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Visiting The Fylde Coast

Updated on September 14, 2015
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A markerFleetwood -
Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
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B markerCleveleys -
Cleveleys, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5, UK
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C markerBlackpool -
Blackpool, UK
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D markerSt. Annes -
Saint Anne's, Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire FY8, UK
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E markerLytham -
Lytham, Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire FY8, UK
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History of the Area

Fylde is a Borough in the County of Lancashire where there have been settlements since as early as 600 BC.

Its coast runs from Morecambe Bay in the North to the Ribble Estuary in the South.

It once thrived from the Fishing Industry and it is thought that the Romans had a port in or around present day Fleetwood.

Where to Stay

Choosing where to stay in Fylde is not as simple as choosing the type of accommodation you would like to stay in. There are other factors that will help you choose the best location for your stay.

  • Atmosphere

    Do you want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle or in a quieter location?

  • Attractions

    What type of attractions interest you and how close to them do you want to be?

Fleetwood before the pier fire
Fleetwood before the pier fire
One of the Fleetwood Lighthouses
One of the Fleetwood Lighthouses
Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tower

Fleetwood

Fleetwood is situated at the most northern point of the Fylde Coast. It is a port town which has seen a decline in the recent past but has been undergoing a transformation. The Town is Victorian and still holds its charm in the many buildings that are still standing.

Attractions

There are attractions for all the Family in Fleetwood.

Farmer Parr's Animal World

If you of anyone in your family love animals then this is a great place for a day out in Fylde. Here you will also find the Fylde Country Life Museum where you can step back in time and experience what farm life was like in the past.

Cleveleys

There is a wealth of history at Cleveleys with its petrified forests, sunken villages and ship wrecks.

Blackpool

The most famous of the Fylde Resorts. It has lots of Great Attractions, including The Tower and The Pleasure Beach

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Where to stay

Blackpool has a lot of choice when it come to places to stay. There are some great hotels and guest house to choose from.

If you wish to stay near the Pleasure Beach then why not book into The Big Blue Hotel.

Near the Tower there is the Old Butlin's Hotel now owned by the Company who owns their rivals Pontin's. The Grand Metropole Hotel may not be as grand as it once was but its location is a key draw. It is the only Hotel to be located on the Seaward side of the Promenade, just north of the North Pier.

St. Annes

Just south of Blackpool lies the Victorian town of St. Annes, part of Lytham-St-Annes

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Lytham

At the southern most point of the Fylde coast and part of Lytham-St-Annes, this old town sits on the bank of the Ribble.

  • If you are a family then you will probably want to stay in Blackpool and as close to the main attractions as possible.
  • If you like to have lots of activities and entertainment on your doorstep then Marton Mere would be a great choice of location. The Holiday Park is run by Haven and has some great activities and entertainment to keep everyone occupied throughout their Holiday. It is a 3.5 Miles from Blackpool's main Seafront Attractions and just 2 miles from the Zoo and Stanley Park. There are great transport links to the main attractions.
  • If you are an older couple then the quieter Lytham-St-Annes or Fleetwood may be up your street.

Getting about on the Fylde Coast

With the Fylde Coast stretching for over 15 miles you need to find the best way to get around if you wish to explore the area.

Trams

The trams run between Blackpool's South Beach area and Fleetwood. They are a great way to get about along this stretch of coast line.

On Foot

Most of Blackpool's attractions are in walking distance of each other and most of the accommodation. It is also possible to walk from the Starr Gate Tram Stop to St. Annes along the beach or down the main road.

Train

There is a single track line that runs from Blackpool's South Station to Lytham. It has stops serving St. Annes and Fairhaven & Ansdell.

Getting from Fleetwood to Lytham

Tram and train

  • Get the Tram from Fleetwood to Starr Gate
  • Get the Train from Squires Gate to Lytham

If you feel up to it why not stop off and take a walk along the Dunes that make up the Nature Reserve Just South of the Starr Gate Tram stop. Once you have finished there walk the rest of the way into St. Annes. Then get the Bus or Train to Lytham.

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