With Blackpool enjoying a bit of a resurgence in recent years (thanks to shows such as BBC TV's Strictly Come Dancing), now might be a great time to take the kids on a short break to Blackpool as an alternative staycation getaway.
I hadn't been to Blackpool since I was a young girl (oooh about 30-plus years ago), so I relished the opportunity to take a short break with the family to see what had changed – and more importantly, if it was family-friendly.
Here are my top tips for things to do, what to see and where to stay if you head to Blackpool on a whistle-stop tour…
Blackpool Accommodation: A stay at Queens Mansions
Accommodation in Blackpool is plentiful. In fact, I read somewhere that the town (yes, Blackpool doesn't have city status just yet) has amongst the largest concentration of hotels and guest houses in the UK.
I stayed with The Burbage Holiday Group at the Queens Mansions, which are located away from the buzzing centre – a godsend when you've got kids and you need outside noise kept to a minimum when you're trying to get them to sleep.
The Queens Mansions offer luxury, spacious accommodation in Blackpool and are apparently highly sought after by the judges of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show. And if they’re good enough for Craig Revel Horwood, you can bet your bottom dollar that they're more than good enough for me.
Prices in low season start from £140 for two nights and £280 in high season. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting Around Blackpool
Blackpool’s tram service runs the length of the seafront, where most of the attractions and entertainment can be found.
Tram tickets can be purchased onboard or from most newsagents, with prices at £10 for a family ticket for the day, which can also be used unlimited times – both on the trams and local buses.
If you're on a short break to Blackpool, you'll want to choose wisely about where you eat, so here's a round-up of some of the best places you should head for.
The Big Blue Hotel on Blackpool Pleasure Beach is really nice and another hangout of the Strictly celebs when they’re in town. Prices are a bit chewy, so it’s the sort of place you’d want to book as a treat or special occasion.
Captain Jack’s at Coral Island is amazing for families as the kids eat free (under 10). Portions are huge – dessert can most definitely be shared between two – or even three!
Harry Ramsdens: What visit to Blackpool would be complete without a visit to this famous restaurant chain? Staff are friendly and service is quick.
Notarianni’s: This is one of Blackpool's best-kept secrets, and its location (tucked down a side road that’s easy to miss) only adds to its appeal. Naturally, it’s hugely popular with locals and has ice-cream to die for! Don't leave Blackpool without having visited!
You'll have heard of the Blackpool Illuminations – and if you haven't, where have you been? They're basically the UK's answer to the bright lights of Vegas – magical and at times, memorising.
However, there's much more to the town than its sophisticated lighting system (and of course The Blackpool Tower) – and if you're on a short break to Blackpool with the family, there's plenty to see and do. And probably more than you'll be able to fit in.
It's therefore wise to invest in the Blackpool Resort Pass, which offers savings of up to 45% off Blackpool's finest attractions. For £55 each, visitors can enjoy a total of six attractions, and save themselves more than £35 than if they'd bought separate tickets.
– Blackpool Pleasure Beach (a trip to Blackpool wouldn't be complete without a visit!)
– Nickelodeon Land
– The Blackpool Tower & 4D Experience
– The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
– SEA LIFE Blackpool
– Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
Book A Short Break to Blackpool
There are a number of operators offering quick getaways to Blackpool – and most of them offer very affordable prices – an important factor when you're travelling as a family!
Have you been to Blackpool? And if so, what was your favourite thing to do?
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