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Blackpool


Blackpool is a town on the coast of Lancashire, England in the UK. The town has been a popular center of tourism since the 19th century. As of 2005, Blackpool had an estimated population of 142,900.


Key Facts about Blackpool


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Here are some facts about Blackpool:
  1. Blackpool is a seaside town in North West England, in the county of Lancashire.

  2. Blackpool is located on the Irish Sea coast, between the mouths of the River Ribble and the River Wye.

  3. Blackpool has been a major center of tourism and leisure activity in England since the 1840s. It was the construction of a railway connecting it to nearby industrial cities that spurred this growth.

  4. By road, Blackpool reached by reached using the M55 motorway.

  5. Blackpool is served by Blackpool International Airport, which has flights to Europe and other parts of the UK, although technically the airport lies just outside the borough of Blackpool.

  6. In recent years, changes in popular tastes, and the availability of affordable overseas travel has somewhat reduced Blackpool's popularity as a leisure destination. That said, Blackpool's leisure facilities and sandy beaches continue to attract millions of visitors every year.

  7. Blackpool is also a leading entertainment venue, and specializes in variety shows featuring popular entertainers and comedians.

  8. Blackpool is host to the longest running seaside show in Britain called "Legends". "Legends" features tribute artistes with a live band, and has been performed since 1999.

  9. Blackpool is home to one of the oldest electric tramways in the world, the Blackpool tramway. The tramway dates back to 1885, and runs for a length of 11 miles (18 kilometers). Each year, the tramway carries approximately 6.5 million passengers.

  10. Blackpool is sometimes known as the "gay capital of the North".

    • Historically, many seaside resorts, including Blackpool, have been relatively welcoming of minority groups such as the LGBT community.

    • Since the 1990s, the town has promoted itself as a gay destination.

    • Blackpool had its first Gay Pride parade in 2006.

    • There are severaly bars, pubs, and nightclubs aimed at the LGBT community.

    • There is a local online radio station, Blackpool Gay Radio, which caters to the LGBT community.

  11. Blackpool has featured in many movies and TV series, including Bhaji on the Beach, Funland, Blackpool, Viva Blackpool, and a number of episodes of 999: What's Your Emergency?


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Lonely Planet England (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet England is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, visit Shakespeare's home town or take in a London show; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of England and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet England Travel Guide:

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  • Free, convenient pull-out London map (included in print version), plus over 95 colour maps
  • Covers London, Newcastle, Lake District, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Midlands, the Marches, Nottingham, Cambridge, East Anglia, Oxford, Cotswolds, Canterbury, Devon, Cornwall, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet England , our most comprehensive guide to England, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

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About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Fodor's England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's
Released: 2015-12-08
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan pizzazz, England attracts more than 3 million Americans each year. Fodor's England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and age-mellowed towns to cozy country pubs and London's cutting-edge galleries.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on The Tower of London, Stonehenge, and English gardens
· Major sights such as Yorkshire Dales, Brighton and Its Seafront, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury, Hadrian's Wall, London, Oxford and Cambridge, Coastal Cornwall, Cotswold Villages, and Lake District
· Coverage of: London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; The Thames Valley; Bath and the Cotswolds; Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; East Anglia; Yorkshire; The Northeast; Wales

Planning to focus on London? Check out Fodor's travel guide to London.

Fodor's Essential Great Britain: with the Best of England, Scotland & Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's
Released: 2014-10-21
Paperback (880 pages)

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People travel to Great Britain for the hipness of London, the cozy thatched-roof villages of the Cotswolds, or the wild moors and lochs of Scotland, but all want the most worthwhile destinations and savvy travel tips at a glance. The full-color Fodor's Essential Great Britain provides this with a selective collection of the best of England, Scotland, and Wales.

This travel guide includes:
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· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· Coverage of London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; Oxford and the Thames Valley; Bath, The Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; Cambridge and East Anglia; Yorkshire and the Northeast; Wales; Edinburgh; Glasgow; The Borders and the Southwest; The Central Highlands, Fife, and Angus; Aberdeen and the Northeast; Argyll and the Isles; The Great Glen, Skye, and the Northern Highlands

Planning to focus your trip? Check out Fodor's travel guides to London, England, and Scotland.

England (Country Travel Guide)

By David Else, Joe Bindloss, Marc Di Duca, Peter Dragicevich & Neil Wilson

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Top 20 Places to Visit in England - Top 20 England Travel Guide (Includes London, Manchester, York, Liverpool, Lake District, Cornwall, Bath, Cotswolds, & More) (Europe Travel Series Book 19)

By Atsons

Released: 2015-03-08
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Top 20 Places to Visit in England - Top 20 England Travel Guide (Includes London, Manchester, York, Liverpool, Lake District, Cornwall, Bath, Cotswolds, & More) (Europe Travel Series Book 19)
 
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“20 Best Places to Visit in England” is an easy to use, no-nonsense travel guide showing you the 20 best destinations England has to offer. Packed full of interesting and useful information for each place, this England travel guide is the ultimate travel accessory for discovering this iconic country!


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