Blackpool is bursting with waterfront attractions, entertainment, classic seaside food, and a wealth of history and heritage. Whether following the Golden Mile filled with amusement arcades, restaurants, piers, attractions, and even a Comedy Carpet, or exploring the local wildlife, nature walks, shopping hubs, and Sandcastle Waterpark, this vibrant seaside city is awaiting your discovery.
With so much to do, it can be hard to plan the perfect day out. To make life a little easier, we have made a list of our favourite nearby attractions. If you are still struggling, we highly recommend the Visit Blackpool website.
Entertainment & Attractions
The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower is home to five attractions, the most iconic of course is the Blackpool Tower Eye. The 830ft Tower Eye has incredible panoramic views, a SkyWalk with a glass floor, and a 4D cinema viewing of the Tower’s history. You can also discover The Blackpool Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, and Jungle Jim’s indoor adventure playground. Opening Times: All attractions are open from 10 am, closing times vary. The Blackpool Tower Circus show times are in the afternoon, but vary day to day.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 10 minutes by Tram or a 17-minute walk.
The Grand Theatre Blackpool
Steeped in history and heritage, The Grand Theatre offers a 1,100 seat venue filled with charm. From ballet to comedy and theatre, there is always an exciting mix of performances to enjoy. Opening Times: Show times vary, take a look at the programme to plan your visit.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 9 minutes by Tram or a 15-minute walk.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Bursting with attractions, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is home to over 125 rides, a range of shows, and Nickelodeon Land. Climb aboard the Wallace and Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic, Brave The Big One (235ft), or race on the Grand National. If thrill rides are not for you, there are plenty of fairground classics, from Dodgems and Go Karts to Carousels and Tea Cups. Opening Times: Between 10 am and 5 pm most days, but check times before visiting.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 18 minutes by Tram or a 10-minute drive.
The Winter Gardens Blackpool
Home to a variety of venues, The Winter Gardens offers beautiful décor that takes you back in time. Whether you are catching a show, exploring the Blackpool Illuminations in Autumn, or just perusing the building and enjoying a coffee in The Mazzei Café, this venue allows you to immerse in arts, culture, and impressive architecture. Opening Times: 10:30 am – 4 pm daily.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 10 minutes by Tram (with a 5 min walk) or a short 15-minute walk.
Coral Island Blackpool
Home to arcade games, rides, eateries, and a casino, Coral Island is a pirate themed free Blackpool attraction. Embark on the Pirates Quest Ghost Train, try your hand with the soft toy claw, or enjoy a family meal in an electric atmosphere. Opening Times: 10 am –Late Monday –Friday 9.30am – Late on Weekends.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 12 minutes by Tram or a 19-minute walk.
The Sands Venue
The Sands Venue, Blackpool, offers a unique and sophisticated blend of first class live entertainment in Blackpool and top quality cuisine. This sensational gem located on Blackpool Promenade recreates the feel of the forties and fifties with a starlit ceiling, candlelit tables and stylish decor. The Venue also boasts a Licensed bar and Sea View Restaurant on the top floor featuring panoramic sea views and of the Golden Mile. Also a Wild West Diner on the ground floor. Opening Times: When Legends events are on: Mondays 9am - 9pm, Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 11pm Non-Legends events: Monday - Sunday 9am - 8pm Non-show nights: Monday - Sunday 9am - 9pm
Travel Time from The Imperial: 13 minutes by Tram or a 20-minute walk
Sandcastle Waterpark is the UKs Largest Indoor Waterpark. It features over 18 slides and attractions including water slides, fun pools, wave machine, water chutes, burger bars, snack bars, arcades, swim shop and much much more. They cater for families with children of any age and can even organise birthday parties. Sandcastle Waterpark is opposite the Pleasure Beach on the sea side of the promenade. Opening Times: Please visit the website for details.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 20 mins by Tram or 10 mins by car
Blackpool Beach is home to soft sand, breath-taking views, donkey rides, piers, and iconic landmarks. Enjoy an invigorating dip in the sea, build a sandcastle, or simply walk the golden stretch. Travel Time from The Imperial: A few minutes’ walk.
Stanley Park offers 390 acres of parkland filled with architecture, horticulture, and recreational activities. Discover the lakes, woodlands, Italian Gardens, Rose Gardens, water fountains, statues, and ornamental bridges. You can also enjoy a beverage or meal at the Art Deco Café, which overlooks the park. Opening Times: All year round, dawn to dusk.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 30 minutes by foot or a 10-minute drive.
Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve
Described by visitors as a ‘Blackpool hidden gem’ Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve is perfect for a walk amongst beautiful scenery in a peaceful atmosphere. With plenty of nature trails, bird huts, and wildlife to discover, the reserve will entertain families, couples, and lone wanderers alike.
