Blackpool Seafront

Take a look around Blackpool Promenade and Seafront

Join us for a look around Blackpool promenade and seafront. Here at Live Blackpool we’ve explored it all for you! Enjoy lots of photographs, video clips, links to more content and much more.

We’ve split the seafront up into sections, with individual pages about each part. Come and take a look – and there are lots more pages in this section for you to explore!

Did you know? Blackpool beach UK is 7 miles long, from Anchorsholme in the north to Squires Gate Lane in the south?

Explore Blackpool Promenade and Seafront – from North to South

The town of Blackpool covers a big area, stretching inland as far as the M55. But it’s a long, thin town too, with a big coastline!

We bet you’re surprised at just how big Blackpool is. Look at it on a map – and you can see why the seafront is 7 miles long! Have you explored it all?

Google map of Blackpool seafront
Google map of Blackpool seafront – click to explore

Accommodation at Blackpool Promenade

There’s nothing quite like staying in a seafront hotel to put the finishing touch to your holiday! Enjoy the sound of the sea and waves, and watch the setting west coast sun. Rain or shine there’s always something to watch and a fascinating view from your bedroom window! There’s more about seafront hotels in Blackpool at this link.

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Blackpool Promenade and Seafront – in the North

The northernmost end of Blackpool seafront is the highest bit of this coast with great views across the Irish Sea.

Anchorsholme sea defences is the very last part of Blackpool seafront in the north, as you reach the neighbouring seaside town of Cleveleys.

Anchorsholme sea defences on Blackpool seafront near Cleveleys
Anchorsholme sea defences on Blackpool seafront near Cleveleys

The £22m Environment Agency funded project to rebuild this seawall completed in 2017. It’s worth a look – you can also park here, right against the seafront, overlooking the view.

From Anchorsholme sea wall (opposite Anchorsholme Park) the land rises steeply at Little Bispham. There’s a big drop between the main road and cliff top walk and the lower promenade against the beach. The top walkway is a great, safe spot for wave watching!

Blackpool seafront at Little Bispham
Blackpool seafront at Little Bispham

Next stop south on your journey along Blackpool seafront is Bispham. This is where the Blackpool Illuminations begin, at the end of Red Bank Road. You can get a lovely fish and chip supper here, before you begin your walk through the Lights.

Where the Bright Lights Begin…

The next video begins right at this junction, heading south to the Cliffs. Follow the big tableaux illuminations against the sea.

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There’s also the Cliff Lift here, against the lower level Boating Pool – now a karting track. Explore this area in the next video –

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Explore the colonnades, hidden between the upper and lower levels of the seafront between Gynn roundabout and Cocker Square. You can just see them in the next photo…

Blackpool Seafront looking along Blackpool North Shore
This photo is taken from the Gynn area – the roundabout past North Pier where the road starts to climb and there’s a steeper drop to the sea

The only high spot on this coastline, it’s a place to enjoy fabulous views over the shore. To your left you’ll see North Pier and to the right Bispham and Cleveleys. Over the water, still looking to the right, are the Lakes. Out to sea you’ll see the offshore windfarms.

Central Blackpool Promenade and Seafront

This is the bit of Blackpool seafront which everyone knows and loves the most! The central section – otherwise known as Blackpool’s Golden Mile. Overlooked by The Blackpool Tower, it’s got that ‘essence of Blackpool’!

At Tower Festival Headland you can stop to read the Comedy Carpet, sit on a seat to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views.

Blackpool seafront, looking towards Central Pier with North Pier behind you
Blackpool seafront, looking towards Central Pier with North Pier behind you

Here’s a quick clip of it, looking north from Central Pier, towards The Blackpool Tower, North Pier, central promenade and the beach.

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Put your feet up and enjoy a virtual walk along Blackpool central seafront. We’ve got LOADS of videos for you to watch over on our Visit Fylde Coast YouTube channel!

Blackpool Central seafront
Looking along Blackpool seafront and promenade from central pier
Looking along Blackpool seafront and promenade from Central Pier

Blackpool Illuminations and Christmas by the Sea

Once upon a time, seaside towns were for high-days and holidays. Now, Blackpool is moving towards being a year-round resort. Especially since the invention of the spectacular Christmas by the Sea!

