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With so much to do and see in one day, follow my guide to the best of Blackpool's attractions, and see how much you can cram into your 24 hours here!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

13 Places

2 City Tips

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13 Places

The Blackpool Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Theme Parks

Central Pier

Piers & Boardwalks, Theme Parks

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Speciality Museums

Sea Life Blackpool

Aquariums

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Theme Parks

The Big One

Theme Parks

Climbing Towers

Theme Parks

Bentleys Fish & Chip Shop

Restaurants

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Performances, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Stanley Park

Parks

Blackpool Zoo

Zoos

Blackpool Illuminations

Points of Interest & Landmarks

McHalls Bistro

Restaurants

Paulpatr's City Tips

  • Getting around: A family day-saver ticket is available which gives unlimited travel on buses and trams for two adults and up to three children.
  • If you're really intending to pack a lot into your day, the Blackpool Resort Pass can save you lots of money. The pass includes access to up to nine of Blackpool's most popular attractions - many of which are listed here.
  • The Blackpool Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Theme Parks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Starting with an amazing 4D cinema experience, enjoy a trip up the Blackpool Tower Eye to enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the area. Plus, brave the 5cm-thick glass Skywalk if you dare! This is a great way to get your bearings, and as well as the observation deck, there are many other attractions to explore while you're here - including the Ballroom, the Circus, and the Dungeon to name just a few.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets including access to multiple attractions are available online, allowing you to save up to 50%.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Holiday too blackpool 23/04/2019
    • A wonderful place for all ages 23/04/2019
    • The Blackpool Tower
    Address:
    The Promenade
    Blackpool FY1 4BJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 622242
    Other:
  • Central Pier
    Piers & Boardwalks, Theme Parks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Built in the 1860s, primarily as a dancing venue and to launch the odd steamboat excursion, Blackpool Central Pier is the city's most popular. Close to the tower, it's home to a number of traditional seaside games and rides, such as the iconic 'hook the duck,' a Ferris wheel, and a Helter Skelter. You could easily while away a few happy hours here, especially with the family in tow!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • You pay per ride/attraction here so you can try out as few or as many as you like.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    • good for kids 19/04/2019
    • Great afternoon 17/04/2019
    • Central Pier
    Address:
    Promenade
    Blackpool FY1 5BB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 623422
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 22:30
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Madame Tussauds Blackpool
    Speciality Museums
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Madame Tussauds is packed full of familiar celebrities, from famous soap stars to Hollywood superstars, plus kids favourites such as Spiderman, Bob the Builder and Shrek. Just opposite the Central Pier, this is a great rainy-day activity for families - get hands-on with these life-like waxworks, and keep your camera handy!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book online and save up to 20%.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Holiday too blackpool 23/04/2019
    • Absolutely disappointed beyond belief. 23/04/2019
    • Madame Tussauds Blackpool
    Address:
    89 Promenade
    Blackpool FY1 5AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 871 282 9200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Sea Life Blackpool
    Aquariums
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    Paulpatr Says:

    A great under the sea experience for the whole family, the 2,000 marine creatures on display here mean plenty of hands-on activities to keep the kids happy. Enjoy the Ocean Walkthrough Tunnel, get involved in feeding times, and don't be scared to ask the staff for more information about any of the exhibits - they're very attentive, and go out of their way to make sure everyone is having a good time.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book online and save up to 20% (which can be a massive saving for families).
    • Look out for the various feeding times taking place throughout the day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not very impressed 23/04/2019
    • Educational 20/04/2019
    • Sea Life Blackpool
    Address:
    Promenade
    Blackpool FY1 5AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 621258
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    Theme Parks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Further down the promenade lies one of the most iconic amusement parks in the country, where adults and kids alike will find fantastic rides and thrills for all ages. There are also plenty of other things to keep you occupied at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, such as arcades, shows, and Nickelodeon Land.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lunch onsite can be quite expensive, but you can leave the park to seek out other options - including Bentleys Fish and Chips - and then return.
    • Buy tickets and wristbands online to save queuing, and save money.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good value with Tesco vouchers! 23/04/2019
    • Broken Rides... 23/04/2019
    • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    Address:
    525 Ocean Boulevard
    Blackpool FY4 1EZ
    England
    Phone:
    0871 222 1234
    Other:
  • The Big One
    Theme Parks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Definitely my favourite ride at Blackpool Pleaseure Beach, The Big One is a thrilling steel roller coaster that climbs up to a height of 235ft, and drops at speeds of up to 87mph! Formerly known as Pepsi Max, it's currently the tallest and fastest in the country.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you buy your wristband online, you can save a huge amount per person.
    • Definitely not for the faint hearted!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ahhhhhhh 22/04/2019
    • Adrenaline rush 21/04/2019
    • The Big One
    Address:
    525 Ocean Boulevard
    Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    Blackpool FY4 1EZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 871 222 1234
    Other:
  • Climbing Towers
    Theme Parks
    Paulpatr Says:

