The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Blackpool
Here is everything you need to know about Blackpool, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
House price’s in Blackpool
Is Blackpool a nice place to live?
Is Blackpool safe?
Landmarks and History
Travelling in Blackpool
Eating and drinking in Blackpool
Shopping in Blackpool
Hotels in Blackpool
Top 10 things to do in Blackpool
Blackpool is a large seaside resort located in the county of Lancashire. Blackpool is situated by the Irish Sea between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries. Blackpool is 27 miles north of Liverpool and 40 miles Northwest of Manchester. Blackpool’s seafront consists of a stretch of 7-mile sandy beach, with a flat coastline in the south of the district. The majority of the district is built up, with little rural space. Because if the low-lying terrain within Blackpool, it is prone to flooding, there is however a project to rebuild the seawall and promenade, so this should help with the flooding.
The population of Blackpool is estimated at approximately 139,300.
For a property in Blackpool you will pay on average £135,999 which is a rise of 1.89% in the last three months and a rise of 8.99% from the previous year. You can buy a flat in Blackpool for £95,100 on average. A terraced houses sell for an average of £107,551, semi-detached sell for £138,683 on average. For a detached house you’ll pay £232,290 on average.
Blackpool is known for being a popular seaside resort and is known for its many attractions. Blackpool isn’t the most affluent area which means the house prices are lower than the national average and living costs are not too much. The employment rates have been increasing year on year in the Blackpool area and the crime levels are no higher than the national average. Blackpool is considered a commuter town, so there may be better work opportunities outside of the area.
In an average month in
Blackpool there are around 1596 street-level crimes. The majority of these incidents were anti-social behaviour which made up around 960 if these reported incidents. The second most reported crimes were violent crimes with roughly 292 reports falling into this category. As Blackpool is a popular destination for stag and hen dos, it not that surprising that most crimes are classed as anti-social behaviour.
Blackpool Pleasure beach
Blackpool pleasure beach was founded in 1896 by A. W. G. Bean and his partner John Outhwaite. It has been family owned since then and its current managing director is Bean’s great-granddaughter Amanda Thompson. Pleasure Beach takes up 42 acres along the South Promenade and is less than 3 miles from the Blackpool North Railway Station. The park is split up into 3 sections; North Park, Nickelodeon Land and South park. There are rides and attractions for every age so this is a perfect place for families to visit. There are plenty of places to eat and drink and a gift shop for you to visit. A true must go places for anyone visiting Blackpool.
The most famous landmark in Blackpool, if not one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK, The Blackpool Tower first opened to the public on 14th May 1894. The Towers building take up 6,040 square yards and is a Grade One listed building. It also houses the world-famous Tower Ballroom, which is known to its unique sprung dance floor and beautiful architecture and is the foremost destination for dance fan around the world. In recent years, the ballroom has become more famous thanks to the TV show Strictly Come Dancing, which hosts a show there every year. There are also other attractions for you to visit in the Tower; The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, The Fifth Floor, SEA LIFE Blackpool and Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
Being a popular tourist destination, Blackpool has strong transportation links. The bus services are provided by Blackpool Transport, Stagecoach Northwest, Catch 22 Bus and Lancashire County Council. The train lines are to the North and South of the town and provide direct links to Preston, Manchester and other major destinations. There is also a Tramway in Blackpool that runs between Starr Gate and Fleetwood.
The White Tower Restaurant
Located on the penthouse floor of the Casino Building, this stunning restaurant is only accessible via a private lift. The décor is calm and neutral featuring a sunken bar and private outdoor terrace and a real open fire. You can enjoy fine dining while taking in the spectacular views of the sea and Blackpool promenade. The White Tower Restaurant can also be hired for private events and acts as a wedding venue.
Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant
Wan’s restaurant is ranked as one of the best three Chinese restaurants in the UK, so you know you are going to get some great food. This does mean that it is incredibly popular, so you will need to book in advance. It was established in 1961 and has been serving the people of Blackpool authentic Chinese cuisine ever since. They believe that every meal should be special, and the restaurant takes special care to make sure everyone has the best experience.
The Stone Grill
This relatively new restaurant has quickly become popular with locals and has become one of the finest places in town. They serve meats directly on hot stones, which is a great way this place sets itself apart from other steak venues. They use only locally sourced produce and get daily deliveries of fresh meat and fish, means the meals are top quality every time.
Houndshill Shopping Centre
This shopping centre is located in the centre of Blackpool, just behind the Tower. There are over 50 retailers in the centre; you’ll find high-street favourites, such as JD, Primark, next and many more. You will also find a large selection of places to eat and drink, including a Starbucks and Caffé Nero.
This Grade 2 listed building was a cinema, before it was a home an array of stalls selling antiques, crafts, vintage and retro clothing. You will also be able to enjoy a vintage tea room. There is a large and easily-accessible car park, the centre itself is free to enter and is open 7 days a week.
Perfect for those looking for a bargain, Affinity Lancashire is set in a picturesque harbour with fabulous views of Morecambe Bay. You will find over 45 outlet shops boasting a verity of discounts. There is also a nautical themed outdoor play area, meaning you can keep the kids entertained while you shop.
Abingdon Street Market
This is the place to go for any foodie, you will find meant and fish vendors alongside jewellery and make up stands. At Christmas time they host continental markets.
Norbreck Castle Hotel & Spa
A short tram ride from the city centre and views of Blackpool Sea front the Norbeck is a great place to stay. It also offers live entertainment, sauna and spa as well as a 20-yard pool, making it a good choice for those looking for a bit of luxury. All the rooms are individually decorated and have a bathroom with a shower, bath and hairdryer. You can also choose a room with a sea view. There is a restaurant and bar on site with regular evening entertainment for the over 18s. There entertainment for the kids, in the form of a splash pool, while adults can enjoy the spa bath and gym. The hotel also features an amusement arcade, a 36-seat cinema and a children’s entertainment program during the school holidays.
Grand Hotel Blackpool
Located only a mile for Blackpool’s famous Tower, the grand Hotel features an indoor pool and modern gym. All the rooms at The Grand are fresh and modern and feature a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Almost all the rooms have a view of the Irish Sea. There is a restaurant attached that has a modern grill menu and carvery. On the North Shore, The Grand Hotel Blackpool is 2.5 miles from the Pleasure Beach. There are tram stops within 5 minutes’ walk from the building. Blackpool North Station is a 5-minute drive from the hotel.
- South Pier
- Coral Island
- Madame Tussauds Blackpool
- Fleetwood Market
- Comedy Station Comedy Club
- Blackpool Beach
- The Blackpool Tower
- The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- Sandcastle Waterpark
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