Tour of Blackpool's Great Promenade, Blackpool

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.
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Tour of Blackpool's Great Promenade Map

Guide Name: Tour of Blackpool's Great Promenade
Guide Location: England » Blackpool (See other walking tours in Blackpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: leticia
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Blackpool South Pier

1) Blackpool South Pier (must see)

South Pier (originally known as Victoria Pier) is one of three piers in Blackpool. Located on South Promenade on the South Shore, the pier contains a number of amusement and adrenalin rides. It opens each year from March to November and is owned by Six Piers Limited. The Blackpool South Shore Pier & Pavilion Co. Ltd. was registered in November 1890 and work began to build the pier in 1892.

Victoria Pier was considered to be more "upmarket" than North and Central piers, and at first provided little entertainment. The pier now contains numerous rides including dodgems, Crazy Mouse and a waltzer, the Laughing Donkey Family Bar, which has live entertainment, a Kiddies Ride Arena, as well as the Adrenaline Zone which houses: "Skycoaster", a freefalling swing at a height of 38 m; "Skyscreamer", a Reverse Bungee ride; "Spider Mountain", a multi-storey climbing spiders web; and "Maxibounce", an acrobatic, safety harnessed trampoline.

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High Tide Organ

2) High Tide Organ (must see)

The High Tide Organ is a tidal organ 15 metres tall constructed in 2002 as part of "The Great Promenade Show" series of sculptures situated along Blackpool's New Promenade. The artwork described as a "musical manifestation of the sea" is one of a few examples of a tidal organ.

The sculpture was designed by the artists Liam Curtin and John Gooding, and was constructed in concrete, steel, zinc and copper sheet. The harnessing of wave energy, and the sculpting of the concrete and metals is said to produce a unique interpretation of Blackpool's natural and man-made environments. The instrument is played by the sea at high tide through eight pipes which are attached to the sea wall. These are connected under the promenade to 18 organ pipes within the sculpture. The swell of seawater at high tide pushes air up the sea-wall pipes and causes the organ pipes to sound. The best time to hear the High Tide Organ is two to three hours before or after high tide. On very calm days the organ is silent for part of its cycle. The pitches of the pipes are based on the harmonic series in B flat.

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Pleasure Beach

3) Pleasure Beach (must see)

Pleasure Beach is a family owned amusement park and resort situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool. It is the most visited amusement park in the United Kingdom, and one of the top twenty most-visited amusement parks in the world with an estimate of 5.5 million visitors in 2007. The park is owned by the Thompson family.

In 2003 the park opened the Big Blue Hotel, a four star hotel, making the park part of an official resort. The park operates an additional children's park in the resort called Nickelodeon Land which is a subsidy of Nickelodeon; it occupies the space of the original children's park which was called Beaver Creek. The main attractions at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool include: Big One: The UK's tallest roller coaster with a peak height of 213 ft, built by Arrow Dynamics, Infusion: A Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster and the world's first constructed entirely over water, Revolution: Europe's first fully inverting roller coaster, built by Arrow Dynamics, Grand National: A twin tracked " Möbius Loop" racing wooden roller coaster, opened in 1935.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

4) Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (must see)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a franchise, founded by Robert Ripley, which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims. The Believe It or Not panel proved popular and was later adapted into a wide variety of formats, including radio, television, comic books, a chain of museums and a book series.

The Ripley collection includes 20,000 photographs, 30,000 artifacts and more than 100,000 cartoon panels. With 80-plus attractions, the Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment, Inc., a division of the Jim Pattison Group, is a global company with an annual attendance of more than 12 million guests. Ripley Entertainment's publishing and broadcast divisions oversee numerous projects, including the syndicated TV series, the newspaper cartoon panel, books, posters and games. When Ripley first displayed his collection to the public at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933, it was labeled Ripley’s Odditorium and attracted over two million visitors during the run of the fair. In 1950, a year after Ripley's death, the first permanent Odditorium opened in St. Augustine, Florida.

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The Swivelling Wind Shelters

5) The Swivelling Wind Shelters

"The Swivelling Wind Shelters" is part of "The Great Promenade Show" and was constructed in 2004 by Ian McChesney with Atelier One. The sculpture was made using stainless steel and wood and is 8 meters high. It moves with the wind in order to provide a constant source of shelter.
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Life as a Circus

6) Life as a Circus

On the newly regenerated South Promenade, you will find a great deal of artwork, which was commissioned and funded by the Blackpool Council. "Life as a Circus" is one such peice, which serves as a tribute to the importance of the entertainment industry in Blackpool. The sculpture is of four people standing on a horse. It was constructed by Sir Peter Blake in 2004.
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Desire

7) Desire

"Desire" is part of "The Great Promenade Show". This impressive monolithic sculpture was constructed in 2001 by Chris Knight using steel. With its large stainless steel spikes, this piece represents the seductive power of danger.
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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

8) They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

“They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, part of "The Great Promenade Show", is the largest dance hall mirror ball in the United Kingdom. It includes more than 47,000 mirror tiles. Created by Michael Trainor in 2002, it was named after an American film about record-breaking dance marathons.
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Glam Rocks

9) Glam Rocks (must see)

"Glam Rocks" was constructed in 2001 by light artist Peter Freeman. This piece is comprised of three huge pebbles that reflect light beamed from Blackpool’s beach. "Glam Rocks" incorporates hundreds of optic lights, which slowly change color and create a wonderful sight.
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Water Wings

10) Water Wings

"Water Wings" is another piece of art on South Promenade. It was created in 2001 by Bruce Williams. The sculpture is of a panoramic, curved metal screen made from laser cut stainless steel.
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The Frankenstein Project

11) The Frankenstein Project

"The Frankenstein Project" was created by Tony Stallard in 2001. Inspired by Blackpool's Victorian freak shows, Stallard decided to create a giant sea creature. This piece warns of the bad things that can happen when interfering with nature.
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The Sound of the Wind Looks Like This

12) The Sound of the Wind Looks Like This

"The Sound of the Wind Looks Like This" is the last piece of art on South Promenade. It was created by Steven Hurrel in 2003 and is a unique visual illustration of the current direction and speed of the wind. These two variables determine the color, height, and speed of six pulsating lights.

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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.