Free Things to Do in Blackpool
Budget-friendly Blackpool? It's all here!
Some of the best things in life are free. Blackpool is the perfect example of what this can mean - you shouldn’t feel obliged to flash the cash to have a great time, particularly when coronavirus has left many people with a little less money to spend on holidays.
Here at the hotel, we’re all about providing an elegant experience with warmth and a little touch of Imperial magic, but we absolutely encourage you to get out and explore the rest of Blackpool, too!
We’ve got some suggestions for trying something new or making some savings whilst holidaying here with us.
Glorious golden sands
Enjoy a relaxing walk along Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile (there’s six miles, really!).
With sweeping Spanish steps, Blue Flag award-winning beaches, unmatched views across the Irish Sea and scenic picnic spots, you’ll love Blackpool’s beautifully restored and regenerated seafront.
Head down to the sand, there’s plenty of space for sandcastles, sunbathing and family games to make a day of it.
Image: Sean Conboy for VisitBlackpool
Spoiled for choice
Blackpool is the only UK seaside resort to have three piers, and you can enjoy them all for free.
Blackpool’s first pier, North Pier, was built in 1863 and its charms have endured. All three piers remain faithful to their original concept – providing family fun with a range of amusements, live music and dancing.
North Pier was always the posh pier and remains a wonderful place to enjoy a stroll over the Irish Sea, while Central Pier is very much a family entertainment complex South Pier is all about big thrills.
Brooks Collectible’s has been a family-run shop since 1949 that has free entry to their first-floor memorabilia museum which has multiple toy-related exhibits. Near Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Brooks specialises in die-cast models both old and new, but features museum exhibits that include scale models of famous landmarks, Edwardian and Victorian china souvenirs, dollhouse and doll collections, coins, stamps, football memorabilia and an 1890 map of Blackpool measuring 10ft x 14ft which predates the construction of Blackpool Tower!
Speaking of treasure, big kids and little kids alike are happy being kept occupied with a pot of two-pence pieces in the pirate-themed Coral Island!
Stanley Park is Blackpool's biggest park and recently won the Fields in Trust award for the UK’s Best Park! Take the frisbee, take the football, take everybody!
With gorgeous Italianate gardens, the whole park is perfect 'family photo territory' and is a great spot for some Instagramming!
You can enjoy the tranquility of the park for free but can enhance your visit by hiring a boat or pedalo to explore the park's expansive lake. We love having picnics here – you can choose a spot almost anywhere and it’ll be picturesque and peaceful, and if you time it right, you can enjoy some of the many events held here including nature walks, children’s entertainment and live music.
Image: Friends of Stanley Park
Some culture, darling
Culture vultures will love the public art on display from the Comedy Carpet which, laid into the floor, immortalises and celebrates the jokes, songs and catchphrases of Britain’s most well-loved comedians.
The Great Promenade Show is generally thought of as an outdoor art gallery reflecting Blackpool’s history and character, with ten large-scale works commissioned from both established and emerging artists. These include the world’s largest dance hall mirror ball (six metres in diameter!) and two swivelling wind shelters shaped like a whale's tail that are designed to align with the wind to give shelter from Irish Sea gusts. There’s also 15-metre High Tide Organ that is played by the sea at high tide through eight pipes attached to the sea wall and Glam Rocks - three large pebbles with constellations of hundreds of fibre optic lights which slowly change colour and sparkle.
For a more traditional cultural experience, the Grundy Art Gallery has fascinating exhibitions and is completely free to visit.
Image: Sean Conboy for VisitBlackpool
Cosy up and settle in
Whilst you’re staying with us, we want to look after you and let you know that taking it easy is totally fine. Don’t feel obliged to make endless plans. We have multiple spaces here at the hotel for you to relax with a delicious hot drink and a bite to eat where you might want to read a book, enjoy some quality conversation with your loved ones, or simply to watch the world go by.
If you have ran out of reading material, check out our 'Library of the Stars' in the Derby room where we have an enormous collection of books by our famed guests. Our team are trained to make you feel at home, so if you’d like to spend your visit just with us, we can’t wait to have you!
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