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Living in Blackpool: The Local Area Guide

Blackpool is situated in the northwest of England in Lancashire, and is well known as a popular seaside resort. Villages located within Blackpool were mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, although the earliest recorded human presence goes much farther back - to a 13,500 year old elk skeleton with spear markings. The Blackpool Tower, though sadly no longer one of the worlds 100 tallest towers, is none the less an iconic Blackpool landmark, one that drew inspiration from the Eiffel Tower in its design. It was erected back in 1894 and is classed as a Grade I listed building. Not only does the Blackpool Tower offer an incredible panoramic view of the coastline, it has a 4D cinema and the opportunity to walk out onto a five centimetre thick glass surface overlooking the promenade.

The famed Blackpool Tower Circus has been around as long as the tower itself, and has consistently astounded families with brilliant shows filled with stunts and comedy acts. Stanley Park, a Grade II listed building, can be found in the Great Marton and Layton areas. It is another great place of interest, with Italian gardens, an Art Deco café, and a boating lake. The Winter Gardens play host to the Opera House, which is one of the largest theatres in Europe, as well as the Spanish Hall, Empress Ballroom, Pavilion Theatre and Olympia.


There are around 142,065 inhabitants in Blackpool, according to the 2011 census, with the average age being 41 years old. 88.8% of the population were born in England, while 4.2% were born in Scotland and 1% were born in Wales. 97.2% of the residents are English speakers, followed by Polish at 1.1% and Chinese at 0.1%.

The most common forms of employment in Blackpool are elementary at 14%, administrative and secretarial at 13.6%, elementary administration and services at 12.4%, and caring, leisure and other services at 12.3%.


There are a multitude of primary schools to choose from in Blackpool, with the standout schools being Blackpool St John's Church of England Primary School, Thames Primary School, Roseacre Primary School and Bispham Endowed Church of England Primary School.

In terms of secondary schooling, St Mary's Catholic College received the best Ofsted reports in the whole of Blackpool, followed by St George's School A Church of England Academy, and Highfurlong School. The Blackpool and the Fylde College offers over 60 degree courses, and is partnered with Lancaster University.


Blackpool has a range of high frequency bus services that link Lytham, Bispham, Fleetwood and a range of other places along the Fylde Coast. Blackpool has a £100 million tramway, a very frequent and reliable service that is also very energy efficient.

Blackpool North Railway Station is the main station that serves the resort, although there is also Blackpool South which connects to Preston and Colne. The M55 motorway links up with the M6 at Preston and stretches for 12.2 miles. Blackpool Airport is situated in the borough of Fylde on the periphery of Blackpool itself.

Amenities and Shopping

Blackpool is brimming with entertainment and family activities, and it is no different when it comes to shopping. Houndshill Shopping Centre can be found in the centre of Blackpool and is home to many different retail outlets such as River Island, Debenhams, and HMV, as well as numerous eateries. Abingdon Street Market boasts more than 70 different stalls, offering a diverse range of food, arts and crafts, as well as some welcoming cafés.

McHall's Bistro serves up a fantastic menu, and caters to many dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian. La Fontana Italian Restaurant has a themed décor with a patio fountain and has overwhelmingly good ratings on TripAdvisor. The Wheatsheaf Pub in Blackpool is also a great place to go for a drink, and serves up some fine ales and lagers.

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