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6 reasons to get the train to Blackpool this autumn

The Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A famous Lancashire seaside town – Blackpool needs no introduction. But, how many of us have actually spent a day there for solely leisure purposes? Well, if you haven’t, then now’s the time to book those Blackpool train tickets and start planning your itinerary in detail.

Here is our pick of 6 of the most traditional things to see and do in Blackpool this autumn…

Visit Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Made even more famous as the venue for the Strictly Come Dancing Specials, Blackpool Tower Ballroom is an iconic building on the promenade that is well worth a peek. Visiting here takes you back to a bygone era – nostalgic music, elderly couples dancing in the afternoons and kitsch afternoon teas. The atmosphere is uplifting, the interior is stunningly ornate, and the organ music is ethereal - the most perfect venue to start off your Blackpool city tour….

Ride the Big One

This one is for all the adrenaline junkies! Blackpool’s Big One is the UK’s tallest roller coaster – standing at a mighty 235ft! This is a nail-biting venture, even for the most-seasoned roller-coaster riders. With speeds of 85mph and drops on inclined angles of 65degrees, it really will give you a rush like no other. As well as the tallest, the Big One is also one of the longest roller coasters in the UK too – just over 1 mile of pure thrill. Just make sure you ride it before your fish and chips, and not after!

Walk the three piers

As well as vast sandy beaches, Blackpool boasts three magnificent piers - dating all the way back to 1863, when the first North Pier was originally opened. The others – South and Central – were opened later and have since become equally as popular. Here you can sit for a while gazing out into the sea and reflecting on the beautiful views. Equally, you can take a carousel ride, see a comedy show or grab an ice cream as you meander to the end of the pier. Be sure to visit all three.

Get on board the tram

Many UK towns and cities have dabbled with the idea of tram systems over the years, however, Blackpool’s tram system has remained loyally in operation for the past 125 years – pretty impressive! The trams are state-of-the-art and very reliable nowadays, to get you where you need to be on your day trip. But, also if you choose to visit in peak season (before November and after May) you can take a ride on the 11 miles of track where vintage trams still operate around the town centre.

See the Blackpool Illuminations

Starting in August and running until November, the illuminations are a real spectacle – and something to be savoured once the night’s grow darker. The lights come on as soon as the light’s fade each evening and feature every type of illumination you could think of – from neon flex lights to LED’s, installations and illuminated gardens. The kids will love it and the grown-ups will feel nostalgic in all the magic, too.

Eat ice cream

An iconic spot for an Italian ice-cream, Notarianni’s ice cream parlour has been open on Waterloo Road for the past 70 years! Today run by the great grandson of Luigi Notarianni, you can still expect the same great quality as you could when it first opened. Try a traditional waffle cone, an oyster or a milkshake, or if you feel like going all out, choose a Notarianni Sundae – served in the same colours as the Italian flag! Buon Appetito.

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