We stayed 2 nights in Blackpool back in May, during our big city trip: going to 6 different cities in 5 days that we hadn’t been to before. Blackpool was the only seaside trip of the week and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard mixed feelings about it but… after looking online and doing some research I was so excited! Because it seemed like there was so much to do and TONS of family-friendly attractions. My first thought was “this is going to be expensive” but seeing as the rest of our trip was very budget-friendly, I figured a treat would be ok! 😀 Stanley Park, Madame Tussauds Blackpool Tower Eye Review
What We Did & Loved: 2 nights in Blackpool
Stanley Park, Madame Tussauds & Blackpool Tower Eye Review
Our arrival to Blackpool was from Liverpool and took just over 2 hours. Traveling from Sheffield to Blackpool would take 2 and a half hours or 2 hours 45 minutes, personally I think it’s a little too far for a day trip but an early arrival and late afternoon departure may work. 🙂
Blackpool is very busy with attractions. It wasn’t so busy with people when we went, though. There’s pleasure beach, a huge theme park on the seafront and 7 attractions with the Merlin Entertainment Blackpool BIG Ticket. Honestly, when I was researching what to do and planning out iterinary for 3 days (one day we arrived late so couldn’t do anything), it just seemed like way too much and I was very spoilt for choice! I would love to go back for a few days (or longer to fit it all in) and get the big ticket but it’s not cheap coming in at £46 an adult and £8.95 for toddler. But, you do get seven attractions included, such as:
- The Blackpool Tower Eye
- The Blackpool Tower Circus
- The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
- Jungle Jims
- The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
- SEA LIFE Blackpool
- Madame Tussaud’s Blackpool
Seriously, there’s so much to choose from, right?! There’s a lot of combination tickets to choose such as 2 attractions or 4, but I couldn’t decide; I just thought we would get them whilst there. In hindsight I wish we had booked the combo 2 ticket so save some money. Note to self; book in advance next time & don’t be as indecisive!
We arrived early evening in Blackpool from Liverpool so we didn’t have time to do anything the day before apart from a stroll along the sea front to check out what there was to do. Accommodation wise we just booked a cheap b&b a few streets away from the seafront – I found this on booking.com and there are LOADS of b&bs to choose from in Blackpool so that’s just another thing to be overwhelmed by! haha. They’re all very good value for money, too, ours was £30 a night and had kitchen facilities in our apartment.
2 full days in Blackpool
Stanley Park & Madame Tussauds
On the first full day of our stay we headed straight to Stanley Park. We walked there from our b&b which took around 25 minutes instead of getting a bus (lots to choose from) it would be a short drive from the seafront. I found the park by just googling parks in Blackpool – we love outdoors and free days out so it was important for me to find one in Blackpool. Stanley park is a landmark in itself and huge over 390 acres…
“Stanley Park abounds in wildlife and its features appeal to the naturalist, the plant lover or one who would do nothing more than relax in elegant surroundings. Delightful horticultural displays can be found throughout the park. Don’t miss the Italian gardens, water fountains, statues, rose gardens and Remembrance Garden. Admire the impressive Cocker Tower – a memorial to Blackpool’s first Mayor Dr William Cocker, the bandstand and ornamental bridges over the lake.”
Inside the park is Blackpool Model Village & Gardens, boating lakes with a variety of boats to hire, mini golf, land train, tennis, fishing, play areas, Art Deco cafe and picnic areas.
We had a ride on the land train to the play areas – the playground was fantastic with a mix of adventure playground and sand pit areas. There was lots to play with and we had a picnic, too. I was considering getting a pedal boat for the lake but we ended up spending ages in the playground so we gave that a miss.
The Blackpool Model Village & Gardens look amazing but we didn’t end up going because on arrival it was £7.50 adult which we hadn’t budgeted for. I would definitely go in future though. Honestly, the park is so big with lots to see on foot we just enjoyed walking around and the playground areas. Plus the whole day there worked out free.
Eric had a nap on the walk back into Blackpool and when we got onto the seafront he woke up right as we were passing Madame Tussauds! There’s a huge Shrek by the entrance and (he loves Shrek) he couldn’t believe it… we ended up going in so he could get a photo with it and it was then we decided we would buy some tickets. It was a spontaneous decision, I didn’t think we would bother as it’s quite expensive and not really our sort of thing BUT… I loved it and it was my favourite part of the trip so I’m soooo glad we went in.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool
We bought a combo ticket for Madame Tussauds & Blackpool Tower which cost £33 each but if you book online it’s 36% cheaper so do this!!! I’ve never been to Madame Tussauds before so had nooo idea what to expect. At first going in Eric was scared because it was dark and loud. After being a little bit worried he wouldn’t enjoy it he luckily he did warm up after a few rooms and it was sooo much fun! And really interactive!
