Visit BlackPool: England’s Answer To Las Vegas

10 reasons to visit BlackPool: England's Version of Las Vegas

If you’re planning on visiting the UK, and want to visit someplace fun for the ENTIRE family other than LONDON, you should visit Blackpool. Here are 10 reasons to visit.

BlackPool draws over 10 million visitors every year.

Located in Lancashire, just 250 mi / 400 km north west of London on the coast of the Irish Sea, Blackpool has been one of Englands most popular seaside holiday resorts since the 1800’s, when it became fashionable to bathe in the sea water for health.

Some say that Blackpool is Britain’s answer to Las Vegas because there is literally something for everyone from fun amusement parks and bustling beaches to a vibrant nightlife, gambling, water parks and more.  It even has it’s own sports team. Let’s dive into the top 10 most notable places that attract over 10 million visitors per year.



1- Blackpool Tower

Inspired by the Paris Eiffel Tower, the Blackpool tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Blackpool. It first opened in 1894 and is over 500 ft. / 158 m tall. If you visit on a sunny day and take the lift to the top you can see for miles then grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants at the base of the tower.


2- Blackpool Grand Theatre

After a day at the beach, what could be better than to go see a show at the Blackpool Grand Theatre? A beautiful theatre that is worth a visit even if only to see the building itself because it has been remodelled beautifully. Depending on when you go, you can see a traditional play, musical, opera, dance, ballet or the yearly pantomime show.sand-castle-water-park-blac.jpg

3- Sandcastle Waterpark

Have kids or love water parks?

Go check out Sandcastle water park which is the largest indoor waterpark in the UK. Be sure to block out a whole day for this park because there are over 18 rides which you will want to ride over and over again.

If you really want to get daring, take a ride on “the Master Blaster”, the worlds longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide which measures over 250 m (820 ft.).

 Blackpool beach

4- Blackpool Pleasure Beach

If you love amusement parks than you will love visiting Blackpool’s pleasure beach, the UK’s most visited tourist attraction and one of the most visited amusement parks IN THE WORLD. There are nearly 40 rides and attractions, including ten roller coasters that are made of wood… Pleasure Beach is also one of the few parks left in the world to operate a traditional wooden Wild Mouse coaster.

blackpool zoo

5- Blackpool Zoo

Like Zoos? Blackpool has a zoo with over 1,500 animals from all over the world from lions and tigers, lemurs and gorillas and a children’s farm where kids can pet and feed some cute little animals.

blackpool tram: oldest tram system in England

6- Blackpool Tram

A tram, otherwise known as streetcars, trolleys or light rail depending on where you are in the world are usually powered by electricity.

Blackpool’s tramway is the first electric tramway operated in Britain and also the only first generational tram still in operation in Britain.

Tourists and tram enthusiasts come from all over the world just to ride the Blackpool tram which has been running since 1885. During the summer, there are a total of 65 trams that can run at any time one over 11.5 miles of track.

paris casino blackpool

7- Paris Casino

If you want to do a little gambling, you can head over to the Paris Casino; a relaxed casino with helpful, friendly staff and a good selection of tables and games. Not quite as grand as Las Vegas but for the light hearted gambler it’s perfect.

blackpool tower dungeon

8-The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

If you enjoy a dose of terror mixed with history than you are going to die when you visit the Blackpool Tower Dungeon. Learn about horrifying history from real actors, thrilling rides and special effects.

blackpool football fan

9- Blackpool FootBall Team


Photo Source: January 27, 2012 : Chris Brunskill/Getty Images Europe

If you or your spouse are into football called soccer in North America,  you might be able to attend a Blackpool football game.

Make sure you wear orange like the bloke in the photo above since it’s their official team colour. The team is sometimes referred to as the Tangerines for obvious reasons.


10- Blackpool Nightlife

Blackpool nightlife

Blackpool has a very vibrant nightlife for people of all ages and boasts having almost every type of nightlife venue imaginable form electric discos and dance clubs, to classic pubs and bars. There are even karaoke bars, cabaret bars and a transvestite bar.


There you have it. Blackpool, the UK’s answer to Las Vegas and one of the oldest and most popular seaside resort towns in all of the UK.

If you are interested in learning more about Blackpool, then go to the official Blackpool site where you’ll find more ways to holiday in true British style.

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I’m A Bilingual North American With Thai And French Canadian Roots Who's Been Living In The South Of France For Over 10 Years. I Love Writing Weird, Wonderful, Interesting, Forgotten, And Fascinating Articles For Intellectually Curious People Amazed By France, French Culture, And World Travel.

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  1. Blackpool looks like a really fun place. I think I’d especially like to see the Tower dungeon. I just find places like that fun. It’s like when I went to Paris and toured the Catacombs.

    I can definitely see the comparison to Las Vegas. It has a lot of similar appeal that Vegas offers.

  2. Like most things Annie, I’ve never heard of Blackpool. Oh shock right! lol…

    My nephew recently went to London and was really disappointed. This really sounds like a much more fun place to be if you’re headed to the UK. I mean we always hear about London but I think just the experience of the UK would be cool but Blackpool sounds like it really has all of that plus more fun.

    You are the best at sharing the coolest places with us girl. Thanks so much.


  3. Hi Annie,

    Believe it or not, I’ve never been at Blackpool. What a shame!

    Seems like a lot of fun, and the perfect spot for tourists. There’s really everything one may want to have for few days of fun. I bet lots of French go there.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Annie

    Yep, I’ve been to Blackpool a couple of times; a very interesting place.

    When I used to work for KPMG in Manchester, we had a team-building session there – a treasure hunt sort of thing.

    One of the things I had to do was ride the log flume on the Pleasure Beach to get my picture taken.

    It’s well worth a visit. I’d forgotten there was a zoo there and I didn’t know about the waterpark.

    I’ll forget about the Tangerines though because I’m a Manchester Utd fan!

  5. Hi Annie,

    Awesome indeed :)

    The way you describe things and show us these amazing pictures, it just makes us feel like visiting them! I wish we could, but it’s a wonderful experience just going through the post as you mentioned them up so well here.

    I also think that Blackpool is Britain’s answer to Las Vegas because it literally has everything anyone would want – all in one place.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

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