Lives in Kendal, United Kingdom
Since Jan 2015
25-34 year old female
13 years in accessible travel. Award winning blogger, travel writer & campaigner, passionate about equal access for all.
Theme Parks, Piers & Boardwalks
Theme Parks, Observation Decks & Towers
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Blackpool Zoo has an extensive collection of exotic animals to explore. The zoo is all fairly level and flat, with low signage and ramps throughout. Plus, lower benches at presentation points are reserved for those with mobility problems, and all of the viewing windows for the animals are low level. We watched the sea lion show, which was good fun and interesting.
Stanley Park is the main park in Blackpool, with landscape design, historical buildings, stunning gardens, and fun activities. Facilities available include children's play areas, a golf course, a model village, crown green bowling, a café, and lots more!
Madame Tussauds likes to welcome everyone regardless of their ability or disability, and the staff here are really enthusiastic and fun. There is ramp access to some of the celebrity models (others are via stairs only), and some chairs can be moved to enable wheelchair users to pose for photos with the celebrities (others are fixed however). Areas like Gok Wan’s Dressing Room and Coronation Street’s Rovers Return are especially good for those who want something interactive, and plenty of opportunities for amusing photos!
Sandcastle Waterpark is the UKs Largest Indoor Waterpark with over 18 slides and attractions in an 84 degree tropical climate. Their accessible services and facilities vary from induction loops, wide access gangways, accessible toilets and changing rooms, poolside wet room facilities, support rails, access statements, accessible video guide, dedicated pool safety hotline for guests to discuss requirements prior to their arrival, first aid room with private treatment room, accommodation for access dogs, and so much more.
Blackpool's Central Pier is a fantastic place to visit with the family. There's always something going on and lots of fun arcades and amusement rides on the pier itself, as well as beautiful views. Have a go on the Big Wheel and take in the whole of Blackpool!
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is for the thrill seekers, with rides to suit all ages - their aim is to make everyone feel like a child again. Unfortunately not all of the rides are accessible to everyone, but they have produced a helpful PDF access guide, which can be downloaded from their website. Some of the rides which have wheelchair access include: Avatar Airbender, the Big Dipper, the Blue Flyer, the Grand Prix, Infusion, and the Pleasure Beach Express. The theatres, casino, restaurants, amusement arcades, and shops are also accessible - there is so much to keep the whole family entertained!
A trip to Blackpool wouldn't be complete without visiting the iconic Tower! The Blackpool Tower Eye, Dungeon, Circus, Ballroom, and other facilities are accessible to all. For those who aren't scared to brave heights, the Eye gives amazing views of Blackpool. The Dungeon show is a mix of history and comedy, the Circus fun-filled and action packed, and the Ballroom a taste of old-fashioned glamour.
Blackpool Illuminations are an awesome spectacle, as a child I used to look forward to seeing them every year! There's six miles of lights in a totally unique display. The fantastic thing is that everyone can access them, by car, tram, wheelchair, mobility scooter, or on foot.
Houndshill is Blackpool's central shopping centre, a short walk/wheel from Central Pier. It has the usual big chain clothing, footwear, tech, and toy shops as well as a food court, so it's easy to spend a full day in retail heaven! Accessible parking and toilets are available.