The Blackpool Illuminations have transformed the autumn months for well over 100 years, traditionally ending at October half-term. Now the Christmas by the Sea extravaganza picks up almost where the Lights leave off. Now you can enjoy fantastic fun and entertainment at Blackpool Promenade right through to the New Year!

Christmas by the Sea

Blackpool Promenade and Seafront – in the South

Carry on past Central Pier and the sweeping curves of the stepped sea defence continue as far as South Pier. This is a lovely part of the coast to enjoy a walk – on the promenade or big sandy beach.

Here’s the view from Central Pier –

This video is a walk from a midpoint between Central and South Pier at about Waterloo Headland, going as far as South Pier. Look how clean it is – and that lovely beach!

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Around South Pier are the Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark. Two of your favourite attractions, making for a great atmosphere!

This next video features Blackpool seafront at the Sandcastle. Join us for a walk around the back of this big blue building, to see the part between it and South Pier –

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New South Promenade

Heading further south along the seafront and the design of the most recent stepped sea defences changes. The new design with extended headlands stretching out into the sea changes into the straighter shape of New South Promenade.

The wide promenade opposite the Solaris Centre also includes pieces of public art. You can’t miss the iconic Glitterball!

The concrete sea wall at New South Promenade also includes ‘sea bees’. They’re hexagonal concrete shapes (below) that disperse the energy of the waves.

More than a sea defence, they’re home now to wildlife in their little artificial rock pools. After years of being submerged in water twice a day, seaweed and marine life now grow in them. The pockets of water left with each outgoing tide are a perfect size to create individual rockpools.

Blackpool seafront - Looking towards South Pier and the Pleasure Beach from Blackpool South
Blackpool seafront – Looking towards South Pier and the Pleasure Beach from Blackpool South

Golden Sandy Beaches of Blackpool Seafront

Miles of golden sandy beach are yours to enjoy in winter or summer. Whatever the weather you can enjoy the promenade walkway right against the sea. And don’t forget those amazing sunsets!

If you love this marine environment you might want to help to look after it too. Everyone can help – pop your litter in a bin or pick any rubbish up that you see. Or you might want to help out by joining beach clean events. It might not seem like it but a lot of work goes into looking after Blackpool beach.

The quality of the golden sands at Blackpool beach are recognised with the annual Seaside Awards. Spot the flags flying high over the seafront during the summer season. It does, of course, mean that you can’t take your pooch on the beach during summer. Find out about the restrictions around dogs on beaches.

West coast sunset, setting over Blackpool
West coast sunset, setting over Blackpool

The Wildlife of Blackpool Promenade

Although it’s a man-made wall, the beach is still a rich table for the birds that feed there. And of course Blackpool wouldn’t be Blackpool without the resident seagulls!

You might have seen great big clouds of starlings, flying in swoops and turns over Blackpool beach. They’re an amazing natural sight – called a murmuration. Find out more about these birds and when’s best to see them. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see lots of wildlife along the whole of the Fylde Coast.

Did you know? If you’re lucky you might see Dolphins and porpoise swimming offshore from Blackpool?

From a Pandemic to Record Breaking!

2020 was possibly THE most bizarre year in Blackpool’s history – when the Covid-19 pandemic was in full swing. So very strange to see the normally bustling promenade practically empty of people, vehicles and life. It’s not something that any of us are in a hurry to ever see again!

We did manage to capture quite a bit of this bizarre period in the towns history. Take a look at a Covid-Year in Blackpool here.

However, the sheer scale of Blackpool’s post-pandemic recovery was revealed in new tourism figures published in December 2023. They show that the annual number of visitors to Blackpool in 2022 surged past 20 million! The annual STEAM report analyses data from tourism and hospitality businesses. It shows that the resort attracted a further 1.5 million visitors to what was a record year in 2021.

It values the resort’s tourism economy at more than £1.7bn compared to £1.4bn in 2021, supporting in excess of 22,000 jobs.

Own your own Blackpool Promenade and Seafront!

Live Blackpool is part of Visit Fylde Coast, a digital media product, independently published by The Rabbit Patch Ltd. We’re a design and creatives company right here on the Fylde Coast and we have an online shop called Seaside Emporium where we sell our own original art.

This is our original watercolour painting of Blackpool Seafront – it’s available in various sizes as a framed, mounted or plain print. Have a look around at both local scenes and traditional seaside views.

Blackpool Seafront, original watercolour painting from Seaside Emporium

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