Cultural Tour of Blackpool, Blackpool (Self Guided)

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.
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Cultural Tour of Blackpool Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Blackpool
Guide Location: England » Blackpool (See other walking tours in Blackpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: leticia
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Blott Artist Studios

1) Blott Artist Studios

Founded in 1998, Blott Artist Studios is an art gallery located on King Street. The gallery displays contemporary art created by professional artists from the Blackpool area. Numerous temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year. Art lovers and collectors will love the variety of pieces on display, which include paintings, prints, sculptures, and more. Blott Artist Studios is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm.
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Grundy Art Gallery

2) Grundy Art Gallery

The Grundy is an art gallery located in Blackpool. It's eclectic programme consists of regional historic to recent contemporary art exhibitions. Opened in 1911, it is owned and operated by Blackpool Council. Blackpool Council commissioned the building of the Grundy Art Gallery in 1908 following a bequest of 33 artworks and a financial gift from brothers John and Cuthbert Grundy, both of whom were local artists.

Designed by Cullen, Lockhead and Brown, the gallery has coupled Ionic columns supporting a stone pediment bearing a carved Blackpool Borough crest. Together with Central library the gallery opened on 26 October 1911. In 1912, a purchase fund for new artworks was set up to build upon the 33 artworks. By the late 1930s, the collection and general ambition of the gallery had outgrown the original building, and so an extension of two extra galleries was built. It opened in 1938. The Grundy now contains nearly 2,000 objects. Grundy's collection, which is displayed as part of the temporary exhibitions programme and is not on permanent display, includes Victorian oils and watercolours, modern British paintings, contemporary prints, jewellery and video, oriental ivories, ceramics, as well as photographs and souvenirs of Blackpool.

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Grand Theater

3) 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.

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Blackpool Sea Life Center

4) 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

5) 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!

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

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

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.