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South Pier, Blackpool, Blackpool | Tourist Information


Promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BB

01253343097

South Pier is one of three piers in Blackpool, England. Located on South Promenade on the South Shore, the pier contains a number of amusement and adrenalin rides. It opens each year from March to November and is owned by Six Piers Limited.Construction and openingThe Blackpool South Shore Pier & Pavilion Co. Ltd. was registered in November 1890 and work began to build the pier in 1892. It was constructed, at a total cost of £50,000, using a different method than that used for North and Central piers, the Worthington Screwpile System. It opened, with a choir, two brass bands and an orchestra on Good Friday, 1893. The 3,000 capacity Grand Pavilion opened on 20 May. At 163yd long, it was the shortest of the three piers, and had 36 shops, a bandstand, an ice-cream vendor and a photograph stall,which was different for people in those days. It was built shorter and wider than North and Central piers to accommodate pavilions.HistoryVictoria Pier was considered to be more "upmarket" than North and Central piers, and at first provided little entertainment. Holidaymakers started visiting the South Shore in 1896 when a carousel was installed on the sand dunes. In 1902 the south entrance of the promenade was widened with the construction of the present promenade, and the pier entrance had to be moved back. In 1930 the pier was renamed South Pier. In 1938 the entrance was widened, and the Regal Pavilion constructed.Two fires in six years changed the pier dramatically. First in 1958, a fire damaged the Grand Pavilion, followed by a further fire in 1964 which completely destroyed it. It was replaced with a theatre. In 1963 the Regal Theatre, at the entrance, was converted into the Beachcomber Amusement Arcade.

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Squires Gate railway station
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
Squires Gate Lane
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY8 2

3457-484950

Squires Gate railway station serves the Squires Gate area of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England, although it is located just outside the borough boundary. It lies on the Blackpool South to Colne line and is the nearest station to Blackpool International Airport. Squires Gate is located about from Starr Gate tram stop on the Blackpool Tramway.HistoryBetween 1865 and 1872, Stony Hill railway station was located in the same area. The present station opened on 14 September 1931 by the LMS.It was planned that Squires Gate may have been renamed Blackpool International Station at some point, along with the provision of direct and flat surface access from the station to the airport.ServicesSquires Gate is served by an hourly service northbound to and southbound to and operated by Northern who also manage the station. Sunday services do not run from November to February, but operate for the remainder of the year on an hourly frequency.The majority of services on the line are operated by Class 142 Pacer trains, though Class 150 units also appear.

Clubbercise Blackpool with Paul Morgan
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
Venues Across Blackpool
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY5 3SX

07712680043

South pier
Distance: 1.0 mi Tourist Information
south promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom fy4 1bb

01253 343097

Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, England. The ride was first built in 1923 by John Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; adding arches over the south entrance of the park and additional drops. The ride operates with two trains, each containing three four-bench cars, seating two people per bench. The roller coaster is also referenced in the Jethro Tull song Big Dipper, from their 1976 album Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!In August 1998, Richard Rodriguez set a world record by riding the Big Dipper for over 1000 hours. There is a plaque commemorating this event in the ride's station. Although he doubled this mark two years later to 2000 hours, Guinness World Records nullified the achievements by altering the rules in 2007 and Rodriguez's new record was set on the Big One (roller coaster) and Big Dipper and stands at 405 hours 40 minutes.Accidents (DLAN)On 11 August 2009 - two trains, carrying a total of 32 guests, collided. This resulted in 21 guests requiring treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries ranging from whiplash and broken noses, to cuts and bruises.On 5 June 2010 - there was another incident with part of a train derailing. This occurred at the same point as the 2009 crash, however there were no injuries and the ride began operating again shortly afterwards.

Avalanche (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Pleasure Beach Resort
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

0871 222 1234

Avalanche is the first ever steel bobsled roller coaster constructed in the UK. It was built by Mack of Germany in 1988 at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, an amusement park in Blackpool, England.The ride uses three trains, each consisting of 7 cars. Each car can hold two riders, one behind the other.HistoryAvalanche opened in 1988 and was the first ever Bobsled type roller coaster to be constructed in the UK, it was also the third Bobsled coaster built by Mack Rides, who were in competition with Intamin, the only other company who designed Steel Bobsled Coasters. The ride was to be themed around an Alpine bobsled course, and the station was built to reflect this. The ride was officially opened by Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a famous British ski-jumper, and the British Bobsleigh Team.The rideAvalanche starts by passing through the storage room of the trains, then out of the building and onto the lift hill, so far the ride follows a normal ride track, at the top of the lift hill, the ride is released onto the main downhill track, which the ride is not physically held onto, it travels through various bobsled track style curves, picking up speed, before reaching the lowest curve and curving back up again, it then flattens out and travels into the first brake run, it then releases and the train travels around a bend and onto the second brake run, before being released again to travel into the station. The two brake runs are designed for when the roller coaster operates in full capacity, with all three trains running, so that the two trains returning to the station can wait on the brakes while the train in the station loads and unloads.

