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Blackpool has several distinct neighbourhoods. It is made up of 3 distinct zones - North Shore (including Bispham), Central and South Shore (including Marton). Each zone has its own distinct identity and something valuable to offer for visitors.
North Shore is one of the quietest and least touristy areas of Blackpool, mainly consisting of nice residential neighbourhoods, industry and business parks. However many of the town's largest and arguably the most highly rated hotels are situated on the promenade in this area. The village of Bispham is situated at the far north of Blackpool and has shops, a small supermarket, pubs and very good restaurants, so is well worth a visit if you are staying in area. North Shore promenade also boasts the least crowded of all sections of this town's coastline and is well worth a visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Central Blackpool is where a lot of the action is from a nightlife point of view. Mainly comprising the town's guest houses, main transport links, large shopping area, and hundreds of bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Not to mention Blackpool Tower, Winter Gardens, the Grand Theatre, Sea Life, North and Central Pier and lots and lots of arcades. However, backing this mecca of entertainment is one of Blackpool's oldest residential areas. Although not much to look at and a bit rough and seedy in parts, a wander around the quiet back streets can be very revealing and interesting. Small link roads of the main road reveal the best fish and chip shops, lots of great cafes and little trinket shops. For a great pint, try the Pump and Truncheon pub, Bonny Street (behind the Sea Life Centre).
South Shore is a favourite neighbourhood, however sadly run down in parts. It has everything. It has the town's busiest sections of promenade, with the Pleasure Beach, South Pier and Sandcastle Waterworld all within 5 minutes' walking distance. However, south shore also has a large shopping area with lots of good appliance and food shops, supermarkets, cafes, excellent restaurants and some good pubs.
It also has the most beautiful section of promenade (New South Promenade) stretching from the Pleasure Beach all the way to Squires Gate Lane sand dunes. This recently renovated promenade walk is a structural masterpiece, comprising fabulous views and interesting art sculptures. But South Shore mostly contains a huge residential area. Marton is especially nice with high market properties, beautiful parks including one of the country's largest - Stanley Park , arguably the best fish and chip restaurant The Cottage Chippy! The best restaurant is the Sea Food Restaurant on Bond Street. Christmas down south shore is a particular sight as many of the local residents take their Xmas decorations very seriously indeed and a march down Waterloo Road in mid December will prove the point.