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Blackpool on a Budget

Updated on June 17, 2014
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At first glance Blackpool can look like an expensive resort, but it does not have to be that way. There are plenty of free things to do throughout the resort and you may be surprised about some of them.

On the Prom

The prom is a great place at any time of the year. Even when its cold, wet and windy there are lots to do.

On a nice warm day why not take a stroll down on of the three piers. They are all free today, however in the passed you had to pay to walk down the North Pier.

You could spend the day on the beach building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. If you need a bucket and spade there are plenty of cheap options.

Fancy a laugh? Then why not visit the Comedy Carpet. Situated on the Prom opposite the tower this art installation is full of great comedy quotes that will have you rolling around in stitches for hours.

If the weather is a little cold,wet or windy then head into the arcades. Just give the kids a pound of 2p's each and they will have a few minutes if fun.

Take a look around the Tower. It is free to go in and stroll about, but if you want to experience any of the attractions you will have to pay. This is a great way to do it as you can decide what you want to do while you are there, but this can cost you more in the long run if you decide to pay for everything. My advice is to take a look at the website before you go and if you want to do anything in the Tower pre-book your tickets as you will save money.

Situated just off the South Prom on Waterloo Road you will find a lovely shop that sells collectables. Brooks Collectables also houses a Museum that has free entry. Just be sure to check opening times as the Museum is not open everyday.

September and October

One of the best free attractions in Blackpool is the Illuminations.This light display is turned in in September and usually lasts 6 weeks although they had them on for about 8 week in 2013. They light up 6 miles of the sea front and if its not to bad a night a stroll is a great way to get to enjoy them. Be aware that it can be busy and traffic will be built up most of the way along the route.


Town Center Area

The Town center is abuzz with lots of great shops and a few attractions to boot.

The seaward side of the town center is full of the cheap shops that sell the top brands at reasonable prices so there is no need to splash the cash when you need something to drink. There are also a great many eating places and you are sure to find one that suits the budget.

The Grundy Art Gallery is a great place for art lovers and is free to enter making it a great choice for families on a budget.

Inland

Stanley Park

Moving inland there is a great park just over a mile from the sea front. It is easy to get to on foot and there are lots of fun to be had once you are there.

Attractions that will not break the Bank

Attraction
Price
Value For Money
South Pier
Free
Yes
Central Pier
Free
Yes
North Pier
Free
Yes
The Beach
Free
Yes
Stanley Park
Free
Yes
Tower (No attractions)
Free
Yes
Tower Top (On Day)
£12.95 Adult
No
Tower Circus (On Day)
£12.95 Cheapest Adult
No
Tower (All Attractions) (On Day)
£51.80 Adult
Better than individual prices
Tower (All Attractions) (Online)
£30 Adult
Yes
Illuminations
Free
Yes
Brookes Collectables and Museum
Free
Yes
It is better to buy your Attraction tickets before you go as it will save you allot of money in the long run.

How to Save Money on Attractions

The best way to save money on the attractions is to book and pay for your tickets before you go. There are a few different options depending on what you wish do do during your stay. I have provided links to the Booking sites below for you.

My Advice

Plan your holiday

  • Choose your attractions in advance
  • Get advance tickets if you can. (Most Blackpool attractions offer this)
  • Get to know where the attractions are in relation to your accomodation. (This will help you plan your day.)

Search around Online for the best deals on accommodation and attraction prices. You will be amazed at the amount of money you could save just by booking Online in advance.

And don't forget to take advantage of the free attractions, especially the free access to the tower as the views from the terraces are pretty good.

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