Blackpool is a seaside town and borough of Lancashire, North West England. The town is a unitary authority area, noted for its political autonomy, independent of Lancashire County Council. It is situated along England's northwest coast by the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Bolton and 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester. It has an estimated population of 142,100, and a population density that makes it the fourth most densely populated borough of England and Wales outside Greater London.
Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire's Hundred of Amounderness, and remained such until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable in England to travel to the coast during the summer to bathe in sea water to improve well-being. In 1781, visitors attracted to Blackpool's 7-mile (11 km) sandy beach were able to use a newly built private road, built by Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton. Stagecoaches began running to Blackpool from Manchester in the same year, and from Halifax in 1782. In the early 19th century, Henry Banks and his son-in-law John Cocker erected new buildings in Blackpool such that its population grew from less than 500 in 1801 to over 2,500 in 1851. St John's Church in Blackpool was consecrated in 1821.
Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of Northern England. The railway made it much easier and cheaper for visitors to reach Blackpool, triggering an influx of settlers, such that in 1876 Blackpool was incorporated as a borough, governed by its own town council and aldermen. In 1881 Blackpool was a booming resort with a population of 14,000 and a promenade complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops and theatres. By 1901 the population of Blackpool was 47,000, by which time its place was cemented as "the archetypal British seaside resort". By 1951 it had grown to 147,000.
Shifts in tastes, combined with opportunities for Britons to travel overseas, supplanted Blackpool's status as a leading resort during the late 20th century. Nevertheless, Blackpool's urban fabric and economy remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector, and the borough's seafront continues to attract millions of visitors every year. In addition to its sandy beaches, Blackpool's major attractions and landmarks include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, the Winter Gardens, and the UK's only surviving first-generation tramway.
Local authority: Blackpool Borough Council
OS Grid Reference: SD309358
Tourist Information Centre
1 Clifton Street
Phone 01253 478222
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Centrally located in Blackpool, Ardern Hotel offers free WiFi access, a bar, and en-suite rooms. It is just 300 metres from the Blackpool Winter Gardens and the beach is only steps away. Details...
With free parking just 10 minutes’ walk from Blackpool Tower, Sunnyside Hotel offers an all-you-can-eat cooked buffet breakfast and weekend entertainment. Blackpool’s centre is just 10 minutes away on foot. Details...
Featuring free WiFi, Franklin Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Blackpool, 200 metres from Coral Island. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms come with a TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Details...
A 5-minute walk from the Blackpool Tower, Northlands Hotel offers accommodation with a bar and games room, plus free parking and Wi-Fi. Full cooked breakfast is available to purchase if required. Details...
In the heart of the town, 5 minutes’ walk from Blackpool Tower, The Cameo guest house has received a 3-star rating from Visit England. It offers en suite rooms, a full English breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Details...
Located in Blackpool, The Lismaine Hotel offers rooms with free WiFi access and on-site private parking free of charge. The hotel lies 300 metres from Blackpool Winter Gardens and the Coral Island. Details...
Woodlands is a lovely wing of the owner's semi-detached town house in Lytham Saint Anne's. Set over the lower ground and ground floors, the property has four bedrooms along with a bathroom, shower room and cloakroom. Details...
Marsh Farm is a delightful semi-detached cottage situated on the outskirts of Great Eccleston village, five miles from Poulton-le-Fylde and eight miles from Blackpool. This cottage sleeps eleven people in five bedrooms, consisting of two doubles with en-suites, including one on the ground floor, two twins, also including one on the ground floor and a family room with a double and single bed. Details...
Woodlands is a detached cottage located in a cul-de-sac in the small Lancashire town of Garstang. The cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms - one king-size double, one ground floor king-size double, one twin and one ground floor twin. Details...
Heald Farm is a detached, stone-built cottage situated on a working farm, 3.5 miles from Garstang and 11 miles from Lancaster. This cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, consisting of one king-size double and three doubles, one of which is on the ground floor. Details...
Basil Barn is a delightful end-of-terrace holiday home set three miles from Lancaster, and less than ten minutes' walk from Lancaster Golf Club. With one ground floor double bedroom, one ground floor twin and one first floor twin with en-suite bathroom (both twins can be super king-size doubles on request), this cottage can sleep six people. Details...
Wild Duck Lodge is a detached single-storey cottage situated one mile from the Lancashire village of Mawdesley and thirteen miles from the seaside resort of Southport. This cottage sleeps four people in two double bedrooms, and also has a bathroom with corner bath, a kitchen with dining area and a sitting room. Details...