Major landmarks and attractions
Blackpool Tower, opened in 1894, has been a dominant landmark of the Blackpool skyline since that time. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, it is 518 feet (158 m) in height. Beneath the tower is a complex of leisure facilities, entertainment venues and restaurants, including the world-famous Tower Ballroom and Tower Circus.
North Pier, the northernmost of Blackpool's three piers, includes a small shopping arcade, a small tramway and the North Pier Theatre toward the end of the pier. The pier end also used to have a helicopter pad, but this was damaged in a Christmas storm in 1997 and collapsed into the sea.
Grand Theatre, Blackpool was built by Frank Matcham in 1894. It offers an eclectic mix of drama, dance, opera, ballet and comedy including a yearly Pantomime.
Central Pier is the middle (central) pier, and includes a large Ferris wheel and shops.
Sandcastle Water Park is the UK's largest indoor waterpark, home to 18 slides and attractions including the largest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world, 'The Masterblaster', and the first indoor "Sidewinder" in the world. Two new slides are currently[when?] being built: Aztec Falls (a bowl slide) and Montazooma (a mat slide).
South Pier is the southernmost pier. Almost directly opposite the Pleasure Beach, it houses a theme park.
Pleasure Beach Blackpool is an amusement park with rides including the Pepsi Max Big One, which was the world's fastest and tallest complete circuit rollercoaster between 1994 and 1996.
The Winter Gardens is a large entertainment and conference venue in the town centre. It includes the Opera House (one of the largest theatres in Europe), Pavilion Theatre, Empress Ballroom, Spanish Hall, Arena and Olympia.
Stanley Park is a Grade II historic park and gardens with golf course, cricket club, sports arena, lake, art deco restaurant, model village, gardens etc.
The Imperial Hotel is a massive red-brick Victorian hotel, which has hosted high-profile guests such as Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.
Blackpool Sands stretch along the whole seafront and comprise the main natural attraction for tourists.
Funny Girls is a drag cabaret burlesque showbar, located on Dickson Road.
Blackpool Zoo provides a home to over 1,500 animals from all over the world.
Viva Cabaret Showbar & Events Suite is a Vegas-style production show venue next to the Tower.
The Comedy Carpet is an area of 2,200m2 opposite the Tower, with jokes and punchlines set into the pavement. It is one of Britain's largest public artworks.
The Great Promenade Show is a series of modern artwork installations along Blackpool's South Promenade, including the Blackpool High Tide Organ, an unusual musical monument that uses the movements of the sea to make music.
Madame Tussaud's Waxworks is a waxwork museum, featuring models of celebrities, musicians, sports personalities and a Chamber of Horrors.
The Odeon Cinema is situated on a multi-complex site, on Rigby Road, with 10 screens.
Sea Life Centres is a large aquarium featuring a walkthrough shark tank, located on the Promenade near Central Pier.