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When it comes to fun in the sun, Blackpool is surely the cream of the crop. It’s hard to think of a UK resort that’s as richly endowed with the traditions of the Great British seaside holiday. No wonder Blackpool attracts so many tourists. But if you like your coastal capers a little more refined, don’t worry. The gentile and peaceful town of Morecambe is just to the north. That’s what’s great about this area; two great coastal resorts, each with their own very different charms. Welcome to the North West coast.
Blackpool is without doubt one of Europe’s most classic seaside resorts. And that means you can expect ice cream galore, large golden-sanded beaches, mini-golf, bingo, arcades, casinos, gala shows and much more. You can even visit the exciting rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach too if you’re looking for an extra thrill. Did you know it’s the UK's top outdoor attraction? And it’s not all fast rides and racing rollercoasters. It’s also home to the underwater world of the Sea Life Centre as well as Blackpool Zoo, where you’ll find animals from all corners of the globe including gorillas, elephants and tigers. Ggrr!
One of the first things you’ll notice upon arriving in Blackpool is Blackpool Tower. At 518ft tall, you can’t miss it! This skyline-dominating landmark was completed in 1894 and tourists have flocked to it ever since. Take a lift to The Tower Top at 380ft up and you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views across Blackpool and beyond to The Lake District, North Wales and even the Isle of Man. Are you brave enough to take the Walk of Faith? This two-inch-thick glass-bottomed viewing platform is all that separates you from the promenade 380ft below! The Tower is also where you’ll find the legendary Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which regularly holds shows and events.
The hustle and bustle is all part of Blackpool’s charm. But if you’re looking for a quiet afternoon, try visiting Stanley Park. This rather special Victorian Park features beautiful gardens and a large lake which form a lovely backdrop to a gentle stroll on a sunny day. You can hire paddle boats too if you want to get a little closer to the water. What a way to relax!
Stanley Park is also home to a great little attraction that’s perfect for those tired of being dwarfed by Blackpool Tower: the Model Village. The detail of these tiny models is incredible. It’s amazing to think that they’ve all been crafted by hand. You’ll feel like a giant as you wind your way through the two and a half acre site.
With all the famous attractions and bright lights of Blackpool, it would be easy to think that nearby Morecambe would fall into its shadow. But that’s simply not true. Morecambe is a wonderful coastal town that’s currently undergoing something of a revival. What can you expect from a visit to Morecambe? The town’s popularity is partly due to its coastal scenery. This is typified by the views across the Morecambe Bay to the Lake District. If you’re a walking fan, then why not take the five mile coastal promenade to the foot of the Lake District? The path is flat and you’ll take in some really special scenery. And look out for the statue of a familiar figure as you begin your journey. John Eric Bartholomew so loved his birth town that he chose it for his stage name: Eric Morecambe.
If you need more than a walk to get the heart racing then a weekend visit to Morecambe Winter Gardens is in order. This spectacularly ornate Victorian theatre, built in 1870, is said to be one of the UK’s most haunted venues and is home to all kinds of paranormal proceedings and ghostly goings on. Ghost hunting expeditions take place most weekends.
Want to skip the scares? Then visit Lancaster Castle. There has been a defensive building on the site of this castle since Roman times. At various points in history it has held off attacks from the Picts and the Scots. The castle has a really interesting history. It was the site where the Lancashire Witches were tried and convicted and you can also see the dungeons and Hanging Corner, where prisoners were executed. You can also take a look around the Crown Court, which is still used to this day.
Before you leave Morecambe one thing you must do is sample the local speciality: potted shrimps. They’re a famed delicacy. No visit is complete without trying them. Enjoy!