All the “people” are so realistic… I know that’s so cliche to say as, duh, it’s Madame Tussauds, and I’ll be honest I’m not very savvy when it comes to famous people but it was fun regardless. The faces, bodies, props; everything is just like a real person and all of the famous people I did know it was interesting to see what they would be like in real life. Taking selfies is a MUST! The lighting is really funny though and can be tricky to get good photos but everyone is busy taking selfies, it’s kinda funny haha.
There’s a sort of trail leads you through the attraction, from one room to the next with a theme in each room. After a few rooms I was starting to think “I bet it’s going to end soon and that wouldn’t be very good value for money” BUT that was before less than half! It was much bigger than I expected and I think in total we were there a few hours and that was being quick because Eric found some parts scary and dark.
At the “half way point” after a TV/Media type room is a “real” Coronation Street Rovers Pub. And… it’s an actual pub! You can sit in there and buy an alcoholic or soft drink, haha this was so quirky and funny, I just couldn’t stop laughing. I still laugh when I think about it. I’m not a fan of Coronation street but it was so surreal and we sat right next to Deodre Barlow, hahahaha. Having a pint in a fake Coronation Street Rovers Pub with Dot Cotton in the middle of Blackpool. Ha.
The photo opportunities are great, it’s much more interactive than I expected where you can sit/stand with the people, get involved with the props, pretend to act like they are and play football… it’s hard to explain but you get what I’m saying, right?! And because everything is so inviting to touch, play with and pretend I think this is why it’s great fun for all ages, even kids who don’t have a clue what the attraction is or who anyone is.
Eric loved being able to go around and get involved in the set ups and play with the props. It was more interactive than just going around and looking at wax works.
The special theme at Madame Tussauds during our visit was Marvel Superheroes… amazing! I really liked Spiderman and The Hulk. The wax works were super high quality and it was amazing to see. I also really enjoyed the music rooms and festival room. Anddd… royal family, oh and right at the end we found the film/presenter room with Shrek & the Gingerman which Eric loved! And a mirror maze. So that was the cherry on the top.
After we left it was a bit surreal to go back into the real world, haha. It was great… better that I expected and I’m sooo glad we went. It’s not something you do often so it’s worth the price and if you book online you get discount, which I definitely recommend. I think once you have visited you can tick off your bucket list, so to speak.
Day 3: Blackpool Tower Eye + Beach
The combination ticket we bought at Madame Tussauds included the Tower eye: another one I thought I wouldn’t be bothered about, but so glad we did. It just shows you that sometimes it’s good to do things a little bit different to what you normally do! The Tower Eye is so unique and with being 518 feet tall knew we had to go and experience it.
Blackpool Tower Eye opens at 10am and we were there for opening, it was not busy at all. Only a few other people at the top and in the lift with us. When at the top, visitors can spend as long as they like up there and a small bar is available. I had doubts wondering if it was would be the sort of thing you go to and then 5 minutes leave, wondering what you paid for! But it is a fun experience and recommend it if you like good views and unique attractions.
The Blackpool Tower is inspired by the Eiffel Tower. A lift takes you right up to the Tower Eye inside the middle of the tower and you can see all the architecture. The staff answer any questions and tell you facts about it while you’re traveling up but it doesn’t take long at all, I think just 1 minute or less. Once out the lift you immediately come out just by the famous glass floor.
Lots of people are scared of heights and couldn’t bare to do this but I took a deep breath and went for it! Eric walked straight onto it with no fear at all, he enjoyed looking down and spotting cars.
In total we were not up there long at all… there isn’t much to do. The whole experience is being up there… so once you take it in, have a look at the views, take a few photographs it is time to leave but you’ll always have those memories with you. I love the photos we have and enjoy looking back at them.
Inside the tower there is so much more to do so the combo ticket is worth it if you’re going to more. But for us, the beach at Blackpool is so nice we didn’t want to waste anymore time not being on there! The sand goes on for miles and miles… and not one, but three piers!
I wouldn’t go to the eye again just because I think once you’ve seen it, you’ve experienced it… maybe in years & years to come, but I wouldn’t rush back. If you’ve never been to blackpool before, like us, it’s a fun experience.
This comedy art work floor above is on the seafront.
Stanley Park, Madame Tussauds & Blackpool Tower Eye Review
Soooo… that’s it! We spent just 3 days in Blackpool and it was a good length of time. To do everything you’d need a lot of money and time… as I mentioned before about the Blackpool big ticket that includes 7 attractions. You can easily do a visit on a budget though, and just stick to the beach and park but it’s hard to resist the attractions!
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