With a host of awards for accommodating group travel as a friendly, value-for-money destination, there’s no better place than Blackpool for organised group holidays.
There’s easy access to the town and plenty to enjoy - with many attractions offering group discounts. For more information about group discounts at our attractions call the Tourist Information Centre on (01253) 478222.
Come with us, step back in time and enjoy our guided tours of two great Blackpool heritage sites – the Winter Gardens and Stanley Park. Be engaged, enthralled and entertained by our expert, fully trained and knowledgeable guides. The tours for both venues can be booked here or by contacting the Tourist Information Centre on (01253) 478222. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
No group travelling to Blackpool in the autumn could miss the unique experience of Blackpool Illuminations. In 2013 they will be switched on from August 30 until November 10.
Coach operators can book specialist Blackpool Illumination guides for their passengers. Contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01253 478222 for more information.
For more details of group travel in Blackpool visit our dedicated Group Travel pages.
Blackpool is constantly evolving; yet warm welcomes, dedication to entertainment and a unique family atmosphere remain at the heart of the resort.
Planning a family holiday?
With so much to do and see in Blackpool it isn’t hard to find something for all the family to enjoy. From riding Europe’s tallest rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to a gentle donkey ride down the promenade...
Home to more than 1,500 animals, birds and insects, Blackpool Zoo offers a fantastic family day out. From Lions to Lizards there is something there for everyone.
Whether you are looking for the white-knuckle thrills of the Big One or a gentle cruise around Dora’s World Voyage; Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Land have something to offer all ages.
Sing with the King of Pop or curtsey before Her Majesty The Queen, from TV favourites to sporting legends, this is the best place to meet your heroes.
Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 1,000 spectacular aquatic creatures SEA LIFE Blackpool is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet!
Experience 10 exciting shows detailing more than 1,000 years of Blackpool’s gruesome history, with a heart stopping ride to finish it all off!
Experience something new at The Blackpool Tower on every floor, from the wonderful 4D cinema experience, to the breathtaking views from The Blackpool Tower Eye, as well as circus magic and elegant dancing.
With more than 18 slides and attractions Sandcastle Waterpark is the UK’s largest Indoor Waterpark offering something to entertain the whole family.
With 100s of hand crafted models set in 2 ½ acres of stunning landscaped gardens there is plenty to see to spark your imagination.
There’s no better place for family fun than Blackpool - where we have a great calendar of events and shows to keep any family entertained throughout the year.
And don’t forget new for 2013 is the Blackpool Resort Pass! Giving you NINE attractions for one amazing price. Including;
All for £77.50, saving you more than £55
We hope you have a wonderful family holiday here in Blackpool!
Blackpool is perfect for the young and the young at heart – with attractions and events galore to delight the senses and add a little extra fun to any holiday.
For excitement and thrills you can spend a day at Sandcastle Waterpark enjoying 18 slides and attractions including the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster. Blackpool has rides galore, so if all the fun of the fair is on your holiday 'to do' list then make sure you pay us a visit! Whether it's the big wheel and more on Central Pier or the thrills of the Pleasure Beach Resort , there's something for all ride lovers.
For the animal lover amongst you enjoy the wildlife we have on offer – Blackpool Zoo is home to 1,500 animals, birds and insects from all over the world whilst the brilliant SEA LIFE Blackpool offers underwater explorers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the deep's most fearsome predators in their shark tunnel.
You can get a little start struck at Madame Tussauds Blackpool . This engaging and interactive attraction grants you an audience with some of Britain’s best known celebrities; from Keith Lemon to HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
The Blackpool Tower Eye and SKYWALK offer the best views across the North West of England from the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower. You can also journey into the depths of The Blackpool Tower Dungeon for the trip of a lifetime; a full cast of brilliant actors, ten shows backed with laughs and frights, a perfect mix of fun and fear.
Of course you can’t miss the greatest free show on earth as the Blackpool Illuminations shine from 30 August - 10 November 2013. Beloved by generations of children from Lancashire, the UK and beyond, this wonderland of lights is unlike anything else in the world. Why not try it by tram, bike or landau this year? And be sure to join us for Switch On Weekend from Friday 30 August 2013, featuring special celebrity guests.
