Blackpool has many extremely popular holiday attractions. The famous Blackpool Tower is the most significant landmark in the resort and is also a major entertainment complex. Blackpool Pleasure Beach in South Shore is the most Popular tourist attraction in the UK. In the same area, the Sandcastle Waterworld is the largest indoor waterpark in Britain.
There are three Victorian Blackpool Piers, each a masterpiece of engineering with its own distinctive character, offering a range of leisure activities. They have been well maintained and continually revitalized with new attractions. The sedate North pier was the first to be built in 1863 and is also the longest. With is elegance and refinement, it is more traditional than the others and seems ideal for relaxation and promenading. Central pier has a reputation for fun and sheer enjoyment, especially with its trademark Big Wheel. South Pier is the newest and has a number of exciting white knuckle rides as well as a family bar with live entertainment throughout the season.
he historic Blackpool Trams are a unique combination of tourist attraction and efficient ecologically friendly form of transport. Waxworks have been a feature of the resort since the 1870’s and the present site contains hundreds of models organised into several themed displays. There is also the Sea life Centre on the Golden Mile. The magnificent Blackpool Winter Gardens complex is in the centre of the town and comprises twelve venues, perhaps the most well known of which are the Empress Ballroom and Blackpool Opera House. Other notable venues in the Winter Gardens include The Pavilion Theatre, Arena, Olympia, Renaissance Hall, Spanish Hall, and Baronial Hall. Just a minute or so along the street from the Winter Gardens is the Grand Theatre, which is one of the most important listed buildings in the country. About 2 miles inland from the busy activity of the promenade there are three places to visit in close proximity to each other, these are the Zoo, and just across the road from that is Stanley Park, which is next to the Model Village and Gardens. Blackpool has numerous amusement arcades, novelty shops, markets, pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants and convenience food stalls. It has a number of theatres presenting concerts and shows. The resort also has several miles of beach and the glittering Blackpool Illuminations which are held every year during autumn. The Switch On night is a spectacular annual event. Each year the starting night of the lights involves a concert featuring popular artistes and a celebrity to flick the famous switch. For example the 2010 illuminations will be switched on by Robbie Williams and the concert will include performers such as Alesha Dixon, Olly Murs, The Wanted, and Russell Watson. Blackpool fireworks have become an annual feature of the resort with the world championships taking place during the illuminations. Details of these may change from year to year and it is advisable to check this before making arrangements. The Blackpool Holiday Flats are in the South Shore area near the Promenade, handy for well known attractions such as the Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterworld Complex. Blackpool attractions provide a wide range of entertainments, rides, amusements and other holiday activities for the enjoyment of tourists to the resort. Attractions in Blackpool also encompass the many and varied shows that the town has such a well deserved reputation for providing to audiences. They can often be booked online in many cases which can useful for visitors who want to arrange it in advance. Please see Blackpool Show Tickets for some further information. There is a new attraction for 2011 - the Blackpool Comedy Carpet which was officially opened on 10th October by the legendary comedian Ken Dodd who has a long association with the resort, having performed the town each year since 1954.
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