Easily within a return day visit from Manchester Blackpool has long been a seaside venue for people of the North West of England as well as the working classes of the industrial Midlands. Since Victorian times, working people of Manchester have trekked to this nationally famous seaside town for fun and entertainment. Blackpool’s most notable landmark is the Tower, which celebrated its centenary in 1995, for which event it was painted gold. Also noteworthy for its autumn “illuminations” – a veritable fantasy of coloured lights and moving light-shows.
Blackpool Tower; an historic Blackpool Tramcar; Blackpool Pleasure Beach at night: Donkey rides on the beach
The town tends to be very crowded during peak summer season, and innumerable small Guest Houses and Bed & Breakfast houses have sprung up to meet the demand for accommodation. A charmingly antiquated beach-front electric tram service runs all day. Much of the town is devoted to “The Pleasure Beach”, a now extensive funfair, which boasts probably the biggest roller coaster ride in Great Britain – “The Pepsi Max Big One”. All the usual seaside facilities can be found at Blackpool, from candy-floss, burger bars, and the speciality Blackpool Rock, which you can watch being made on the seafront. The town has 3 piers, which host variety shows as well as amusement arcades and a ferris wheel. Alternatively, you can relax on Blackpool’s extensive beaches, where donkey rides are provided for the children. Many refreshment Bars, Pubs and Hotel Bars available.
A walk on the Promenade and the Big One rollercoaster
Directions & Location From central Manchester, drive out through Salford and the M602 motorway, to the M60 going towards Bolton, turn off onto M61 (following signs for the M6 Preston). The M61 converges with M6 at its northern end. Follow the M6 north to Junction 32, and turn off onto the M55 (signposted Blackpool). The whole journey takes about 1 hour by car. Trains regular from Manchester Victoria Rail Station. Ample parking on and off-street at South Shore end of Blackpool.