Home to exciting pier amusements, a seafront theme park and the famous Blackpool Illuminations light show, it’s easy to see why holidays in Blackpool are so popular for families booking UK short breaks. This seaside resort has something for everyone, whether you’re enjoying family days out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, soaking up the views from Blackpool Tower or playing arcade games on one of Blackpool’s piers. And thanks to our super-comfy Hypnos beds, free Wi-Fi and great-value Meal Deals, our family hotels in Blackpool are an ideal base for your UK coastal break.
Hotels in Blackpool
Blackpool East (M55, Jct4)
Places like Blackpool
Looking for other coastal resorts near Blackpool? Extend your UK short break and explore other places like Blackpool nearby. Our hotels in Wirral are just a short drive away from some of the most popular Merseyside beaches, and families will love scenic holidays in Llandudno, too.
More about Blackpool
Blackpool is famous for its pier and the lively Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Enjoy a fun day out at Nickelodeon Land, hit heights of up to 235ft on The Big One, whizz round 90-degree bends on Wild Mouse, loop the loop times five on Infusion then wind down on the Eddie Stobart Convoy Ride, all next door to our Blackpool Beach hotel.
Blackpool Tower is an iconic landmark in Blackpool and has great views of the ocean from its Sea View Terrace and the highest point of the tower, the Blackpool Eye. You can also descend into the depths of the Blackpool Dungeons underneath the tower for exciting shows and rides.
From the end of August to November, Blackpool’s Promenade lights up as the dazzling Blackpool Illuminations are switched on. The Blackpool Illuminations are famous for their vivacious colour and energy, and the displays are often accompanied by busy gigs and a great party atmosphere.
Blackpool has almost seven miles of beautiful, golden sandy beaches on its seafront. If you want to relax and unwind there’s also Stanley and Wyre Estuary Country Parks, ideal for walking trails or days out with the kids. For something a little different, try the aquapark at Blackpool Wakepark for kayaking, paddle-boarding and open water swimming.
The Winter Gardens cover 4.9 acres of 12 thrilling venues including the Blackpool Opera House, the Empress Ballroom and fascinating exhibitions and galleries. The Winter Gardens themselves are a gem in the heart of Blackpool and are definitely worth a visit.
The Houndshill Shopping Centre is close to Blackpool Tower and has a great selection of high street brands to choose from. Abingdon Street Market and The Regent on Church street are iconic markets with some great bargains to be found.
Things to do in Blackpool
Visit Blackpool’s piers
It’s easy to see why this seaside resort’s piers are some of the most famous attractions in Blackpool. Ride the carousel and the Helter Skelter on North Pier – the longest and oldest of the three piers in Blackpool – before seeing Blackpool from above on Central Pier’s Big Wheel, and braving the Crazy Coaster on South Pier. With so many family activities in Blackpool to enjoy on each pier, visiting all three is a must on summer holidays in Blackpool.
Enjoy days out at the beach
With seven miles worth of sandy shoreline to explore, sunbathers and families alike will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Blackpool. Walk Blackpool’s Golden Mile and take your pick from Blackpool North Beach, Blackpool South Beach and Blackpool Central Beach, all sandy, family-friendly spots to enjoy laid-back half term breaks in Blackpool.
Sightseeing in Blackpool
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a history-lover, there’s no shortage of places to visit in Blackpool. Enjoy exciting rides and amusements at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, visit top attractions in Blackpool like Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Zoo, or catch live events in Blackpool at the seaside resort’s famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
What are the nearest train stations in Blackpool?
Blackpool North station is the city’s main train station, and you’ll find it just a 15-minute walk away from Blackpool Tower. Other nearby train stations in Blackpool include Blackpool South station, Blackpool Pleasure Beach station, and Squires Gate station, meaning getting around Blackpool during your stay couldn’t be easier.
What are the nearest beaches in Blackpool?
Blackpool’s ‘Golden Mile’ stretches on for about seven miles, so you’ll have plenty of beaches in Blackpool to enjoy. Enjoy days out with the kids at Blackpool Central Beach, or relax on Blackpool North Beach and Blackpool South Beach. Most of our hotels in Blackpool are just a short drive away from the beach, too.
What type of beaches does Blackpool have?
Blackpool beaches are soft, sandy and family-friendly – Blackpool South Beach has even been named a Blue Flag beach, ideal for family holidays in Blackpool.
How many beaches are there in Blackpool?
Often just known as Blackpool Beach, this coastal resort’s ‘Golden Mile’ is seven miles long, and its sandy shoreline is separated into Blackpool North Beach, Blackpool South Beach and Blackpool Central Beach. Other beaches near Blackpool include St Anne’s Beach and Bispham Beach.
What are the best places to eat in Blackpool?
As a UK seaside resort, there’s no shortage of ice cream or warm doughnuts along Blackpool’s promenade. When it comes to great-value meals, however, our family-friendly restaurants in Blackpool have you covered – enjoy delicious dinners at our Yeadon Way Brewers Fayre, our Red Lion Beefeater, and more.
What are the best things to do in Blackpool at night?
You’ll find all kinds of Blackpool activities to enjoy in the evenings. Whether you’re catching top events in Blackpool, watching dance performances in Blackpool Tower or enjoying night out at some of the best Blackpool comedy clubs, nightlife in Blackpool has something for everyone. Plus, holidays in Blackpool wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the famous Blackpool Illuminations light show.
What family friendly activities can you do in Blackpool?
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Blackpool with the family throughout your stay. Kids will love the amusements on Blackpool’s piers and the exciting rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. After arcade games in Coral Island Blackpool and a fun tour of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, you can look forward to laid-back days out at Blackpool Beach on summer holidays in Blackpool.
What outdoor activities can you do in Blackpool?
From relaxing on beaches in Blackpool to riding rollercoasters like The Big One, there’s plenty of outdoor activities in Blackpool to enjoy. Visit top Blackpool attractions like Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Model Village & Gardens, before enjoying a round of adventure golf by Blackpool’s seafront. Plus, thrill-seekers on Blackpool holidays can head straight for spots like the Adrenalin Zone on South Pier, or try out go-karting in Blackpool.
What indoor activities can you do in Blackpool?
We can’t guarantee the weather in Blackpool, but there’s plenty of fun things to do come rain or shine. Soak up the views from the top of Blackpool Tower, visit top Blackpool attractions like Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Blackpool, and enjoy family activities in Blackpool at Sandcastle Waterpark. Plus, if you’re planning a spa weekend in Blackpool, you’ll have some relaxing local spas and pools to choose from.