Wild Mouse (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

0871 222 1234

The Wild Mouse is a Wooden roller coaster located at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool in Blackpool. Opened in 1958, it's one of only 5 remaining wooden Wild Mouse coasters left in the world and is held in very high regard as one of the finest and most extreme examples of Wild Mouse coasters.HistoryBegun in 1955, both the design and construction of the Wild Mouse was done entirely in-house by the Pleasure Beach. Designed by Frank Wright and opened in 1958 it was the first major ride to be built at the Pleasure Beach since World War II.The ride was subsequently modified in 1960s by the Velare Brothers (the originators of Sky Wheels and Space Wheels). The top circuit preceding the switchbacks, containing a big drop and a shallower dip, was added making the ride about 1/3 longer. Apparently this change was inspired by a similar alteration of the Velare's Wild Mouse at Nu-Pike in Long Beach, California.Ride Layout & ExperienceThe Wild Mouse is by far the smallest of the "adult" coasters at the pleasure beach. The ride itself is packed into more-or-less a cube, bar one turn which pops out over the busy foot path below. Unlike most versions of this type of ride, passengers sit one in front of the other, in tandem.From the station, two 90 degree turns lead to the lift hill. Half way up this, the car passes underneath another part of the track, so close that it is quite easily possible to reach up and touch it. At the top comes the first of many 90° "near miss" turns, as the car nearly ploughs straight into the turret of the nearby Ghost Train. Trim brakes are present just before the next turn, which leads to the first drop; however, these are rarely used. Even if the brakes are working, the car launches itself into the steep first drop, with the proximity of the structure giving a real feeling of speed.

Grand National (roller coaster)
Distance: 0.4 mi Tourist Information
Bond Street
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1EZ

The Grand National is a wooden roller coaster at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. It was designed and constructed by Charles Paige in 1935 and is now one of only three surviving Möbius Loop roller coasters in the world and the only one in Eurasia. It is themed and named after the Grand National; with elements of the ride signposted to mimic features of the horse race. The trains climb the lift-hill and pass under the 'They're Off' sign and race through 'Becher's Brook', 'Valentine's' and 'Canal Turn' before returning to the 'Winning Post'. The ride stands at 62 feet high and has a track length of 3302 feet (6604 in total).Special eventsAndy Hine, the chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, was married on the ride in the early 1990s. A plaque with his name is installed on one of the trains.IncidentsOn 20 May 2004, an electrical fault in the lighting system of the roof of the station caused a fire which destroyed the station and parts of two adjacent rides as well as the trains of the ride. The station was rebuilt and new trains installed and the ride re-opened on 28 October 2004 after repairs were completed.At the start of 2010, Pleasure Beach staff said that due to an electrical fault the ride had, it would not run for some time. However it was running again in July 2010.In 2014, 58-year-old Robert Sycamore broke his neck whilst riding.

Pleasure beach
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
525 Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1EZ

0871 222 1234

Infusion (roller coaster)
Distance: 0.3 mi Tourist Information
525 Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1

0871 222 1234

Infusion, previously known as Traumatizer, is an inverted steel roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, England. It is a 689m standard "Mark 3" model Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) and the first to be suspended entirely over water.HistoryInfusion was relocated from Pleasureland Southport, Blackpool Pleasure Beach's sister park where it was known as Traumatizer. When Pleasureland closed in 2005, the ride was dismantled and moved to its current location where it has operated since. The original ride featured a red track with teal supports, however the track has since been repainted Persian Blue and the supports Midnight Blue. The ride has operated (both in its original and new form) since 1999 and cost a total of £8 million to construct.AestheticsInfusion was built and manufactured by Vekoma Rides Manufacturing based in the Netherlands. It is one of many 689m standard model SLC's found in amusement parks around the world. Riders are seated in eight rows of two for a total of 16 passengers per train with 2 trains being operated at any given time. Most Vekoma SLC's are capable of running up to 10 cars on each train however Vekoma modeled Infusion with only 8 to make the ride both smoother and faster. The ride can carry up to 832 riders per hour when both trains are in operation. The ride is decorated with water jets and fountains and at night is illuminated by floodlighting. Infusion can be found to the right of the Big Dipper on the Watson Overpass and guests must be between 132 cm and 200 cm to ride.

Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
Sandcastle Waterpark, South Beach, Blackpool, FY4 1BB
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BB

1253-340700

Sandcastle Waterpark is the UK's largest indoor waterpark with 18 slides and attractions in an 84 degree tropical climate. There is something to entertain the whole family! Our aim is to ensure our guests have a fun filled and memorable experience, delivered by a polite and attentive team who are commited to providing quality and Guest Service Excellence!!

Lucky Star
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
501-507 Promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BA

01253 34 34 32

Lucky Star is situated on South Promenade, we are a family friendly amusements arcade offering a wide range of entertainments such as 10 lane Bowlingo and the NEW 'Laser Maze' where you can test your skills by avoiding multiple laser beams in the attempt to escape in the quickest time!