    Also situated on the south side of Blackpool, Climbing Towers provides a fantastic venue for outdoor climbing in Bancroft Park. All ability levels are catered for, with bouldering walls up to 2.5 metres high. A great place to enjoy Blackpool in a less-crowded, more unique way!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Beginners and advanced climbers alike will find the perfect package for them here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Blackpool
    • Fantastic Climbing Fun 19/09/2015
    • Shut on bank holiday 05/09/2015
    • Climbing Towers
    Address:
    Stansfield St - George Bancroft Park
    Blackpool FY1 6JB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 349749
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    18:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:30 - 16:30
  • Bentleys Fish & Chip Shop
    Restaurants (British)
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Simple, traditional and tasty fish and chips - what's not to love? Pop into Bentleys for lunch on the go, or for an early supper with family or friends. The battered fish is cooked perfectly, and melts in the mouth — the chips are delicious too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The breaded fishcakes and scampi are also very nice.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 612 restaurants in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best fish and chips 22/04/2019
    • Excellent Fish and Chips 19/04/2019
    • Bentleys Fish & Chip Shop
    Address:
    131 Bond Street
    Bond street
    Blackpool FY4 1HG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 346085
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    12:00 - 19:00
    Wed - Sat
    12:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
    Performances, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Take a step back in time and treat yourself to afternoon tea and dancing in this historic ballroom. The room is stunningly elegant, and the music played through the big Wurlitzer organ just adds to the nostalgic atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book ahead if you want to sample the afternoon tea. It's also worth remembering that it's only served for one hour, between 1-2pm, so if this is a must on your list, you should plan your day around it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 Sights & Landmarks in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ballroom dancing. 23/04/2019
    • Lovely Afternoon Tea 23/04/2019
    • The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
    Address:
    Complex 2 Blackpool Road
    Promenade
    Blackpool FY2 0HR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 622242
    Other:
  • Stanley Park
    Parks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Stanley Park is a lovely peaceful park that allows you to get away from all the tourist hustle and bustle, and simply relax. Take your pick from the range of outdoor activities on offer here - from crazy golf to pedalos to trampolining - or simply find a spare park bench and watch the world go by.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can hire a boat and go fishing on the lake. Rods are not supplied however, so bring your own.
    • During the summer, open-air music concerts and other events are hosted here. Look out for details online.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great day out 22/04/2019
    • Great walk 21/04/2019
    • Stanley Park
    Address:
    West Park Drive
    Blackpool FY3 9HQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 477477
    Other:
  • Blackpool Zoo
    Zoos
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Blackpool Zoo is a 32-acre zoo that provides a home to over 1,500 animals from all over the world. There are lots of very popular exhibits to explore here, such as Gorilla Island, Lemur Wood, Orang-utan Outlook, Amazonia, and many more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online in advance and save on the same-day prices.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great day out! 23/04/2019
    • Great for the family 22/04/2019
    • Blackpool Zoo
    Address:
    East Park Drive
    Blackpool FY3 8PP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 830830
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:45
    Other:
  • Blackpool Illuminations
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paulpatr Says:

    If you're visiting Blackpool between September and December, then you literally cannot miss the several miles of illuminated streets and trams that make up the 'Blackpool Illuminations.' Founded in 1879, this historic event brings with it a buzz and encapsulates everything that's great about Blackpool. An unforgettable evening activity - take a tram tour or stroll along the promenade to admire these dazzling light displays.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • As the illuminations continue for several miles, walking the whole length can be a challenge. I recommend a tram tour, or driving yourself.
    • Check the dates of this year's festival online, including the "switch on" weekend.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 54 things to do in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Guilty pleasure 16/04/2019
    • Not as good 03/04/2019
    • Blackpool Illuminations
    Address:
    The Golden Mile
    Blackpool
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 476407
    Other:
  • McHalls Bistro
    Restaurants (British)
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    Paulpatr Says:

    For a delicious British dinner of traditional homemade food, you can't go wrong at McHalls Bistro. Every dish is very tasty, well presented, and cooked to high standards; while the service is extremely friendly and efficient. Definitely the best of British in Blackpool!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The lamb shank is amazing.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 612 restaurants in Blackpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb. 23/04/2019
    • Top class 22/04/2019
    • McHalls Bistro
    Address:
    5/7 Lord Street
    Blackpool FY1 2AZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1253 625661
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 17:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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