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Blackpool Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Blackpool

Sitting on the Irish Sea shore, Blackpool is a prominent seaside resort and a major tourist center in northwest England. As such, the city is famous primarily for its waterfront with old-school amusements, of which the most notable, of course, is the 1894-built Blackpool Tower. Still, there are other sights in the city worthy of attention just as well. To see what they are, follow this orientation walk and find out.
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Blackpool Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Blackpool Introduction Walk
Guide Location: England » Blackpool (See other walking tours in Blackpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Blackpool Cenotaph War Memorial
  • Blackpool North Pier
  • Town Hall
  • St. John's Parish Church
  • Winter Gardens
  • Grand Theater
  • Blackpool Tower
  • Blackpool Sea Life Center
  • Louis Tussaud's Waxworks
  • Central Pier Blackpool
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Blackpool Cenotaph War Memorial

1) Blackpool Cenotaph War Memorial

The Blackpool Cenotaph War Memorial is a prominent city landmark located near the Metropole Hotel. On the front side of the memorial, you will see the inscription: "In Memory of Our Glorious Dead, 1914-1918, 1939-1945". The Blackpool Cenotaph War Memorial commemorates all those who gave their lives in conflicts in Korea and the Falklands.
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Blackpool North Pier

2) Blackpool North Pier (must see)

North Pier is the most northerly of the three coastal piers in Blackpool. Built in the 1860s, it is also the oldest and longest of the three. Although originally intended as a promenade, competition forced the pier to widen its attractions to include theatres and bars. Unlike Blackpool's other piers, which attracted the working classes with open air dancing and amusements, North Pier catered to the "better-class" market, with orchestra concerts and respectable comedians.

Until 2011, it was the only Blackpool pier that consistently charged admission. As of 2012 it is still in regular use, despite having suffered damage from fires, storms and collisions with boats. Its attractions include bars, a theatre, a carousel and an arcade. One of the oldest remaining Sooty glove puppets is on display commemorating Harry Corbett buying the original puppet there. North Pier was built at the seaward end of Talbot Road, where the town's first railway station, Blackpool North, was built. Its name reflects its location as the most northerly of Blackpool's three piers. It is about 450 yards north of Blackpool Tower, which is roughly the midpoint of Blackpool's promenade.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Town Hall

3) Town Hall

Blackpool Town Hall is a beautiful, historic building located on Talbot Square. This government building was constructed with brick and stone between 1895 and 1900 by the firm Potts, Son and Hennings. It was designed in the Jacobean style and has a slate roof and symmetrical facade. At the center of the building is a large clock tower. Inside, the town hall features marble walls, mosaic floors, and a statue of Queen Victoria, which dates back to 1904.
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St. John's Parish Church

4) St. John's Parish Church

The Church of Saint John the Evangelist or St John's Church is an Anglican church in Blackpool. It was completed in 1878. A church was built on the site in 1821 and was replaced by the current building to accommodate a larger congregation. It was dedicated to John the Evangelist and consecrated on 6 July 1821 by George Law, the Bishop of Chester.

The church was designed by Garlick, Park and Sykes in the Early English style from yellow stone, with slate roofs and ashlar interiors. The tower is at the south west of the building and has four stages and angled buttresses which are topped with pinnacles and finials. On each wall of the tower are two tall Belfry louvres. It has been restored and renovated in 1986 and from 2000–2006. St John's is an active parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn and the archdeaconry of Lancaster.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Winter Gardens

5) Winter Gardens (must see)

The Winter Gardens is a large entertainment complex in the town centre of Blackpool. It has twelve different venues, including a theatre, ballroom and conference facilities. Opened in 1878, it is a Grade II listed building, incorporating various elements built between 1875 and 1939. It is operated by Crown Leisure Ltd, on behalf of Blackpool Council, which purchased the property from Leisure Parcs Ltd as part of a £40 million deal in 2010.

The Winter Gardens has hosted the main annual conferences for all three major British political parties as well as a number of trade unions. The Winter Gardens owners claim that every British Prime Minister since World War II has addressed an audience at the venue. It has also been the venue of the Blackpool Dance Festival since its inception in 1920 and has hosted the World Matchplay darts tournament every July since 1994.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Grand Theater

6) Grand Theater (must see)

The Grand Theater was designed by Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham and was opened in 1894 after a construction period of seven months. The project was conceived and financed by local theatre manager Thomas Sergenson who had been using the site of the Grand for several years to stage a circus. He had also transformed the fortunes of other local theaters. The theater saw its centenary in 1994 and a restoration project was begun in the 1990s that was completed in 2007 after fifteen years of work. In 2006, the Grand was named the United Kingdom's National Theater of Variety.

