The UK’s favourite holiday resort attracts millions of visitors. Whether you’re looking for thrills and excitement, family entertainment and historic gems or beautiful gardens and stunning beaches, Blackpool has it all. Visitors to Blackpool enjoy a traditional British holiday, coupled with the adrenaline hit of the Pleasure Beach amusement park. The town is famous for its tower and its three piers. From September to November 5 miles of the Promenade are illuminated with thousands of electric and neon lights – the Illuminations.
But what if you have accessibility needs? How can you be confident that you’ll find places to visit in Blackpool that will be accessible to you?
Our list of 5 accessible places to visit in Blackpool is here to help you be prepared, whether you need:
- step-free access
- wheelchair access
- ramps and lifts
- a hearing loop
- audio formats
- Braille or large print
- staff trained in sign language
- details of parking facilities
- information on light and noise levels.
For each place on the list we’ve linked to our Detailed Access Guide, which tells you all about a venue’s access. They are all 100% facts, figures and photographs, collected by trained AccessAble surveyors who check out every single place in person.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Britain’s most popular amusement park has 125 rides, attracting seven million visitors annually.
There’s Nickelodeon Land and its 12 exciting rides across the fantastic worlds of some of the world’s most popular cartoons, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar Airbender, Dora’s World Voyage, and Rugrats Lost River. There are also family theme park rides for all ages, like Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic, Tea Cups, Thompson Carousel, Dodgems, and a super scary Ghost Train.
Ideal for a family day out, as well as rides the Pleasure Beach has famous attractions and shows.
Key accessible facilities include accessible toilets, blue badge parking and seats for those who need them.
The Blackpool Tower Eye and solid-glass SKYWALK offer the best views across the North West of England from the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower. Begin your journey to the top with a visit to the incredible 4D cinema. Let the special sensory effects and incredible filming bring the history of the Blackpool Tower to life in front of your eyes. Then take a trip 380ft into the sky to the top of The Blackpool Tower and experience the thrilling SKYWALK. Walk out if you dare onto the five centimetre thick glass viewing platform, where you can look out into the Irish Sea and see the famous Blackpool Promenade below you. See the North West of England spread out before you with views over Bowland, up to the Lake District and on a clear day down to Liverpool and across to the Isle of Man from the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower.
Key accessible facilities include blue badge parking, a changing places toilet and facilities for assistance dogs.
Created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete.
Key accessible facilities include ramped access, and seats for those who need them
A visit to Madame Tussauds Blackpool is guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a little star struck This engaging and interactive attraction grants you an audience with some of Britain’s best known celebrities; from Olly Murs to Keith Lemon, Bear Grylls, Mo Farah to Jack and Vera from Coronation Street and even HRH Queen Elizabeth II as well as a multitude of other stars from the world of music, sport and entertainment.
Key accessible facilities include step-free access, lifts for public use and a clearly signed route for wheelchair users.
The Winter Gardens Blackpool has entertained and welcomed crowds of revellers in its collection of theatres, ballrooms, exhibition halls and public spaces, since opening in 1878. Amongst its many venues is one of the UK’s largest theatres, The Opera House, which has a capacity near 3000. The Opera House continues to attract the biggest touring shows and events from across the globe. The adjoining internationally revered Empress Ballroom is home of the Blackpool Dance Festival, PDC World Matchplay darts, iconic gigs and many more illustrious events. The Winter Gardens Blackpool is committed to delivering an eclectic and popular range of events, shows and conferences from around the world.
Key accessible facilities include a dedicated accessible entrance, documents available in alternative formats on request, and accessible toilets.
For more information about accessible places to visit, stay, eat and drink in Blackpool, click the links below.