prime location on the Promenade, offering breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. Rooms from £25 a night.
  • Grand Metropole Blackpool Hotel146-148 Promenade Blackpool, Lancashire.
  • The Savoy Hotel Promenade, Blackpool North Shore, near Blackpool's many attractions.
  • Britannia Hotels Promenade, Blackpool [18] 3 luxurious hotels in Blackpool. Rooms from £30 a night. Near Pleasure Beach.
  • Robin Hood Hotel, at the St. Stephen's Ave. tram stop, one block north. 10 rooms, Single £27, double £54. Rooms 1, 5, and 9 have sea views, relaxing lounge, non-smoking.
  • The Kimberley Hotel 585-589 New South Promenade, Tel: +44 1253 341184 [19] A 50 Bedroom Hotel, set in a prime location on the New South Promenade, offering breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. Rooms from £25 a night. This hotel hosts meetings of the far-right British National Party so may not be to the taste of non-white or gay tourists.
  • New Osborne House Hotel, 3 Trafalgar Road, FY1 6AW (near the South Shore), +44 1253 346444, [20]. Rooms from £20 a night.  edit
  • Moorbank House, Set in the Heart of South Shore Blackpool Close to All Attractions Including the Pleasure Beach,Tel: +44 1253 344385 [21] Single £25, double £40. Ground Floor Rooms and Free Parking relaxing lounge with Licensed Bar, non-smoking.
  • The Kingscliff Hotel, Blackpool, located in the heart of Blackpool, within easy walking distance of the promenade, winter gardens, The Tower, theatres and Houndshill Shopping Centre. Also the Pleasure Beach and the Sandcastle complex are a short tram ride away [22]
  • Heywood House, 30 Rawcliffe Street Blackpool South Shore Blackpool,Tel: +44 1253 344413 [23] Relaxing lounge with Licensed Bar and Pool Table, non-smoking.
  • Salendine House Hotel, 44 St.Chads Rd Blackpool (Near South Shore) Blackpool,Tel: +44 1253 346749 [24] Close to promenade, friendly family run B&B, Licensed Bar.
  • Canasta Hotel, 288 Promenade, +44 1253 290 501, [25]. 30 bedroomed licensed sea front hotel in perfect location.
  • Blackpool Hotel Rossi, 263 Promenade, Tel: +44 1253 341731, [26]. Quality Blackpool Hotel, Perfectly Positioned On The Promenade.
  • Staymor Hotel, 555 New South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1NF. Tel: +44 (0) 1253 341487 [27]
  • The Wembley Hotel, 275 Promenade, Tel: +44 1253 346154, [28]. Quality Blackpool Family Hotel, All 16 rooms En-Suite, Licensed Bar, Perfectly Positioned On The Promenade.Prices start at £17.50pppn
  • Norbreck Castle Hotel, [29] Blackpool Accommodation. Address: Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire. Facilities include a swimming pool and gym. Hotel rooms from £17.50pppn.
  • Big Blue Hotel, Ocean Boulevard, Pleasure Beach Blackpool,Lancashire FY4 1ND, Tel: +44 1253 400045, [30] Offers 4 star contemporary accomodation right next to the Pleasure Beach.
  • Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, North Shore, Blackpool, FY1 2HB, Tel: +44 (0)1253 623971, [31]

Get out

Take a tram north to Fleetwood, formerly one of the UK's major fishing ports. Visit its famous market and go to the outlet mall called "Freeport"

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Blackpool shown within the United Kingdom
Area 13.5 sq mi (34.92 km²)
Population 142,700[1]
OS grid reference SD305365
Unitary authority Blackpool
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Region North West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Ambulance North West
European Parliament North West England
List of places: UKEngland • Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°48′52″N 3°03′20″W / 53.8144°N 3.0556°W / 53.8144; -3.0556

Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire, in the north west of England. The town is on the coast of the Irish Sea. Blackpool had a population of 142,283 as of the 2001 census.[2]

Blackpool became important for tourism during the 19th century. It is known for its beaches and amusement parks. It is also the home to a famous international ballroom dancing competition.


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