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Visiting Blackpool? Here are the top 10 things to do in Blackpool whilst you are here.
Blackpool, the UK’s favourite beach resort, has been an attraction for hundreds of years for tourists near and far. Set on the Irish coast of England there is a huge range of attractions. From its theme parks to its shows, to its picturesque scenery. For those coming to visit, we take a look at the ‘Top 10’ things to do in Blackpool.
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Things To Do In Blackpool
Grundy Art Gallery
Founded in 1911 by the Grundy brothers, The Grundy Art Gallery for over 100 years has been the centre of cultural and artistic life in Blackpool. The gallery’s recent exhibitions have included works from acclaimed artists like David Hockney and Matt Stokes.
We hope that this gives you a good overview of the top things to do in Blackpool and we really hope you have a great trip.
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Sitting in the shadow of the Blackpool Tower lies one of the world’s largest pieces of public art, the Comedy Carpet. Created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates this is Blackpool’s answer to the Hollywood Hall of Fame.
This work of art celebrates more than 1,000 loved comedians and comedy writers of Britain and their jokes, songs and catchphrases. A walk along the Comedy Carpet will surely be a barrel of laughs.
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The Grand Theatre
Built in 1894 a trip would not be complete without a visit to Blackpool Grand Theatre. The Grand is by far one of the most entertaining things to do in Blackpool. The Grand is Lancashire’s premier touring theatre and has hosted the likes of comedians Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr! The cultured performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company! The English National Ballet! And of course, you can’t forget Peppa Pig or Bing Live.
The Grand Theatre combines a beautiful building with its cavorting cherubs, baroque ceilings and cantilevered balconies with must-see entertainment.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Where better to start than the world-famous amusement park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Pleasure Beach hosts white-knuckle roller-coasters, spectacular show. It is also home to the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land so there is plenty for all visitors. The Pleasure Beach in its recent history has had visitors of the likes of Robbie Williams, David Hasselhoff and Prince William.
The much-anticipated ICON is finally here. The Pleasure Beach brings you the £16.25 million UK first ever double roller-coaster. Towering above them all is The Big One. Offering you seafront views, coupled with the thrill of being hurtled back to earth at up to 85mph. Other roller coasters include Infusion, a roller-coaster which suspends over water. The scary Valhalla, sending you around dark corridors (with a surprise around every corner). And of course the Grand National, the wooden roller-coaster, a 70-year-old treasure of the amusement park.
And then there is the only UK Nickelodeon Land, set in 6-acres of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach you will find 12 rides for children (and adults too). You will also find restaurants, games stalls and the chance to meet your favourite Nickelodeon characters. So if you fancy meeting Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants Nickelodeon Land is the place to be.
And don’t miss this year’s Hot Ice show ‘Mesmerise’ with a star-studded cast of international ice-skating stars from around the globe.
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Set in 32 scenic acres you will find The Blackpool Zoo, home to over 1,000 animals. You will find all matter of birds, reptiles, elephants, zebras, gorillas, the list is endless. As well as an amazing place to see wildlife, you are also spoilt with a beautiful setting of trees, lakes and vast lawns.
Project Elephant Base Camp represents the single biggest investment in the history of Blackpool Zoo. The state of the art facility, which opened in March 2018, has been specially designed around the complex welfare needs of the mammoth species. The indoor area is now the largest in the UK, with state of the art equipment and facilities, while the outdoor area comprises of sanded areas, a bathing pool and a landscaped grass paddock.
Base Camp is home to Kate, a 49 year old elephant who has been at Blackpool Zoo since 1972, and her 5 new companions, females Tara, Minbu, Noorjahan & Esha, and the latest arrival Emmett, a bull elephant.
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The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower is home to the Blackpool Tower Eye and SKYWALK offering up the best views of the North West of England. You can take in the amazing views of the Irish Sea, Bowland and the Lake District.
You will also find a 4D cinema with some great footage of the history of the tower! Blackpool Tower Circus where you will see some jaw-dropping stunts! And the terrifying Dudgeons, Tower Eye and the magical Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
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Blackpool’s Stanley Park is the areas number one green attraction, where you will find a Grade 2 listed facility set in the stunning historic 256 acres of parks and gardens. Stanley Park has been welcoming guests for almost 100 years since it was first opened in October 1926 by Sir Edward Villers Stanley and hosts a variety of pretty walks amongst its woodlands, lakes, ornamental gardens and amazing architecture.
Stanley Park also hosts a number of free outdoor events throughout spring and summer so bring your picnic rug and enjoy an afternoon by the bandstand.
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Come and see 2,000 spectacular aquatic creatures at Sea Life, Blackpool. This underwater paradise brings you tropical sharks, seahorses, octopus and colour reef sharks. The displays of fish are very imaginatively presented, not only the fish but other plants and creatures too.
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Blackpool Madame Tussauds
Fancy a bit of celeb spotting? You won’t struggle at Blackpool’s Madame Tussauds. Come and see the wax figures of some of Britain’s best-known celebrities like Mo Farah and Keith Lemon. You will even find a waxwork of Queen Elizabeth II as well as world-famous musicians and sports stars.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool has also recently opened a new area where it brings you your favourite Marvel Super Hero’s. You can have your picture taken with the Hulk, Thor and Spiderman as well as taking part in interactive experiences.
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We hope that this gives you a good overview of the ‘Top 10’ things to do in Blackpool and we really hope you have a great trip – Blackpool has it all!
Things to do in Blackpool – Take in a show
Take a look at what’s on at Blackpool Grand Theatre this Autumn / Winter 20/21
Blackpool Grand set out a COVID-Community Communication Programme (CCCP) during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our aims were simple, to CONNECT, COMFORT and UPLIFT. We would Connect people by offering tutorials on communication tools like Zoom and conduct community face-to-face meetings (book readings, youth groups and more). Comfort through stories of heritage, memories and storytelling, and to Uplift visitors spirits through laughter and exercise. Please do enjoy and if you can afford to donate please do.
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