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Blackpool is a seaside town of around 142,000 people, situated in the county of Lancashire in North-West England. Its landmark is Blackpool Tower, which was opened in 1894. Its promenade has three piers; the North, Central and South, which makes Blackpool the only UK town with this many piers.
Blackpool might be best known for its tackiness, but you’ve got to love it! I’ve been there multiple times since I was a kid and even studied nearby so I thought I would give an insight into the place and what you can do there.
Head to Deansgate Kitchen for a great breakfast which will set you up for the day. The staff are really friendly and the Full English is definitely recommended. You also get free coffee refills which is a bonus!
26-28 Deansgate, Blackpool FY1 1BN
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A trip to Blackpool isn’t complete without a visit to the Blackpool Tower! It’s also perfect in case the weather isn’t playing ball, which can sometimes be the case.
The Tower used to have a fixed entrance fee, but now you pay for each attraction separately, which allows you to tailor the visit to your needs. There’s the ballroom, Jungle Jim’s (a play area for kids), a circus and of course a trip up the tower!
It’s possible to spend all day here, depending on which type of ticket you’ve bought.
The Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ
This Indian restaurant is hidden away near the Tower. The outside isn’t much to look at, but once you’re inside you’re in for a real treat! The staff are very welcoming and you’ll feel at home here.
The menu is quite extensive so there’ll definitely be something for everyone. I had the Panir Masala and it didn’t disappoint. You could also order an Indian if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal.
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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Take a stroll up the promenade and take in the sights and sounds of this seaside town. If you have kids you could treat them to a donkey ride or a carousel ride on one of the piers.
There are also many trams if you don’t want to walk up the promenade. If you’re a fan of the weird and wonderful then a trip to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not might be right up your street.
It features exhibitions on out-of-the-ordinary subjects such as Eric Sparague, the lizardman whose tattooed body and forked tongue resembles a lizard’s.
Other exhibits include the two-headed calf and a woman with two pupils in each eye! I won’t give away any more so you’ll experience it all yourself when you get there.
Units 5&6 Ocean Boulevard, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ
It’s always been a tradition of mine to go to Bella Italia when I’m in Blackpool and luckily there are two to choose from. I can only recommend the pizzas as that’s all I ever have there (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) and they are delicious!
The desserts look great too, but I’ve always been too full to order one! Alternatively if you’d prefer to stay in you could order a tasty pizza and have it delivered to your door!
75 Victoria St, Blackpool, FY1 4RJ
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I love going to the amusement arcades and playing on the slots. I’m not much of a gambler, but parting with a few 2ps is totally fine with me.
I tend to visit a few arcades, but the most famous one is Coral Island with lots of machines including slots, pin balls, grabbers, air hockey and lots more. There’s even ghost train ride above the arcade so you can look down at what everyone’s doing.
I then go to a fast food trailer (there are many along the front) and either get some donuts or candy floss to make the end of my day in Blackpool.
Central Drive, Blackpool FY1 5BD