The Friends of the Grand supports the Grand Theater and its programme of events. Formed in 1973 to save the building from demolition, the first Friends were literally ‘hands-on’. They painted the dressing rooms, repaired holes to the ceiling and helped to get the theater into shape. The role of the Friends of the Grand has changed over the years. They now raise funds from subscriptions and social events to finance projects within the theater. The Friends are also the founding angel of the National Theater of Variety.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Blackpool Tower

7) Blackpool Tower (must see)

Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction in Blackpool, which was opened to the public on 14 May 1894. The idea for the tower came when Blackpool Mayor John Bickerstaffe commissioned the design of a new landmark for the town after he visited the Exposition Universelle (World Fair) of 1889 and was impressed by the Eiffel Tower. When he returned to Blackpool he set up a committee of businessmen in order to raise the funds to build a similar design in the town. When the tower opened, 3,000 customers took the first rides to the top.

The top of the tower is known as The Blackpool Tower Eye. It was previously known simply as the "Tower Top", until it reopened on 1st September, 2011, having closed down the previous year for refurbishment, as part of the renovation of the entire Blackpool Tower complex, during which it was acquired by Merlin Entertainment.The original ballroom, the Tower Pavilion opened in August 1894. It was smaller than the present ballroom and occupied the front of the tower complex. The tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Blackpool Sea Life Center

8) Blackpool Sea Life Center (must see)

Opened to the public in 1979, the Blackpool Sea Life Center is located on the famous Promenade. At this popular attraction, you can discover the fascinating world of the sea. The center has an extensive collection of fish and other ocean creatures, as well as the world’s largest display of sharks. The Blackpool Sea Life Center is a great place to take the whole family. It is open Monday - Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
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Louis Tussaud's Waxworks

9) Louis Tussaud's Waxworks (must see)

Louis Tussaud's Waxworks is located on the Promenade, just opposite Central Pier. This cultural venue houses a huge number of wax models, which are presented in eight themed rooms on four separate floors. The wax models are mainly of popular celebrities from around the world. The museum was founded by Louis Tussaud, the great-grandson of the famous Madame Tussaud. Louis Tussad arrived from London in 1900 to create his own wax gallery in Blackpool. Don’t forget to bring a camera, so you can take a picture with your favorite star!
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Central Pier Blackpool

10) Central Pier Blackpool (must see)

Central Pier is one of three piers in the town of Blackpool. The pier is central in that it is located between the other two, but it was close to the site of the now-defunct Blackpool Central railway station about 500 metres south of Blackpool Tower. Since the coastline is very straight and flat, the pier simply extends at right angles to the sea front, roughly level with the promenade.

Central Pier is constructed mostly of cast iron with wooden decking. The piles on which the structure rests were driven using the screw pile method pioneered by Eugenius Birch. This involved twisting screw-tipped cast iron piles down through the sand until they hit bedrock. The materials and building techniques were similar to those used for North Pier but the structure of Central is a little more delicate in appearance. The pier has suffered relatively little damage save for fires in 1964 and 1973 which gutted the theatre buildings. The main structural alterations have been the removal of the obsolete 120-metre low tide jetty in 1975 and the construction of the ferris wheel in 1990. The addition of the wheel required the mid-section of the pier to be strengthened to cope with the extra weight.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Blackpool, England

Create Your Own Walk in Blackpool

Create Your Own Walk in Blackpool

Creating your own self-guided walk in Blackpool is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Northern Blackpool

Tour of Northern Blackpool

In the northern Blackpool, you will find a number of beautiful, historic buildings. Many of these homes, churches, and businesses are Blackpool Grade II listed buildings and are of national importance. Take this self-guided tour to discover northern Blackpool's most notable attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Tour of Blackpool's Layton District

Tour of Blackpool's Layton District

Layton is the eastern district of Blackpool, and it boasts a number of tourist attractions that are definitely worth a visit. From historic buildings to wonderful parks and a fascinating zoo, this city district has much to experience. Take this tour to explore Blackpool's fascinating Layton district.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Tour of Blackpool's Great Promenade

Tour of Blackpool's Great Promenade

Blackpool's Great Promenade is an interesting area to explore. Here you will find Blackpool South Pier, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and a wide range of amusement parks. On the South Promenade is "The Great Promenade Show" that features nine original pieces of art. Take this tour to discover this wonderful area of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Shopping Tour

Shopping Tour

Blackpool offers an abundance of opportunities for shopping. Its main commercial streets are home to a wide variety of trendy shops and local stores, where you can find just about anything you could want. Take this tour to visit the most popular shopping venues in Blackpool.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles