What to See in Blackpool

Explore what to see in Blackpool with Avanti. From iconic landmarks to seaside charm and historical wonders. See what will make your trip unforgettable.

Becky blog author avanti social team

By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 27 May 2024

Blackpool's reputation for lively attractions and seaside charm is well-deserved. But its visual appeal goes beyond the beachfront bustle.

Get your cameras ready to capture Blackpool’s landmarks, iconic views, charming cultural spots, and rich history. Let's explore what makes this town a must-see destination.

Find the best things to see in Blackpool

Blackpool offers many spectacular views, with a variety of places to discover. Explore its iconic sights, vibrant cultural hotspots, and its charming seaside history.

The Blackpool skyline

Blackpool boasts a unique skyline that's a visual feast for the eyes, with the dominating presence of The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the Central Wheel adding that classic seaside charm, and Blackpool Tower standing tall and proud.

Head to the individual attractions to experience the landmarks up close, or venture over to the beach when the tide is out to see the skyline in its full glory.

The most Instagrammable places in Blackpool

For sweeping views of the coastline, head to the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower. See the curve of the beach, the rides of the amusement park, and the town stretching out in the distance.

Take a stroll along North, Central, and South Piers for classic seaside scenery. Experience the historic architecture of the piers, the soaring seagulls, and the gently rolling waves.

After dark, experience the magic of the Blackpool Illuminations. This light display transforms the promenade into a vibrant wonderland, perfect for long exposure shots.

Blackpool North pier

Cultural hotspots

Start your cultural tour of Blackpool with an immersive visit to the Grundy Art Gallery. This Blackpool art gallery features contemporary art from both local and international artists. These new perspectives could even spark your imagination.

Then, enjoy a lighthearted stroll along the Comedy Carpet. This outdoor artwork shows British comedy heroes with their iconic catchphrases and TV moments.

For something a little more unusual, delve into the fascinating world of oddities at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. This Blackpool museum offers strange artefacts, illusions, and exhibits to intrigue your senses.

There’s also Showtown Museum, which showcases Blackpool's entertainment legacy with a host of fun interactive activities for the whole family. A brand new addition to Blackpool in 2024, it celebrates the singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and entertainers who all helped to turn Blackpool into the home of show business.

Blackpool parks

Take a stroll in Stanley Park, which was voted England's best park in 2023. This green oasis is packed full of history alongside its stunning beauty.

Located opposite Blackpool Zoo, immerse yourself in lush landscapes, Victorian architecture, and catch a performance at the bandstand during British Summer Time. Whether you're craving a peaceful walk, a family picnic, or a bit of cultural indulgence, Stanley Park has you covered.

Seaside spots

Keep exploring Blackpool's history with the architecture at the Blackpool Winter Gardens complex. Its historic facade and grand interior are an excellent opportunity to bring out your camera.

If you’re seeking to pair tranquillity with Blackpool’s viewpoints, take a walk at Stanley Park. The largest park in the town, it offers a relaxing break from the bustling beachfront. Enjoy its calming atmosphere with a stroll beside the lake and through the gardens.

For a final memorable experience, you can step back in time with the Heritage Tram Stop. Here, you can board a vintage tram and take a nostalgic ride across the Blackpool seafront.

Fountain in Stanley Park

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