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Blackpool has been attracting holiday makers since the mid-18th century. The town's many attractions make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a cheerful seaside break. Book one of our Blackpool hotels and discover this gem on the Lancashire coast
Perhaps Blackpool's greatest asset is its capacity to delight people of all ages. Whether on the Pleasure Beach, the piers or at Sandcastle Waterpark, the town's white-knuckle rides and amusements are an absolute blast.
The glass observation room at the summit of Blackpool Tower provides you with incredible – and vertiginous! – views in every direction. Here you'll be able to see up, around and even beneath your very feet. From the tower's top to its belly is where you'll discover the Tower Dungeon. You'll be wowed by witches, witch-finders, plague doctors and torturers telling stories of Blackpool's grisly history. Don't worry, mum and dad – the kids will look after you!
A less spine-chilling version of history is relayed in the 4D Cinema Experience which gives visitors the chance to learn about this fascinating seaside town.
Anyone from nine to 90 will enjoy one of the daily tea dances in the splendid Victorian surroundings of the magnificent Tower Ballrooms.
For anyone who enjoys circus antics, particularly those that recall entertainment from the late 19th century, the Tower Circus is a must. Take your place between the four 'legs' of the Tower and marvel at the incredible feats and pratfalls of the skilful circus performers and clowns. And be prepared for a water-based finale that involves 40,000 gallons of liquid!
Eating and drinking
Blackpool has plenty of cafés, and Cedar's is one of the very best. It's very popular with the locals, a surefire indication that it's well worth a visit. Probably the finest fish shop in Blackpool, Yorkshire Fisheries uses the freshest potatoes and fish to produce its tasty meals, which you can eat in or take away. And for North Italian cuisine in England's North West try Ambrosini's, which has been a very popular eatery for nearly 30 years. Here you'll enjoy traditional food prepared with a modern approach.
Houndshill Shopping Centre has around 70 retailers under one roof including Boots, Disney Store and Debenhams. Bonny Street market is open at various times throughout the year selling clothes, accessories and much more. Abingdon Street Market is the place to go for fresh local produce. And less than nine miles by road, tram or train, Freeport Fleetwood has more than 45 shops in an attractive harbour setting.
For a room with a view, comfortable and affordable Fortuna House Hotel is ideal. And it's situated close to the seafront. And in the heart of Blackpool, Fairview Hotel offers 4-star comfort and service and comes with a great reputation.