Travel Time from The Imperial: An 18-minute drive or a short walk from Blackpool Zoo.
Lancashire Coastal Way
Walk or cycle the Lancashire Coastal Way. Spanning between Silverdale and Freckleton (running across Blackpool), the Lancashire coastal path has beautiful landscapes, nature trails, breath-taking sea views, and oodles of sea air. You can start from outside our hotel or take public transport to Freckleton or Silverdale* and walk/cycle your way back to Blackpool. *Silverdale to Blackpool is over walking distance (40+ miles) and is more suited for cycling.
Museums & Culture
Sea Life Centre Blackpool
Home to more than 2,000 sea creatures, from sharks to seahorses, Sea Life Blackpool offers visitors to chance to interact, learn, and explore. You can feed sharks, visit the ray nursery, or hold a crab in the interactive rock pool – this underwater adventure is a fun day out for all. Opening Times: 10am-5pm daily.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 12 minutes by Tram or a 20-minute walk.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Overflowing with waxwork figures of your favourite celebrity characters, Madame Tussauds Blackpool allows you walk among the stars of TV, sport, music, and comedy. Don’t forget to browse ‘The Best of British’ section with our favourite Royals and, of course, The Beatles. Opening Times: 10am-7/8pm depending on the day.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 11 minutes by Tram or a 21-minute walk.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum
Explore Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum with eight themed galleries filled with unusual and interesting exhibits and artefacts. See shrunken heads, a shark’s jaw, a penny portrait of Princess Diana, and more for just £6 for adults and £3 for children. Opening Times: Open 10 am, call for closing times on 01253 341 033 ext 1286.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 18 minutes by Tram or a 10-minute drive (inside the Pleasure Beach).
Filled with a wide variety of animals, Blackpool Zoo offers an exciting day out for the whole family. Explore the Gorilla Mountain, Sea Lion or Penguin Pools, embark on a Dinosaur Safari, or brave the Big Cats – there’s plenty to see and do! Opening Times: Open 10 am, closing times vary - check the calendar before visiting.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 9 minutes by car.
Blackpool Model Village & Gardens
The Blackpool Model Village offers an engaging and entertaining day for the whole family. Take the quiz and explore the scaled miniature castles, cottages, churches, towns, bridges, a Tudor village, and more. Facilities include disabled access, a gift shop selling mementoes, drinks and snacks, and Anita’s Ice Cream Parlour – perfect for a little treat. Opening Times: 10am – 5pm.
Travel Time from The Imperial: 11 minutes by car.
Blackpool is home to a range of place to enjoy a little retail therapy, from your favourite high street stores to vintage antiques. Houndshill Shopping Centre offers stores such as New Look, the Disney Store, and Debenhams. The Regent is filled with stalls of antiques, bric-a-brac, toys, books, crafts, records, vintage items, and more. Dahlia’s Farm Shop is the perfect place to pick up fresh produce, pies, and cakes, as well as local sauces, chutneys, Lancaster ales, biscuits, sweets, and more to take home to your kitchen. Abingdon Street Market offers a little bit of everything in a good old fashioned market with a butchers, bakers, greengrocers, clothes stalls, cheeses, sweets, and souvenir tea towels.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Home to a thriving nightlife and bustling restaurants filled with character, Blackpool offers a great night out on the town and plenty of ‘plaices’ to grab some fresh fish and chips.
- Funny Girls offers ‘classic entertainment with a twist’ with sparkles, feathers, costumes, elaborate dance and comedy routines, and more – this show is filled with fun, flair, and fizz.
- Central Pier Showbar runs a night of ‘The Kings and Queen of Rock, Pop ‘n’ Roll’ for an entertaining show of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury tributes. Comedy Station Comedy Club is Blackpool’s ‘original and longest running comedy club’. Offering reasonably priced food and drink, and a line-up of entertaining comedians, this club is a great night out.
- Ma Kelly’s Central offers a fantastic atmosphere, reasonably priced bar, and free entertainment.
- The Bavarian Bierkeller provides a ‘roaring’ atmosphere of a ‘true German Bierkeller’, the perfect place to enjoy a stein of traditional beer and sausage or ‘wurst’.
- The Empress Grill sits in The Winter Gardens and offers mouth-watering food and stylish décor, the ideal setting for a pre-theatre or romantic meal.
- Beach House offers a stylish Bistro & Bar situated on the beachfront, affording ‘breath-taking views of the Irish Sea’ and hosting live music Thursday – Sunday.
There are plenty of surrounding attractions for those wanting to explore further afield from Blackpool’s seaside attractions. The Lake District is an hour’s drive away, Botany Bay shopping experience is a 40- minute drive, and Ribble Steam Railway a leisurely 30-minute drive, all offering a unique experience and a fun day