Anyone can enjoy what Blackpool has to offer. Whether you’re visiting with your entire family or you’re just going for a short getaway with a partner, there’s something for everyone at the UK’s favourite beach resort.
If you’re looking for a quick break without having to book a holiday from work, Blackpool is the perfect option. Whilst there’s enough activities and attractions to keep you busy for an entire week, you can still have a great time seeing this brilliant beach resort in a weekend or in a day.
Spending just one day in Blackpool but worried you’ll miss out on all the must-see things? Here’s a guide for everything you have got to see.
The Blackpool Tower Eye
Start your day off with a 380ft trip into the sky by experiencing the stunning panoramic views and the 4D Cinema that The Blackpool Tower Eye has to offer.
With the solid glass SkyWalk, you’ll have the opportunity to look across the Irish Sea and witness some of the best views across the North West of England. If you look carefully, you may be able to see as far as Liverpool and across to the Isle of Man.
You can’t visit Blackpool without experiencing one of the beautiful beaches and the entertainment on offer. With three piers, a Comedy Carpet and the iconic trams running along The Golden Mile, you’ll never run out of amazing sights and breathtaking coastlines.
Just recently, one of the Blackpool beaches was rated one of the best in Britain after being awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, which shows the high environmental and quality standards of the beach. If it’s a nice sunny day, spend some time sunbathing and paddling in the sea – it’s not every day you get chance to go on the beach!
SEA LIFE Blackpool
After experiencing the sky-high views, it’s time to explore the deepest oceans. SEA LIFE Blackpool is your perfect opportunity to see and discover more about some of your favourite creatures, including Stingrays to Seahorses.
The latest Jurassic Seas experience allows you to enter a prehistoric world and walk through the history of how sea creatures have evolved and adapted through time. You’ll be able to see Horseshoe Crabs, Mudskippers, Isopods and even a Port Jackson Shark.
You can also discover more about SEA LIFE Blackpool’s conservation efforts and beach cleans, so be sure to explore the latest news from their Ray breeding programmes.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Even if you’re only visiting Blackpool for a day, make time to step into the stylish and elegant Blackpool Tower Ballroom and experience the sophisticated dance floor and spectacular architecture inside. You’ll perhaps have already seen it on TV from its annual appearance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is perfect for spending a couple of hours relaxing and unwinding as dancers show off their best moves to the sounds of the organ. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom also plays host to some of the best afternoon teas so leave enough room for coffee and slice of cake!
Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chips
Harry Ramsden’s is a British institution and there’s no better excuse to have a hearty fish and chips supper than after a leisurely stroll along the Blackpool seafront.
Head back to The Blackpool Tower, where you’ll find a Harry Ramsden’s stocked up with all your favourites. Not only can you satisfy your tastebuds with their chip-shop classics but you can also try their burgers, hot dogs and most importantly, their ice cream sundaes. You might need two spoons for their Knickerbocker Glory – if you’re willing to share!
Arguably one of the best things about Blackpool is the fantastic Illuminations that take place every year.
Spend your last few hours in Blackpool by experiencing the biggest free light show on earth – it’s a must-see for anyone visiting this beach resort. The Illuminations take place between 2nd September and 6th November, with the cables and wiring for the lights stretching more than 74 miles and involving more than 400,000 lamps.
If you can’t make it to the Illuminations then you don’t have to miss out. Make time to visit Illuminasia, which is the world’s largest indoor illuminations experience offering a magical walk-through Chinese lantern craft and modern laser technology. Perfect for little ones too as they will love discovering the bright displays and figures.
However you choose to spend your 24 hours in Blackpool, one thing is certain; Blackpool has it all. From the perfect day out at the Blue Flag beach to discovering creatures of the deep at SEA LIFE Blackpool, there’s something here for everyone to love.
Adam Maidment writes on behalf of VisitBlackpool, the UK’s number one beach resort for families. With plenty of attractions, events and activities for all ages, Blackpool is the perfect holiday destination all year round.