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I love Blackpool.
Five minutes after disembarking from my coach, I know I was gonna fall in love with the city and come back several times.
Before I left, I told a few people that I was coming to Blackpool after Christmas. They discouraged me outrightly saying that Blackpool was better experienced in the Summer rather than Winter. Well, their argument was logical enough. Except that I wasn’t about to wait until Summer when it was crowded and busy to experience Blackpool. So I booked a National Express return coach ticket and set off. Thankfully, it was about an hour away from Manchester so we arrived soon enough. Although it was extra freezing cold because of the beach, I enjoyed my trip and took it all in grand stride.
As with my other day trips in Liverpool, Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent, I opted for a walking tour of Blackpool as opposed to taking a bus or a tour coach. Rather than experiencing a city all at once via a tour coach, I found out that I always prefer to walk as far as my legs can take me. That way I’m soaking in all the culture of that city while burning some serious calories. A win-win situation if you ask me.
My Blackpool Walking Tour
When I first arrived at Blackpool, I was a bit confused about where to start walking. While I had used visitblackpool.com to have an idea of the major attractions in the city, I felt like there was so much to take in all at once.
You see, there’s a reason why Blackpool is called the Las Vegas of the UK. I haven’t been to Vegas but I have watched enough movies to know what is like. Blackpool is filled with all sorts of sights, sounds and fun attractions like casinos, funfairs, games and rides for the whole family. To top it all up, most if not all of these attractions are by the seaside. It’s a dream vacation for anyone who wants to have some fun and relax by the beach as well.
The first thing I could see from the coach station was the iconic Blackpool Tower. Immediately I saw it, I was so excited to know that I was on the right path and I didn’t have to go too far to see one of the most important attractions.
For obvious reasons, I avoided going straight to the beach. I didn’t even know that it wasn’t that far away. I just decided that it was going to be the last thing I was gonna see. But lo and behold, the beach was just around the corner.
My actual Blackpool itinerary
I started walking from the Bank Hey Street which was basically the second ‘back door’ entrance to the Coral Island, the Blackpool Dungeon and the Blackpool Tower.
Then I walked towards the Church Street which had the Grand Theatre. The. I took a U-turn and walked towards Victoria Street which had the Winter Gardens and the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
Can I just say the Christmas decor at Houndshill Shopping Centre was so gorgeous that I had to go in and soak it all in?
Then I finally worked towards Blackpool Beach. Listen, I’ve never been so happy to see the beach. The water instantly uplifted my mood. I stayed for a bit, asked a cute teenager to take a few pictures of me and decided to explore further.
Now, opposite the beach was a different ball game entirely. While the beach was quiet and serene even though it was slightly busy, the major attractions in Blackpool were all located opposite the beach on a street called Promenade. But first I walked from the South Pier to Central Pier of the beach which hosted the Central Pier Family Entertainment Centre as well as the Blackpool Big Wheel.
Then I crossed over to the Promenade Street which had SEA Life Centre, Madame Tussauds, Coral Island, Golden Mile Amusements and a host of other attractions. It was such a long walk from the Central Pier to the North Pier but was absolutely worth it.
Of course, I did not forget to get some typical British Street food of hot dogs and ice cream and a couple of fridge magnets as souvenirs.
After the long walk, I was exhausted but still had about two hours to kill before my coach departed. So I went back to the seaside to enjoy the sunset (which was breathtaking BTW) before it got dark.
Then I spent about 30 minutes in the Coral Island casino trying my hands on the claw machine to no avail. I eventually just settled on watching other games to pass the time.
Will I be coming back to Blackpool?
Do you even need to ask?
Can’t you tell?
I’m also looking forward to exploring other parts of Blackpool that I didn’t get to.
Now it is important to note that this day trip was mostly free. I didn’t pay for anything (asides from the £1 at the claw machine) because I didn’t want to. But if you want to really experience what Blackpool has to offer, it is advisable to pay for some of the attractions.
10 Things To Do In Blackpool
- Play a few games at the Coral Island Casino
- Visit the Blackpool Dungeon.
- Take a tour of the Blackpool Tower
- Watch a play at the Grand Theatre.
- Buy a few things at the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
- Watch a play at the Winter Gardens.
- Take pictures at Madame Tussauds.
- Watch the sunset at the Blackpool beach.
- Play with sea creatures at the SEA Life Centre.
- Take an evening stroll from the Central Pier all the way to the North Pier.
Watch a short clip of the entire walking tour.