Famous Blackpool Landmarks
Whether you love adventure, history, theatre, or simply good entertainment, Blackpool has a bit of everything for everyone.
From our very own Grand Theatre celebrating 125 years this year to stunning Piers and an amusement park holding many records, these famous Blackpool landmarks are some of England’s most loved.
Completed and opened in 1894, the Blackpool Tower stands at 155 metres (510 feet). You can find it at the northern end of Central Drive off the Promenade, next to Church Street. One of Blackpool’s most iconic landmarks, it’s lit by around 10,000 light bulbs during Blackpool Illuminations.
The Tower Ballroom is home to an enormous Wurlitzer Organ, featuring occasional afternoon teas. With the Undersea World Aquarium, Jungle Jim’s Adventure Playground, and Tower Circus, there’s plenty for the entire family to see and do.
And who can forget the Walk of Faith with its beautiful views from the top, or the dinosaur ride on the third floor?
Open since 1894. our very own Grand Theatre is a Grade II* listed building of Victorian design. The opening performance, Hamlet, starred Wilson Barrett in the lead role. Did you know the programme was perfumed with Tower Bouquet after being printed on pure silk?
We continue to feature fun and high-quality shows for you and your family – something that we plan on doing for many more decades to come! From children’s acts to horror shows and popular plays, there’s always something on at the Grand.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach was founded in 1896 and it remains as one of the most visited amusement parks in the UK. The Big One currently holds the record of the tallest roller coaster in the UK only but, when it opened in 1994, it was the tallest and fastest in the world. At an incline angle of 65°, it was also the steepest and one of the longest measuring 1,675 metres (5,497 feet).
The first fully inverting steel coaster in Europe, Revolution, was introduced at the park in 1979. Blackpool Pleasure Beach also has the world’s last remaining Steeplechase roller coaster, and one of only three Möbius loop roller coasters in the world.
The park holds many other records, awards, and accolades.
A Blackpool icon, the Funny Girls are a witty and colourful drag show dating back to 1994. The burlesque cabaret acts feature the original ‘Funny Girl’, star of the show, and choreographer Betty Legs Diamond.
The cast performed both on television and before royalty twice, on the Royal Variety Performance. BBC Drama Blackpool, for example, has featured the Funny Girls showbar in the backdrop.
The best seats for this extremely popular show often need to be reserved months in advance.
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Under the shadow of Blackpool Tower sits the Comedy Carpet, immortalising the British sense of humour like a Hollywood Walk of Fame. You’ll find Britain’s most well-loved comedians and writers’ jokes, catchphrases, and songs in what’s being called the Angel of the North.
Created by artist Gordon Young in association with Why Not Associates, a leading design agency, the Comedy Carpet features 850 comedians and writers. It’s a definite must-see!
Located between the North and South Piers, the Golden Mile dates back to the 19th century when fortune-tellers, oyster bars, and other similar businesses set up shop to take advantage of the passing trade.
The Golden Mile in Blackpool is a stunning extension of the town’s beaches and seafront. With a seemingly endless line of cafes, amusement arcades, ice cream shops, chippies, and tram rides, it’s the ideal place to buy a souvenir and have a spot of lunch.
It got its name due to the extremely high concentration of slot machines that used to dominate the area.
The Three Piers
The North, South, and Central Piers are located close to each other and similar in their impressive and eye-catching features. As the most historic of the three, the North Pier contains a glitzy Victorian carousel, a tram, and a popular Sun Lounge overlooking the coastline.
Closest to the town centre, the Central Pier has a huge wheel towering at over 30 metres high (100 feet) and offers amazing views over the beachfront.
The South Pier is home to the thrilling Skyscreamer, a reverse bungee that fires you approximately 45 metres (150 feet) into the air, and the Sky Coaster, a free-fall tower. You’ll also find a variety of family rides and attractions.