From the restored and reopened tower to the thrills and spills of the Pleasure Beach and a Golden Mile of enticements, Blackpool is the epitome of the Great British seaside resort - an illuminated, year-round jamboree that draws visitors by the million.
Slowly reinventing itself for a new audience of 21st century holidaymakers, it’s the bracing, brassy antidote to the Costas – with an honest northern edge!
Blackpool is no longer served by direct express services from London or Birmingham, however Northern Rail operates regular services to York, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria (all via Preston). You can get to and from Manchester Airport with TransPennine Express , which also operates less frequent services to Barrow-in-Furness and Windermere.
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There’s an endless list of things to do in Blackpool – from going strictly aquatic at the Sea Life Centre to strictly ballroom at the Winter Gardens. And last but not least there’s the Blackpool Tramway, the UK’s original electric street tramway which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2010. No visit would be complete without a bracing open-air ride in an illuminated heritage tram.
Blackpool North’s pre-war concrete canopy houses the terminus of the branch line from Preston and connects the town with the West Coast Main Line. Travel a little further afield and you’ll find the West Lancashire Light Railway, a two foot gauge passenger steam railway in Hesketh Bank, midway between Preston and Southport.
Blackpool North Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/hym/details.html
Blackpool South Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/bps/details.html
West Lancashire Light Railway - http://www.wllr.net/
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