Blackpool is one of the UK’s most beloved seaside towns, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.
With its beaches, piers and theme park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, is often the focal point for a fun family day trip. There’s also a lot more to discover in the city too!
This week, Quingo Scooters is taking in the best that this seaside resort has to offer. Here’s your accessible attractions guide to a day out in Blackpool…
What to do
Blackpool Zoo is a wonderful 32-acre site that’s home to all creatures great and small. It’s home to more than 1,000 animals from all over the world, from aardvarks to tigers.
Here are just some of the highlights…
- Seeing the animals: At Blackpool Zoo there are several main exhibits including: Orangutan Outlook, Project Elephant Base Camp, Amazonia, Gorilla Mountain, Giraffe Heights, Dinosaur Safari, Children’s Farm, Lemur Wood, Big Cat House, Wallaby Walkabout, Wolf Ridge and Active Oceans. Plus, there’s lots more to see including lions, tigers, penguins, flamingos, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.
- Conservation programmes: As well as protecting and caring for the animals, Blackpool Zoo also supports conservation programmes throughout the world. On your next visit to Blackpool Zoo, why not find out more about this incredible work.
- Animal experiences: While you’re at Blackpool Zoo, there are several activities that you can take part in such as feeding times with penguins and lemurs. If you think you’d make a great trainer, you can also try some of the zoo’s training experiences, such as being a zoo keeper for a day.
- Keeper school courses: If you have kids who are crazy about animals they are sure to love one of the courses that helps them learn about the animals and what the job of a zoo keeper involves. The courses are available to 8-17-year-olds.
- Talks and displays: Blackpool Zoo has several animal talks, displays and feeds every day of the year. This is the perfect chance to see some of your favourite animals up close. What better way to spend your day than learning more about animals from the people who know them best? More information on these talks can be found here.
Blackpool Zoo is fully accessible, starting at its recently resurfaced and level car park, you’ll find 12 Blue Badge spaces and the entrance is accessible with large double glass doors welcoming you into the foyer. In each of the 4 toilet blocks, you’ll find accessible facilities and all exhibits and cafes are accessible.
Full information on accessibility at Blackpool Zoo is available here.
Have you ever wanted to meet your favourite celebrity? While Madame Tussauds may not be able to make that exact wish come true, it does offer the next best thing. With waxwork figures of some of the world’s most famous people, there’s someone that everyone will want to have their photo taken with. From music stars and sports stars to the cast of Coronation Street (including the actual street), you’ll be transported to the sets of your favourite films and tv shows. Make sure you don’t miss the new Marvel Super Heroes exhibit too! Try lifting Thor’s hammer, putting together the Avengers, saving New York with Spider-man or even guarding the galaxy with Groot and Rocket!
Most of the facilities at Madame Tussauds are accessible, as there is a lift between each floor, and staff available to help at all times. More information on accessibility can be found here.
SEA LIFE Blackpool
While you’re by the sea, why not take in SEA LIFE Blackpool and discover some of the amazing creatures that call our seas their home?
The SEA LIFE centre offers an incredible insight into marine life. Let’s look at some of our favourite exhibitions…
- Feeding shows: Feeding times at SEA LIFE Blackpool are a great highlight. Each feed is accompanied by a talk from a member of the SEA LIFE Blackpool team, who explain exactly what’s going on, teach you about the creatures in their care and answer any questions you may have. Keep a special eye out for the shark feeding times, it’s a sight you really shouldn’t miss!
- Interact with the sharks: Unsurprisingly, the Sharks are one of the biggest attractions at SEA LIFE Blackpool. We recommend exploring the maze of tunnels that wind under their huge tank so you can watch them and then visiting the Shark Feeding Experience, where trained keepers will talk you through their diet and you can watch. For those of you feeling particularly daring, you can even go snorkelling in the display!
- Nobby the Giant Lobster: Of all the animals at SEA LIFE Blackpool, not many have a more interesting story than Nobby the Giant Lobster. In 2009, he was caught by fishermen off the coast of North Wales. After being rescued, Nobby was brought to SEA LIFE, where he is now safe and happy. Nobby weighs in at around 10lb, and his keepers think he’s at least 100 years old!
SEA LIFE in Blackpool is fully accessible. You’ll find smooth and even floors throughout, with accessible toilets. Blue Badge parking available on the nearby Bonny Street. More information can be found here
Where to eat and drink
Throughout Blackpool, you’re sure to find plenty of places for fish and chips! Why not try out The Sea Fish and Chips Restaurant near the promenade for a true taste of the seaside? With ramped access at the entrance, you’ll find all the classics inside. From cod to fishcakes.
If you’re in the mood for fine cuisine before catching a show, Empress Grill is the perfect place for you. Located in Winter Gardens, it offers delicious British cuisine.
There are plenty of places to eat in Blackpool, whether you want breakfast, a quick snack, lunch or dinner.
Situated on the North-West coast, Blackpool is easily accessible via several routes. Take Junction 32 off the M6, and the M55 will lead you almost to the beach. In the centre, you’ll find several car parks that offer Blue Badge spaces, including Bonny Street, Central car park, Houndshill Shopping Centre car park and West Street car park. Blackpool is well-connected to the national railway network, with Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations. There are also many bus and coach services that travel into the city. More information on getting here can be found here.
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