City Orientation Walk, 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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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Blackpool (See other walking tours in Blackpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: leticia
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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.

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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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Telephone Kiosks

4) Telephone Kiosks

In 1935, Giles Gilbert Scott designed three red K6 telephone kiosks in honor of the 25th anniversary of George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions. These traditional public telephones are made of cast iron and feature domed roofs.
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Sacred Heart Church

5) Sacred Heart Church

The Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, or Sacred Heart Church, is a Roman Catholic church in the seaside resort of Blackpool. Located on Talbot Road close to the town centre, it was the first Roman Catholic church built in Blackpool.

It was built in 1857 to a design by Edward Welby Pugin. The church is constructed of stone, with slate roofs, in the English Gothic style. Its plan consists of a four-bay nave with an octagonal crossing, around which the aisles and transepts lie. The nave arcades are supported by clustered marble piers with foliated tops and moulded lancet arches. There is a two-bay gallery to the west. The chancel is flanked by two lady chapels. The church fittings include a white marble octagonal pulpit that is carved and sits on red and black columns. There is a Neo-Georgian presbytery to the east of the building that was built c. 1950, and a former school to the west that dates from 1898.

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St. John's Parish Church

6) 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.

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Winter Gardens

7) 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.

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Blackpool Tower

8) 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.

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Central Pier Blackpool

9) 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.

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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 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
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
Shopping Tour of Blackpool

Shopping Tour of Blackpool

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
Cultural Tour of Blackpool

Cultural Tour of Blackpool

Blackpool is home to several museums and art galleries that are well worth visiting. Here you will find classical and contemporary art galleries, a wax museum, a Victorian theater, the exciting Sea Life Center, and more. Take this tour to explore the most interesting and popular cultural venues in Blackpool.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Blackpool for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Blackpool has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Blackpool, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.