For some relaxation take a trip to the picturesque North Pier and take a walk out over the Irish Sea with an ice cream or try Blackpool Model Village where you can travel from a Scottish Castle to a Cornish fishing village in a few steps as you experience this wonderful world in miniature. Take a boat out Stanley Park’s Boating lake and while away some time picnicing in one of the many lawned areas.
The fun and excitement is non-stop. Blackpool is crammed with awesome sporting activities for everyone – whatever your age. You name it; Britain’s favourite beach resort has got it!
Set in the tranquillity of Blackpool’s countryside is Blackpool Wakepark, boasting a 10 acre lake created from a natural spring, with the UK’s first System 2.0 – perfect for beginners and advanced riders. Open throughout the year, they offer a wide variety of events and activities from wakeboarding to open water swimming.
Take in a round of golf on Blackpool’s 18-hole Stanley Park golf course, offering excellent rounds of golf at competitive prices for all. For the golfing enthusiast, it’s worth remembering that Blackpool is a great base for England’s Golf Coast, with the highest concentration of championship links golf courses in the world, including Royal Lytham, one of the premier links courses in the world.
If you have a head for heights, but have already visited The Blackpool Tower, you can experience the 20 metre high climbing towers, situated on George Bancroft Park in the South of Blackpool. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a rock god, there’s something for everyone with overhanging, vertical and easy-angled routes.
Modern life can involve a lot of stress, and holidays are all about relaxing and creating some time and space just for you. Whatever your passion, there’s somewhere to indulge it in Blackpool.
If you’ve a passion for fashion then indulge in some serious retail therapy with a visit to the Houndshill Shopping Centre. With major high street brands including Debenhams, RiverIsland and New Look, it’s a shoppers paradise.
If you want some ‘me time’ relax in the luxury spa at the Village Heron’s Reach. Indulge in a stress-busting, muscle-easing massage, a lavish facial or a luxurious pamper package and let your cares drift away.
Why deny your romantic side? Blackpool is the perfect place to cuddle up with a loved one and where better to stay than Number One South Beach? Hosts Mark and Claire Smith offer hassle-free, friendly surroundings – perfect for a decadent, yet surprisingly affordable, romantic getaway. Or if you prefer to cater for your loved one why not have a romantic weekend in one of the seven 5-star self-catering apartments that make up the Beach House. Book the champagne suite and there’s a chilled bottle of bubbly waiting for you on arrival – sheer holiday bliss!
Set your taste-buds a-tingling at Beach House,Blackpool’s newest, unique, Bistro Bar. Set in an iconic building situated in a vibrant environment directly on the beach front with breathtaking views. Elevate your senses and discover a mix of tantalising dishes, great cocktails and a blend of contemporary cuisine in a chic, captivating atmosphere.
Indulge in some serious retail therapy by shopping in Blackpool where the glamorous Houndshill Shopping Centre is situated right at the heart of the resort, just a stones throw away from the Promenade and perfect for shopping indulgence!
Fashionistas can sample the delights of Primark, H&M, New Look, Next, Debenhams and RiverIsland; whilst techno-types will enjoy HMV and a host of mobile phone stores and the kids will enjoy the Disney Store, Early Learning Centre and the Build-A-Bear® store.
Venture outside the Centre and try the markets and individual boutique stores of the resort. If you love designer brands, be sure to save some time for the delectable designer department store Blueberries on Topping Street – packed with gorgeous garments, fabulous footwear and amazing accessories for men and women.
Love to shop? Love Blackpool!
Looking for arts, culture and heritage then you are spoilt for choice in Blackpool. Whether it’s being swept away by a West End musical, taking a stroll along the golden sands or enjoying a picnic in the park, it’s all here....
Take in a show at Blackpool’s beautiful Grand Theatre, a stunning Victorian theatre designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham. There’s a packed year-round programme of live theatre from opera, ballet, plays, comedies, and musicals to contemporary dance and fun children’s shows.
Why not take a trip down memory lane with The Blackpool Tower Heritage Tours and discover the history of one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks. Full accredited guides will give you an insight into how this stunning Grade 1 listed building was created and the incredible stories it has witnessed.
The highly acclaimed Grundy Art Gallery, built in 1911, has an ever-changing programme of captivating exhibitions throughout the year. Or for a taste of cool, contemporary art, try Blott Artist Studios on Caunce Street where a regularly changing exhibition of local professional artists will delight your eyes.
There’s always something to see at the stunning Winter Gardens, home of the 2009 Royal Variety Performance. This wonderful palace of entertainment houses a complex of theatres and show venues, including the opulent Empress Ballroom, and the recently refurbished Floral Hall.
More modern culture awaits along New South Promenade – where a high tide organ, the world’s largest mirrorball and fibre optic rocks that play music are just some of the delights waiting to be seen and heard along the Great Promenade Show.
Enjoy some refreshments in the fabulous Art Deco café at Stanley Park and don’t miss the range of events, including a series of FREE concerts run at StanleyPark bandstand from June to September; from classical to jazz and musicals to modern favourites performed by the very best local talent.
Proud to fly the Rainbow Flag
The Rainbow Flag flies proudly from the top of The Blackpool Tower each June to mark the annual Pride festival, which this year takes place on 8 and 9 June. You can be sure of a famous northern warm welcome whenever you visit Blackpool, whether you are coming for a quiet cultural break, family fun or to dance the night away.
Night on the Town
Blackpool has always been a mecca for gay and gay-friendly nightlife – in fact you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to venues for a great night out.
If you are looking for a night of big laughs paired with an assortment of awe-inspiring entertainment, Funny Girls has it all.
For cabaret and dancing try out The Mardi Gras or Kaos on Queen Street and make time for a visit to Lucy’s @ Tobago on Talbot Road. For one of the country’s oldest and best loved gay nightclubs, there’s The Flamingo, a multi-levelled, clubbers paradise.
Culture A Go-Go
With its changing programme of exhibitions the Grundy Art Gallery is a great place to begin any culture tour. And if you love stunning architecture, make sure your next stops are the beautiful Winter Gardens, The Tower Ballroom & Circus, and the Grand Theatre. Why not enjoy some fresh sea air while you immerse yourself in the wonderful sculptures along the prom with the Great Promenade Show and make time for a trip to beautiful Stanley Park – lovingly restored with Heritage Lottery money and a fantastic place for a romantic stroll or picnic
Sample all the delights of the High Street in the Houndshill or pay a visit to Blueberries boutique department store on Topping Street – three fabulous floors of high-end fashion featuring all your favourite designers.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
Blackpool accommodation providers are very welcoming and will go out of their way to make your stay special. Blackpool Accommodation for Gays (BAG's) is the largest independently gay owned holiday accommodation association in Europe. Established primarily to ensure reputable accommodation for the gay visitor to Blackpool. Click here for details of some these LGBT hotel and guest houses in Blackpool.
If you’re conscious of your effect on the environment and want to make your visit green, then you’re in the right place!
Take a trip to Marton Mere, once part of Blackpool’s refuse site and now an ecological hot spot that is nationally recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest!
Find out how Blackpool Zoo is working to conserve our wildlife and enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of the natural world as you encounter more then 1,500 animals. Or enjoy the great outdoors and join the resort’s Park Rangers on a series of fun events and activities throughout the summer months which include guided nature walks, talks, children’s activities and workshops.
Pay a visit to the Solaris Centre on New South Promenade for plenty of tips and advice on energy saving techniques you can use at home. Find out more with interactive displays, enjoy the Carbon Neutral Garden or sample some Fair Trade produce in the Lite Bites café. A number of places to stay and attractions in Blackpool participate in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have received accreditation. Click here for more information.
There’s plenty of fun for all in Blackpool, whatever your age!
Enjoy fresh air, entertainment and plenty of heritage at a pace that suits you. Spend a night at the theatre with one of the delightful shows on offer in the resort's many theatres. A West End musical or a top comedian on Europe's largest stage at the Opera House, ballet or drama at the beautiful Grand Theatre, or feathers and razzamatazz at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
For a relaxing afternoon why not visit the latest exhibition or installation at the Grundy Art Gallery on Queen Street? Or take a stroll around Stanley Park - the jewel in Blackpool’s crown is a real treat. Venture down to North Pier and follow in the footsteps of millions who have made the same journey since it opened back in 1863.
If you've got Strictly fever, then there's no better place than Blackpool to do a ballroom blitz! With two stunning ballrooms – located in The Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens, there's a whole programme of shows and competitions to enjoy.
Why not come with us, step back in time and enjoy our guided tours of two great Blackpool heritage sites – the Winter Gardens and Stanley Park? Be engaged, enthralled and entertained by our expert, fully trained and knowledgeable guides. The tours for both venues can be booked on-line or by contacting the Tourist Information Centre on (01253) 478222. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
Join us to salute the brave men and women who have fought for this country and who continue to do so today as Blackpool celebrates Armed Forces Week bigger and better than anywhere else – with a whole week of events, this year taking place from June 24 – 30.
Whether you are looking for an action packed day or a great night out Blackpool is just the place for any student to travel to. With a host of accommodation for all budgets and plenty of attractions, come see for yourself why we are the UK’s favourite beach resort.
Why not indulge in Blackpool’s famous nightlife? From quiet bars to clubs where you can dance the night away, it’s the perfect place to meet up with friends for a night on the town.
If you find yourself strapped for cash Blackpool still has plenty to offer. The Grundy Art Gallery on Queen Street plays host to some of the UK’s top contemporary artists, and if art really is your thing, then the Great Promenade Show with its oversized artworks is a free and awe inspiring outdoor exhibition well worth a visit.
White-knuckle-seekers can experience the adrenalin of the Pepsi Max Big One, Infusion and other thrilling rides to set the pulse racing at the world-famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Or how about enjoying the thrill of a late night in The Blackpool Tower Dungeon as they host new for 2013 evening events?
Tickets always go fast here in Blackpool, but when there are acts such as Paloma Faith, Stereophonics and Ed Sheeran it’s not really surprising. Whether you’re in the Winter Gardens, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom or at North Pier, you will not be disappointed.
Rain in Blackpool - you won't care... As the UK’s most popular seaside resort Blackpool prides itself on being able to offer you a fantastic holiday 365 days of the year.
With an abundance of indoor attractions, cultural exhibitions and heritage tours you will never be stuck for ideas. If the sun shines, great, you can get down to the beach, stroll along the Prom and enjoy the resort’s top outdoor attractions.
If it rains, then there is still plenty to do…
The Uk’s largest indoor waterpark is waiting to welcome you. enjoy 84o tropical heat and delight as you experience more than 18 slides and attractions. perfect any day but if it’s wet outside step into the Sandcastle and you’ll truly feel like you’re on a tropical holiday.
Spend some time with Blackpool’s expert Blue-Badge trained Heritage Guides and wonder at the glorious history of the Winter Gardens. This Grade II* listed property is steeped in history. It first opened its doors in 1878 and is home to 12 different venues including a theatre, ballroom and conference facilities.
Grundy Art Gallery
The Grundy art Gallery is situated in a beautiful edwardian Grade II listed building in the centre of Blackpool. The gallery is open throughout the year and hosts a vibrant programme of contemporary art, frequently drawing on its permanent collection, which includes Victorian and Modern British paintings.
Call: 01253 478 170
The Blackpool Tower
you’ll be singing in the rain as you twirl around the fabulous Blackpool Tower Ballroom and why not enjoy a break with afternoon Tea served in these most magnificent of surroundings.
The fun never stops at The Blackpool Tower Circus or, if you’re dare-devil enough, why not experience The Blackpool Tower Dungeon or the heady heights of the SkyWalk at the top of the Tower?
come meet your favourite celebrity as you journey through the world of TV, music, film, sport and comedy. Whether it’s the Two ronnies, SuBo, keith lemon or Wills and kate, you are sure to have a great time. don’t forget your camera!
SEA LIFE Blackpool
enjoy an underwater journey discovering the living seas and conservation issues of today. If you’re brave enough hold a crab, touch a starfish or have a special manicure from the cleaner shrimps.
Or for a real treat, why not arrange to hop in a tank and feed the sharks!