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Chic Geek Diary is a lifestyle blogger based in Blackpool. Jen, a mother of two, shares everything from her journey through parenthood, house renovation to her latest purchases. Jen has curated her top picks of things to do and places to see in Blackpool, including must-see locations such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the famous Blackpool Tower.

Since the 1920’s, Blackpool has been regarded as a holiday destination and to this day, people still visit from far and wide. With the London to Blackpool route running 4 direct services on weekdays and 2 services on Saturdays, it’s never been easier to hop on the train to explore this city.

Using Virgin Trains is a much more convenient way to travel into the Capital of the North. Not only can you travel in comfort, but you’ll also avoid city centre traffic and parking.

For Families

Blackpool is perfect for families as it has everything you need for a great day out or holiday, with countless places to visit right on the seafront.

Start your trip the right way by visiting the famous Blackpool Tower, which has stood proudly in the centre of this seaside town for over 100 years. Not only is it full of history but it’s jam-packed full of fun activities too. The tower’s famous circus will entertain children of all ages, with high flying acrobatics and slapstick comedy. Wear the kids out at the indoor soft play centre, suitable for children up to 4ft 9” and from 3ft.

Alternatively, bring out your inner daredevil and take the elevator 380 ft up to the top of the tower where you can look out through five-centimetre-thick glass for great views of the Irish sea. You also get great views of the promenade below, which plays host to Blackpool Sea Life centre, arcades such as the pirate themed Coral Island and Blackpool beach with donkey rides and lively piers.

Away from the lively seafront, you will find Blackpool Zoo where you can enjoy the sea lion show, see the lion’s roar and the elephants play.

Blackpool Tower

For Couples

If you’re visiting Blackpool as a couple, how about starting your day with a romantic stroll around Stanley Park? Stanley Park is Blackpool’s much loved public park which covers approximately 390 acres of land. You won’t run out of things to do if you’re feeling active, including: crazy golf, tennis and rowing boats.

You can visit the White Tower Restaurant for food - expect fine dining, with views to impress. If you’re not ready for the day to end, you can catch a movie at The Regent Cinema, or cosy up with a tipple at Hogarths Gin Palace.

Blackpool Tower

For culture seekers

See what the promenade has to offer by taking a tour on a 1930’s tram around the UK’s last remaining tram tracks. While the Blackpool Tramway has a fleet of modern trams now, the Heritage Trams, many of which are over 80 years old, are a unique way to experience the city. Trams run most weekends, daily during school holidays and operate the festive Autumn Illumination Tours.

For adrenaline junkies

Any adrenaline junkie needs to visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Home to some of the most intense modern rides in the UK such as ICON, Infusion and the Big One, this place is guaranteed to get your blood pumping.

The South pier on the promenade is home to the Adrenalin Zone, which includes the SkyCoaster and SkyScreamer attractions - these are definitely not for the faint-hearted. Also, just across from the Adrenalin Zone is the Karting 2000 Raceway for you to let rip round Blackpool South’s largest karting circuit.

Head back to the Blackpool Tower to visit the Blackpool Tower Dungeon and prepare to get spooked by scary stories and the terrifying “Drop Dead” ride.

Pleasure Beach

For foodies

There are plenty of different places to dine at in Blackpool. With an array of bars and restaurants, you can enjoy anything from Blackpool’s famous fish and chips at Bentley’s, to fine dining at the Mediterranean themed and well renowned Mi Casa Su Casa.

If you fancy something a bit different try Viva Vegas Diner, with live entertainment while you eat, and for a sweet treat, try Notarianni Ice Cream Parlour. If you’re taking the kids out for a treat, they will love The Buccaneer, a pirate-themed restaurant located at Coral Island arcade.


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