2013-04-05 / Community

A Boardwalk And Beach To Consider: Blackpool, UK

By Dan Guarino


The North Pier at Blackpool, England stretches 1,650 feet over the Irish Sea. It features restaurants, amusements, bars and a theatre. (Photos by Dan Guarino) The North Pier at Blackpool, England stretches 1,650 feet over the Irish Sea. It features restaurants, amusements, bars and a theatre. (Photos by Dan Guarino) The seaside town of Blackpool, England, 27 miles north of Liverpool, has co-existed with the Irish Sea since before the time of the Romans.

Its three piers, North, Central and South, were built between 1863 and 1893 Constructed of cast iron and wood, they feature promenades, bars, carousels, ice cream parlors, tea rooms, restaurants, theatres, arcades and amusements. The Central Pier sports an amusement park, complete with a roller coaster and huge Ferris wheel. The longest, North Pier, stretches some 1,650 feet out over the ocean.

A set of broad stone levels, ramps, plateaus and a seawall rise up to place the town above the tides of the “pleasure beach,” as the English call it.

Blackpool, in its heyday a booming British holiday destination and still a popular tourist attraction, has weathered many storms. Yet more than a century later her piers and beach, and the town that sits above them, still welcomes visitors.



South Pier sports a full scale ‘fun fair’ amusement park, complete with roller coaster and Ferris wheel. South Pier sports a full scale ‘fun fair’ amusement park, complete with roller coaster and Ferris wheel.

Walking the North Pier in Blackpool, a popular pastime even on a cloudy English day. Walking the North Pier in Blackpool, a popular pastime even on a cloudy English day.

High tide at the beach, with the wellknown Blackpool Tower perched high above. High tide at the beach, with the wellknown Blackpool Tower perched high above.

Steps and stone ramps lead from the beach up to the town of Blackpool above. Steps and stone ramps lead from the beach up to the town of Blackpool above.

Despite experiencing ocean storms for centuries, the popular tourist town sits safely on the Northern English coast. Despite experiencing ocean storms for centuries, the popular tourist town sits safely on the Northern English coast.

“See It. Feel It. Love It!” Even the buses invite people to come and enjoy the beach! “See It. Feel It. Love It!” Even the buses invite people to come and enjoy the beach!

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