City break in Blackpool | classic seaside meets modern beach life

There's more to Blackpool than meets the eye. Venture into this historical, artistic town to learn what this coastal gem is really all about.

I remember the grand allure of the Blackpool Tower and the Blackpool Illuminations light festival as a kid. And then there was The Big One: a sky-high rollercoaster that I didn’t dare ride but watched as my siblings did. I told everyone at school I’d been on it. I also wasn’t brave enough to admit that I hadn’t.

Flash forward to today and I still won’t ride The Big One, but there are plenty of other attractions that see me coming back to visit. Whether it’s the classic seaside sights or the modern highlights that I’ve only discovered recently, I’ll be showing you the best places to visit and my favourite Blackpool hotels to stay in while you’re here.

SEE | classic Blackpool seaside and contemporary sights

It’s all about the seaside but also about modern art and theatre in Blackpool.

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STAY | quaint and classic to stylish seaside: Blackpool hotels for every taste

Whether you prefer classic bucket and spade charm or modern comforts, you’ll find it all in Blackpool’s hotels.

Classic | Victorian seaside stay with restaurant and ocean views


Traditional seaside spirit oozes from The Imperial Hotel, found in a grand Victorian building facing the North Promenade. As I wandered through this hotel I could imagine the seaside goers of the 19th-century arriving with their buckets and spades ready for a jolly on the beach. It’s classic with a whiff of luxury with its old school patterned wallpaper and carpets, chandeliers, and the Palm Court restaurant with its sea views.

Imperial Hotel Blackpool

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (2573 reviews)

Classic | boutique stay in a friendly local guest house


Guest houses are aplenty in Blackpool, but boutique Number One South Beach stands out from the crowd. Rooms are decorated with luxury touches, there’s lots of rich jewel tones, textured fabrics and even some with four-poster beds. Whirlpool baths bring a slice of grandeur to the seaside, while owner Claire will often greet you with lots of local knowledge and a friendly Blackpool welcome.

Number One South Beach

Top rated
9.7 Excellent (299 reviews)

Contemporary | minimal chic hotel with sea views


Hampton by Hilton brings its contemporary signature style to Blackpool with a brand new hotel that opened just last year. Rooms are modern and minimal, with bright white decor, and some boast floor to ceiling windows and sea views. Little touches around the hotel nod to town’s seaside charm, such as old photos of Blackpool on the walls and jars stuffed with Blackpool rock at reception, but there’s also fun talking points like an oversized deck chair that is popular with families taking selfies. There’s even a waffle maker at breakfast… need I say more?

Hampton By Hilton Blackpool

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (2477 reviews)

Contemporary | resort feel in a modern hotel with spa and its own pub


With the feel of a resort, the Village Hotel Blackpool has all the features you’d expect from a trip abroad – a plush spa, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a well equipped gym, a restaurant, and even a pub. Rooms are modern and chic, with colourful style touches and squishy beds. You could just park up and enjoy some downtime here, or if you’re feeling adventurous, wander down to nearby Blackpool attractions such as the zoo and Blackpool Model Village.

Village Hotel Blackpool

7.6 Good (2422 reviews)

EAT | fancy fare and foodie finds in Blackpool's restaurants

Beachside fine dining, chips on the beach and an Asian fusion restaurant that’ll impress any foodie – Blackpool’s dining scene is just getting started.

DRINK | classic Blackpool entertainment and cocktails by the sea

The nightlife is all singing and dancing in Blackpool, but you can find a few chic retreats for a good cocktail too.

DO | let Blackpool entertain you

Of course, Blackpool is all about entertainment, everything from classic shows to hidden highlights.