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Flights to Blackpool

Attracting millions of visitors every year, Blackpool is the unlikely glamour-puss of the UK. Its stunning Victorian Tower with far-out-to-sea views, aquarium, circus and beautiful ballroom all accessed by a glass elevator is just one of the city’s glamorous attractions.

Another is Blackpool’s three piers, each with their own unique character. The north is perfect for a spot of sun bathing, the central pier has a big wheel and plenty of children’s rides ideal for a family day out while the south comes complete with log flume ride.

The famous Pleasure Beach is one of the world’s largest outdoor fairgrounds with giant roller coasters, stalls and entertainment for all age groups. With beautiful Victorian and Art Deco architecture, it is also a cultural and historical delight.

The Winter Garden and Grand Theatre bring glittering dances and shows for those heady Blackpool nights while the headlining attraction, the Blackpool Illuminations, could easily give the stars a run for their money.

Those after a more sedate mini-break can wander the beautiful grounds of Stanley Park or walk the Golden Mile that stretches between the north and south piers where fortune tellers, oyster bars and old-fashioned seaside stalls once lined the promenade. Rest the legs with a ride on an old 1930’s trams as it rattles and rumbles its way along the streets en-route to the famous faces of the Louis Taussaud's Wax Museum.

Whether it is sticks of rock or fish and chips; Punch and Judy or donkey rides, Blackpool’s beachfront is like going back in time to the days of family holidays by the seaside. Sea air, strolls along the promenade and plenty for kids to do make Blackpool a fantastic weekend or summer getaway.

The following information is correct as of October 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Unfortunately Blackpool Airport is no longer open to members of the public. The two nearest airports are Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester International Airport – both major UK flight hubs reaching most major destinations throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Liverpool, at 63 miles away, is just over an hour from Blackpool by car and can be reached by via the M6. Trains from Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North take between one and a half and two hours. Manchester is 62 miles from Blackpool on the M6 by car or alternatively two hours by train.

What you need to know

Currency: The British Pound Sterling (£)

Visas: British nationals do not require a visa to visit Blackpool. Foreign nationals must have a valid passport for travel. Nationals from countries outside the European Union may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.

Laws: Smoking is banned on all public transport and all indoor public places such as restaurants, theatres, cafes and nightclubs. Drinking and driving is illegal with set limits on alcohol consumption varying for men and women. The legal age for purchasing or consuming alcohol is 18.

Best Time to Visit

The UK isn’t known for its sunny weather but there is more chance of it during the spring and summer months. These are the best ties to visit for those wanting to enjoy the beach front and promenade. Autumn and winter are cooler but quieter and cheaper times to visit Blackpool. The Blackpool Dance Festival held in May is an extravaganza of ballroom dancing held over eight days in the Winter Gardens while the Punk Rock Rebellion Festival in August sees world class musicians descending on the city. Perhaps one of the city’s most famous attractions is the Blackpool Illuminations – an unforgettable seven miles stretch of dazzling lights, taking place from August to November.  

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