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Blackpool is one of the UK’s most iconic seaside resorts. From the rides at the Pleasure Beach to the amusements on the Golden Mile, Blackpool is packed full of fun things to do for both locals and visitors. Looking for things to do in Blackpool? You’re in the right place, with tips, tricks and savings from Groupon to help you have the time of your life in Britain’s favourite seaside town.

#1 Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Iconic Blackpool Amusement Park

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been pulling in millions of visitors annually for over a hundred years. Home to a variety of thrilling rides, the Pleasure Beach has everything from the high-altitude excitement of Big One to the wet and wild boat journey in Valhalla. It’s the perfect day out for families and kids of all ages.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

 

#2 The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Dynamic History Experience

Not for the faint hearted, The Blackpool Tower Dungeons are a spooky trip back in time to the past of Blackpool. The dungeons are filled with interactive performances and rides, and you’ll learn all about the city’s often gloomy history, from the dark magic of the Pendle Witches to the twisting maze of The Labyrinth.

 

#3 Escape Room Centre

Themed Puzzle Experiences

If you like a bit of a challenge, there is no better place to be than Blackpool’s Escape Room Centre. Featuring six challenging puzzles, the Escape Room Centre requires you to use only your brainpower to find the way out of a locked room. Exploring different themes from an Egyptian crypt to a Cold War thriller - can you solve the mysteries?

escape room centre

 

#4 blackpool tower

Landmark Tower

Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, Blackpool Tower has been an iconic landmark of the city since it was built in 1894. At the bottom of the spire you can attend stylish performances in the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Or if you’re feeling brave, climb 380ft to the top for stunning views of Blackpool and the sea.

 

#5 Winter Gardens

Entertainment Complex

The Winter Gardens hosts some of the city’s biggest events and shows. From ballroom dancing to a punk festival and everything in between, there’s bound to be something to catch your fancy. The Winter Gardens also offers a range of choices if you’re after something to eat or drink.

 

#6 Madame Tussauds

Waxworks Museum

Fancy meeting some celebrities in Blackpool? Madame Tussauds Blackpool offers the next best thing with their array of lifelike waxworks. Get up close and personal with your favourite comic book characters in the Marvel Super Heroes display or grab a selfie with the Queen herself in Best of British.

 

#7 Big One

Blackpool’s Biggest Rollercoaster

For the real thrill seekers out there, there’s no rival to the high-speed adrenaline rush of Big One. Clocking in at a whopping 235ft high and reaching speeds of 87 mph, Big One is the ultimate rollercoaster experience in Blackpool. Try not to scream too much or you’ll ruin the photo which is taken as you hurtle towards the end.

 

#8 North Pier

Historic Victorian Pier

Life has returned to the oldest of Blackpool’s three piers, restored in 2014. At the foot of the pier you’ll find shopping, family activities, and the much-loved North Pier Theatre, which features regular performances including fantastic pantomimes. A stroll to the end of the pier will lead you to plenty of more attractions, including the Carousel Bar.

north pier

 

#9 SEA LIFE

Aquarium & Conservation Centre

Home to a wonderful variety of aquatic animals, SEA LIFE Blackpool is the perfect destination for a family day out. Discover an amazing collection of sea creatures, and head to the interactive rockpools for one of many hands-on experiences at SEA LIFE. Feeling brave? SEA LIFE Blackpool even offers the chance to snorkel with sharks.

sea life

 

#10 Blackpool Zoo

Zoo & Animal Experience

A short hop away from the city, Blackpool Zoo is home to an exciting range of animals, from tigers and gorillas to elephants and sealions. A visit to Blackpool Zoo can go beyond what you’d usually expect from a zoo, with a series of hands-on animal experiences which include tickling tapirs and even feeding tigers.

 

#11 stanley park

Leafy City Park

A welcome break from the crowds and lights of Blackpool, Stanley Park is 260 acres of picturesque greenery. The park is the perfect spot for a stroll, but it also has lots of other points of interest, from the boating lake to the model village. Make sure to stop by the beautiful Parks Art Deco Café for a cup of tea.

 

#12 comedy clubs

Live Comedy in Blackpool

Blackpool has long had a reputation for fantastic live comedy and there are many great comedy clubs to visit, especially near the North Pier. The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club and Viva Comedy Station are some of the city’s best, featuring both up and coming acts and well-established favourites.

blackpool comedy clubs

 

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MAKING THE MOST OF blackpool WITH GROUPON

As one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, Blackpool features lots of things to do for absolutely everyone, from locals to first time visitors. There’s plenty to keep you occupied from dawn till dusk, and Groupon are here with tips, tricks and savings to help you get the most out of Blackpool.

