Though nobody knows for sure just how long Blackpool has had human settlements, a 12,000 year old Carleton Elk skeleton dates evidence as far as the Paleolithic era. For quite some time the area was occupied by both Viking’s and Anglo Saxon’s who surprisingly lived in peace and harmony for centuries as a farming nation.
When the trendy practice of bathing in sea water to cure disease came about in the 18th century, Blackpool began to flourish. Since the trip was expensive, it was mainly the upper crust that came to bath in Blackpool’s waters. It put the city on the map and it soon became a pioneering city – one of the first to have rail systems and electricity. Ever since it thrive on tourism right up to modern times.
Blackpool is constantly striving to bring the best to its tourists. It constantly sees proposals and will soon be erecting a 30 acre indoor entertainment complex, five themed entertainment areas, rooftop gardens, more shopping, a 12,000 seat arena, four top notch hotels, and its own version of the London Eye.
Blackpool has the type of English seaside weather one might imagine. There are mild winters and sunny summers. The fall is often very wet and receives at least 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, though the weather is still reasonable. The average July high is 20°C (68°F) and in December 3°C (37°F).
The best time to go to Blackpool is during the summer months because it is a lively seaside community, actually one of the favorite beach spots in the entire UK. During the summertime, Pleasure Beach has an upwards of 6 million who seek out thrill rides, fun in the sun, relaxation, and unique events like the Blackpool Illuminations when 11 km (7m) are light from within.
If you want to avoid summer crowds, spring is a great time to go. There is little rainfall and the weather is just beginning to warm up. However, there are not as many events or entertaining things to do as in the summer.
Blackpool is connected internationally by the Blackpool International Airport. It has regular flights throughout the UK and Europe. It is one of the oldest airports in the UK – it’s been open since October 1909!
From the airport you can get to the city by:
* Squires Gate railway station which has two direct trains – Northern Rail Pacer and Sprinter – that go to Blackpool South, Preston, and Colne.
* Blackpool Bust Transport, which is only open in the summer, though it provides service straight into Blackpool or as far as Fleetwood and Manchester respectively.
* Starr Gate’s tram stop makes a stop on the Blackpool tramway and continues onward to Bispham, Cleveleys, and Fleetwood.
* Taxis can be rung from a free telephone within the airport.
National Express takes care of most of the long distance coach services to and from Blackpool.
The Blackpool Transport tramway, which is one of the few surviving original lines, runs along the coastline from Starr Gate in Blackpool to Fleetwood.
And for those driving in, the M55 motorway links Blackpool to the national motor system.
In Blackpool, the best way to go quickly from one end to the other is by either the Northern or TransPennine Express railways. Blackpool has access to these trains via a handful of stations including: Blackpool North, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool South, Layton, and Squires Gate.
There is also a pair of main bus companies – Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach Express – that operate both regional and within Blackpool.
Blackpool also has 76 operating trams and 7 trailer cars. They are varied in the way that they look yet all present a unique alternate. The Tramway is owned by the city and has a line that extends to Fleetwood along the Promenade.
Taxis can always be called upon, especially late at night when the other means of transportation are shutdown for the evening.