Blackpool boasts some important landmarks, most of which appeared originally as part of the flourishing tourist industry.
Major landmarks and attractions
, the northernmost of Blackpool's three piers, includes a small shopping arcade, a small tramway and the North Pier Theatre toward the end of the pier. The pier end also used to have a helicopter
pad, but this was damaged in a Christmas storm in 1997 and collapsed into the sea.
Sandcastle Water Park
is the UK's largest indoor waterpark, home to 18 slides and attractions including the largest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world, 'The Masterblaster', and the first indoor 'Sidewinder' in the world.
is the southernmost pier. Almost directly opposite the Pleasure Beach, it houses a theme park.
The Winter Gardens
is a large entertainment and conference venue in the town centre. It includes the Opera House
(one of the largest theatres in Europe), Pavilion Theatre, Empress Ballroom, Spanish Hall, Arena and Olympia.
is a Grade II historic park and gardens with golf course, cricket club, sports arena, lake, art deco restaurant, model village
, gardens etc.
stretch along the whole seafront and comprise the main natural attraction for tourists.
is a drag cabaret burlesque showbar, located on Dickson Road.
provides a home to over 1,500 animals from all over the world.
Viva Cabaret Showbar & Events Suite is a Vegas
-style production show venue next to the Tower.
The Comedy Carpet
is an area of 2,200m2 opposite the Tower, with jokes and punchlines set into the pavement. It is one of Britain's largest public artworks.
The Great Promenade Show is a series of modern artwork installations along Blackpool's South Promenade, including the Blackpool High Tide Organ
, an unusual musical monument that uses the movements of the sea to make music.
Madame Tussaud's Waxworks is a waxwork museum, featuring models of celebrities, musicians, sports personalities and a Chamber of Horrors.
The Doctor Who
Exhibition, which closed in 2009, was the biggest Doctor Who exhibition in the UK, containing props and costumes from the long-running BBC
TV series, including some from recently aired programmes.
Sandcastle Water Park
is the UK's largest indoor waterpark, home to 18 slides and attractions including the largest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world, 'The Masterblaster', and the first indoor 'Sidewinder' in the world. Two new slides are currently being built: Aztec Falls(a bowl slide) and Montazooma (a mat slide).
Cinema is situated on a multi-complex site, on Rigby Road, with 10 screens.
Sea Life Centres
is a large aquarium featuring a walkthrough shark tank, located on the Promenade near Central Pier.