Blackpool - Places to See
Blackpool - Places to See
Dr Who Exhibition, central Promenade, a world of alien sights and sounds aboard the Tardis, open Easter to late October. Glass Factory, Squires Gate Lane, where Venetian glass figures are made and Hologram World, the Promenade, which claims to be Britain's largest permanent exhibition of holography, open Easter to late October.
Pleasure Beach challenges Alton Towers as Europe's greatest amusement park. Over 150 rides in 40 acres. Open April until late October. South Promenade. Splashland, swimmers plummet down inside aplastic tube, dropping almost 300ft in rushing, gushing water to land with quite a splash at the bottom. Derby Baths along the North Promenade. Stanley Park, some lovely gardens, away from the seafront, with 6 bowling greens, putting greens, children's playpark, tennis courts, trampolines, and a 26 acre lake for boats. Waxworks (Louis Tussaud's), open April to late October. Central Promenade. Winter Gardens, another family fun-filled activity centre. Open Easter to October. Church Street.
Zoo Park has a miniature railway, picnic areas, restaurant and car parks, as well as all the animals. East Park Drive. There are three piers, each with its own theatre, and the Promenade, which stretches for miles. The South Shore is the main entertainment centre, the North the sands. Travel along the Promenade from Fleetwood, in the north, down to Starr Gate, in the south, by way of Britain's only remaining town tram service - it is the way to see the illuminations.
The Illuminations (late August to end October) are dear to my heart as I once switched them on, and never have I felt such an enormous surge of power as I pulled the switch and flooded the whole of Blackpool in light for 'The Greatest Free Show on Earth'. It costs millions, is seen by millions, and it must be the North of England's greatest tourist attraction. Fifty miles of festoon strip, 75 miles of cable and wire, 375,000 bulbs, hundreds of scenic designs, tableaux, illuminated figures and features. It takes 150,000 man hours and the electricity bill must be enormous but, like The Tower, THIS IS BLACKPOOL.
As to getting there, special trains still run from many places. There are through services from London Euston and Manchester Victoria, and in summer 'over the top' and down the Colne valley trains from Leeds and Bradford direct. All for the main station at Blackpool North. Usually you have to change at Kirkham & Wesham for Blackpool South.
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