"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Blackpool

Blackpool is a seaside town and borough of Lancashire, North West England. The town is a unitary authority area, noted for its political autonomy, independent of Lancashire County Council. It is situated along England's northwest coast by the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Bolton and 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester. It has an estimated population of 142,100, and a population density that makes it the fourth most densely populated borough of England and Wales outside Greater London.

Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire's Hundred of Amounderness, and remained such until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable in England to travel to the coast during the summer to bathe in sea water to improve well-being. In 1781, visitors attracted to Blackpool's 7-mile (11 km) sandy beach were able to use a newly built private road, built by Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton. Stagecoaches began running to Blackpool from Manchester in the same year, and from Halifax in 1782. In the early 19th century, Henry Banks and his son-in-law John Cocker erected new buildings in Blackpool such that its population grew from less than 500 in 1801 to over 2,500 in 1851. St John's Church in Blackpool was consecrated in 1821.

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of Northern England. The railway made it much easier and cheaper for visitors to reach Blackpool, triggering an influx of settlers, such that in 1876 Blackpool was incorporated as a borough, governed by its own town council and aldermen. In 1881 Blackpool was a booming resort with a population of 14,000 and a promenade complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops and theatres. By 1901 the population of Blackpool was 47,000, by which time its place was cemented as "the archetypal British seaside resort". By 1951 it had grown to 147,000.

Shifts in tastes, combined with opportunities for Britons to travel overseas, supplanted Blackpool's status as a leading resort during the late 20th century. Nevertheless, Blackpool's urban fabric and economy remains relatively undiversified, and firmly rooted in the tourism sector, and the borough's seafront continues to attract millions of visitors every year. In addition to its sandy beaches, Blackpool's major attractions and landmarks include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, the Winter Gardens, and the UK's only surviving first-generation tramway.

Local authority: Blackpool Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SD309358

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Things to see and do in and around Blackpool

  • Blackpool Sea Life Centre
  • Madame Tussauds Blackpool
  • Jungle Jims
  • The Blackpool Tower
  • MFA Bowl Blackpool
  • Laser Quest Blackpool
  • Wyreside Ecology Centre
  • Meet the Trickster at the Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • The Grundy Art Gallery
  • Dinosaur World Blackpool
  • Blackpool Model Village
  • Stanley Park
  • Blackpool Model Village and Gardens
  • Adrenalin Zone
  • Karting 2000 Raceway
  • Sandcastle Tropical Waterworld
  • Blackpool Ice Arena
  • Blackpool Zoo
  • Aardvark Adventure Playbarn
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Planet Kaos
  • Four Seasons Fisheries
  • Blackpool Laser Tag
  • Wacky Warehouse - Air Balloon
  • Ramp City
  • Wacky Warehouse - Outside Inn
  • Funtastic Play
  • ILPH Penny Farm
  • Thingamajigz
  • Harrys

Tourist Information

Blackpool
Tourist Information Centre
1 Clifton Street
Lancashire
England
FY1 1LY

Phone 01253 478222
Email tic@blackpool.gov.uk
http://www.visitblackpool.com

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Forecast for Wednesday 13 December

06:00


Chance of rain 14%
Max temp. 7°C
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Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 996
Humidity 93%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 42%
Max temp. 8°C
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Wind 7mph, gusting to 10mph.
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Pressure 992
Humidity 88%
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12:00


Chance of rain 87%
Max temp. 6°C
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Wind 8mph, gusting to 11mph.
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Pressure 990
Humidity 83%
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15:00


Chance of rain 33%
Max temp. 6°C
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Wind 7mph, gusting to 10mph.
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Pressure 989
Humidity 69%
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18:00


Chance of rain 64%
Max temp. 5°C
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Wind 8mph, gusting to 11mph.
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Pressure 987
Humidity 77%
UV Index n/a
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21:00


Chance of rain 43%
Max temp. 5°C
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Wind 8mph, gusting to 11mph.
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Pressure 987
Humidity 71%
UV Index n/a
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