Karting2000Raceway
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
south Promenade Adjacent South Pier
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 1BB

01253 408068

Old time photo studio
Distance: 0.1 mi Tourist Information
South pier south promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom fy41bb

07737007978

Blackpool South railway station
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Waterloo Road
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY4 2

3457-484950

Blackpool South railway station serves the suburban south of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It is the terminus of the South Fylde Line from, though most services run through from Colne. It lies only a short walk from Blackpool Football Club's stadium at Bloomfield Road. The station is managed by Northern, who operate all trains serving it.HistoryThe station was originally called Waterloo Road when it opened in 1903, at the junction with a newly built express Marton Line direct from Kirkham. It had four platforms (two for each line at the junction) and soon became a busy station. Until November 1964, the line extended north from here to Blackpool Central. There were extensive sidings to accommodate the many excursion trains which came to Blackpool.The Marton Line closed to regular traffic in 1965; its track bed is now the road called Yeadon Way and the M55 motorway.The station continued to handle through trains from Manchester, Liverpool and London until 1970, when these were all diverted to Blackpool North at the other end of town. It was then reduced to local status only, although it kept its signal box, two working platform faces and double track until 1982. The box was notable in that it was located on the opposite side of Waterloo Road bridge from the station and so could not see the tracks & platforms it controlled, instead being surrounded by the disused railway land once occupied by the main line & aforementioned sidings. After the line was singled west of St Annes and the box was abolished, all trains used the former northbound platform and continue to do so to the present day.

Tristan's Light House
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
19 Lytham Road
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY1 6DU

01253 342713 0r 07850424684

Multi-light sensory/play rooms can help stimulation for anyone, all kids and adults welcome. We offer excellent service for your child's imagination. Some of the things we offer in our rooms are: UV lights Glow in the dark Music Sensory toys Funky seating Seating for all ages Bubble tubes Ball pool UV carpet And much more.. Also great for special needs: ADHD, AUTISM, DOWN SYNDROME, CEREBRAL PALSY, LEARNING DISABILITIES, EDWARDS SYNDROME, can also help CARES/PARENTS, or with STRESS/ANXIETY, (Sensory box with toys/aids to help relaxation on request) Qualified pediatric persons available. First tea, coffee or juice on us with group booking, Free parking (limited) (Carer/parent MUST stay with children at all times) So come on down and enjoy our Deep Sea room, Jungle room or our Space room. Pictures are up on our page so take a look. Visit: www.tristans-lighthouse.co.uk Call: 01253 342713

Blackpool Tower Events
Distance: 0.9 mi Tourist Information
The Blackpool Tower
Blackpool, United Kingdom fy1 5bj

01253629233

The Blackpool Tower is one of Britain’s best loved landmarks. Our iconic venue opened in 1894, where the first visitors stood in awe of the remarkable design, immense scale and ornate decorations. Even today, as attractions have evolved and developed within the Blackpool Tower, visitors are astounded by the remarkable World Famous Attraction’s unarguable wow factor. To get the chance to stage an event in such a prestigious iconic landmark is very rare indeed. Yet thanks to a dedicated and professional team and awesome venue settings that opportunity now exists, here at the heart of the UK’s most popular seaside destination. It can often be difficult to find the “feel good” venue suitable for your requirements. Whether it is a corporate event, conference or sporting tournament, The Tower has some stunning rooms for you to choose from which will exceed your greatest expectations as our venues are transformed into something quite spectacular and awe inspiring.

Slots Of Fun
Distance: 1.0 mi Tourist Information
185-191 The Promanade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY1 5BH

07860 209617

Located on the World Famous Golden Mile on Blackpool Promanade, Slts Of Fun has a range of games to suit the whole family! Check out Blackpools only Kentucky Derby, 50p 1 Race, or 3 races for £1! With prizes available from 1 win only, or save up for that extra special prize! Try your skill on the cranes, to snag the soft toy you want! We've got Minions, Peppa Pigs, Frozen Toys and Much more! Our 2P pushers can keep the kids entertained for hours, with plenty of key rings and sweets to be won! Our burger bar, which is open daily within the season, is home to Britains Cheapest Hotdogs, 50p each with FREE ONIONS AND SAUCE! So what are you waiting for? Come on down for a great day out at Slots Of Fun Blackpool!

Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
85-89 Promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY1 5B

+44 (0) 871 282 9200

Official Madame Tussauds Blackpool Facebook page. Step onto the red carpet and mingle with your favourite TV stars, then go to the locker room and meet your favourite sports stars getting ready for their next game. Then, why not hop on stage with the biggest pop stars before helping TV's crime fighters to solve the latest case? Experience all this and much more at Madame Tussauds. You'll find us on the Promenade, right opposite Central Pier.

Star Trek: The Exhibition
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
45 – 59 THE PROMENADE
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY1 5AA

0844 844 0444

Star Trek: The Exhibition hits The Golden Mile in Blackpool from 30th June. Reconnect with your own spirit of adventure and boldly go this summer! Experience Star Trek as never before in this extraordinary exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of the most enduring science fiction franchise in history. Follow the journey of Star Trek from the very first TV broadcast in 1966, through all 6 television series and 12 feature films. With a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise bridge, original props, costumes, models and sets, the exhibition brings together a unique collection of genuine and original Star Trek artefacts.

Blackpool SEA LIFE centre
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
Promenade
Blackpool, United Kingdom FY1 5AA

0871 423 2110