Free things to do in Blackpool

Having a good time in Blackpool doesn’t have to cost you a thing, as there’s so many fantastic things to see and do for free. You can get a real taste and feel for the city with a walk down the promenade or a visit to the beach – when the sun is out, you might even feel like braving a splash in the Irish Sea. At the foot of the Blackpool Tower, there’s plenty to read on the Comedy Carpet, a walk-on celebration of the city’s comedic culture – complete with jokes and quotes from 850 British comedians.

Looking to soak up some culture? Head down from the South Pier and admire the Great Promenade Show, ten pieces of stunning outdoor public artworks. If the weather isn’t good enough for an outdoor art exhibition, have a wander in the Grundy Art Gallery on Queen Street (with free admission).

What to do in Blackpool this weekend?

Looking for things to do in Blackpool this weekend? A natural place to start is the Pleasure Beach, with lots of exciting rides and experiences to try out. If you’re after a family day out with younger kids, you could stop by the park’s Nickelodeon Land, packed full of themed rides from the SpongeBob Splash Bash to the Rugrats Lost River.

Don’t let rain get in the way of a weekend of fun – the Sandcastle Waterpark is the UK’s biggest indoor waterpark, and the best way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. Filled to the brim with flumes, pools and other attractions, Sandcastle Waterpark offers oodles of choices for a weekend of family fun. Make sure to try the Aztec Falls flume for a really big splash.

Romantic things to do in Blackpool

While you might think of it as a family destination, Blackpool also has lots of things to do for couples. The top of Blackpool Tower offers fantastic views of the area, but also houses Bar 380, the highest bar in Lancashire – perfect for taking in the view while enjoying a drink.

Looking for things to do in Blackpool at night together? Head to one of the city’s many venues for a fantastic live performance of anything from ballroom dancing to stand-up comedy. The Winter Gardens is a popular destination with plenty of different venues to choose from, but don’t be afraid to head to one of the smaller venues, like The Soul Suite, for a more intimate experience.

Things to do near Blackpool’s Central Pier

The Central Pier is the heart of Blackpool, and where you’ll find many of the city’s biggest attractions. Madame Tussauds is nearby if you’d like to meet one of your favourite celebrities, or you could head down the pier itself and give the Ferris wheel a try for a bird’s eye view of Blackpool.

If you’re in Blackpool from August to November, the Central Pier is also one of the best places to see the Blackpool Illuminations. This lights festival sees the promenade and piers covered in colourful lights, making for a truly spectacular display.

Essential travel tips & hacks for Blackpool

Is this your first time in Blackpool? You might find these travel tips and hacks useful for your trip:

  • The biggest destinations in Blackpool will often offer discounts if you book in advance, so make sure to check online before visiting
  • Pick up a Family Day Saver ticket to save on unlimited group travel on buses and trams for the whole day
  • If you’re not up for facing the bigger rides, you can save money by buying basic tickets at the Sandcastle Waterpark, for access to the pools and some flumes
  • Check for feeding times at SEA LIFE Blackpool before you visit for the best experience

What’s the weather like in Blackpool?

The weather in Blackpool can be quite unpredictable like the rest of the UK, but it is generally cold in the winter and warm in the summer, with typically overcast skies. It is best to check the local forecasts before you head out for a day in Blackpool, so you can plan your time and activities around the weather.

Season 

Min. temperature 

Max. temperature 

Winter 

1.9°C 

7.2°C 

Spring 

4.7°C 

12.1°C 

Summer 

12.8°C 

19.6°C 

Autumn 

7.6°C 

13.9°C 

How do I get around Blackpool?

Blackpool is quite a compact city, so getting around is usually easy, either on public transport or by foot. The Blackpool Tramway runs down the length of the seafront, with trams running every ten minutes or so. Alternatively, buses provide transport around the entire city and beyond.

For train travel north and south, head to Blackpool North or Blackpool South respectively. Trains run from both Blackpool North and Blackpool South to Blackpool Pleasure Beach train station, providing easy access to the attractions.

Local private hire taxis, Uber, and cabs are all available in Blackpool for convenience. If you’re after a more scenic form of transport around the seafront, you could also give one of Blackpool’s famous horse-drawn Landaus a try.

From the top of Blackpool Tower to the tiger enclosure at Blackpool Zoo, you can now look forward to enjoying the very best that Blackpool has to offer, for less – all thanks to Groupon.