Blackpool Town Centre

Blackpool Town Centre

‘Shopping by the Sea’ is a great way to describe Blackpool  Town Centre. Here, you can mix a trip to the seaside with a visit to the high street!

Blackpool town centre covers more or less the inland area behind the promenade, between North Pier and Coral Island. The land at the rear of the Golden Mile and Blackpool Tower.

Look around Blackpool Town Centre

The promenade along Blackpool seafront is lined with the attractions that we all love, along with gift and souvenir shops.

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You’ll find all this more or less from North Pier to the junction at the Manchester Hotel. Bonny Street Market (below) is at the rear of the SEA LIFE centre.

Bonny Street Market in Blackpool Town Centre

After a run of seafront hotels and places to stay, there are more shops and attractions at South Shore.

Blackpool Town Centre is Pedestrian Friendly

Most of the main shopping streets in Blackpool town centre are pedestrianised. A lot of the highways are one-way, so traffic is far from heavy in the main shopping area.

Bank Hey Street (below) is the pedestrianised road which runs parallel to the promenade, behind Blackpool Tower and the next block of buildings where you’ll find Viva.

Bank Hey Street, Blackpool Town Centre, behind the Tower
Bank Hey Street, Blackpool Town Centre, behind the Tower
Bank Hey Street in Blackpool Town Centre
Bank Hey Street in Blackpool Town Centre. Viva Blackpool is on your left.

St John’s Square is the pedestrianised area outside the Winter Gardens. It’s a central spot between Abingdon Street and Church Street.

Here, there are pavement cafes, restaurants and an open performance space, where you’ll often find events and entertainment.

Blackpool St Johns Square, outside the Winter Gardens, in Blackpool Town Centre
Buskers at Blackpool St Johns Square, outside the Winter Gardens, in Blackpool Town Centre

Church Street is also pedestrianised. That’s the one that runs at right angles to the sea, past the front of the Winter Gardens, Marks and Spencer, the Grand Theatre and Viva to join the promenade near Festival House.

Church Street in Blackpool town centre, and the Grand Theatre
Church Street in Blackpool town centre, and the Grand Theatre

Blackpool Town Centre includes the Railway Station

Inland, the town centre area includes Blackpool North railway station. A major building project is underway to build an extension to the tramway at Talbot Road. It will connect the seafront tram lines with the train network.

This is also the area where you’ll find the large Sainsbury’s (below) and Blackpool Council offices at Bickerstaffe Square. It’s part of the Talbot Road Gateway project.

Talbot Gateway, Sainsburys and Blackpool Council offices in Blackpool Town Centre
Talbot Gateway, Sainsburys and Blackpool Council offices in Blackpool Town Centre

Blackpool BID

Blackpool Town Centre is managed by Blackpool BID.

The businesses in the BID area pay a levy which is used for a variety of things, to make the town centre cleaner, safer and more attractive for people who work there, shop and visit.

Blackpool Town Centre – whatever the weather

Although it’s a traditional outdoor town centre, Blackpool is actually quite kind to shoppers who are out in poor weather.

Although it covers quite a large area, the shops in Blackpool are actually quite close together. You don’t waste loads of time and energy walking from shop to shop – and when it’s raining you can dodge most of the raindrops!

Not forgetting that the Houndshill Shopping Centre is undercover so you won’t get wet in the rain – or burnt if it’s boiling!

It’s on the left of the photo below and under the watchful eye of Blackpool Tower. There you’ll find around 70 retailers, and a multi-storey car park.

Houndshill Shopping Centre under the Tower in Blackpool Town centre
Houndshill Shopping Centre under the Tower in Blackpool Town centre

You can browse in comfort inside the Houndshill Centre where you’ll find Debenhams, Primark and other major chains.

Houndshill Shopping Centre indoor mall in Blackpool Town Centre
Houndshill Shopping Centre indoor mall in Blackpool Town Centre
Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool town centre
Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool town centre. Not many yards behind where this photo was taken is the sea!

Primark (on the right in the photo below) opens out onto Bank Hey Street. That’s the pedestrianised area to the rear of Blackpool Tower which we explored at the start of this page!

Bank Hey Street in Blackpool Town Centre
Bank Hey Street in Blackpool Town Centre

National Names in Blackpool Town Centre

The national names are well represented in Blackpool with Marks and Spencer, WH Smith, Boots and plenty more having stores in town.

Marks and Spencer on Church Street in Blackpool Town Centre
Marks and Spencer on Church Street in Blackpool Town Centre

Further up Church Street, around Abingdon Street Market and St John’s Square are the smaller, independent stores. They sell all kinds of things from jewellery to designer clothes, homewares and accessories. Plus of course there are hairdressers, nail bars and other similar businesses there too.

Pavement cafes in Blackpool Town Centre

Have you seen Brilliance on Birley Street?

Brilliance on Birley Street in Blackpool Town Centre
Brilliance on Birley Street in Blackpool Town Centre

In daylight, the huge arches create a sculpture along the skyline and play music to create a pleasant atmosphere for people eating at the pavement cafes.

It’s designed to come to life at night in a show of light and music.

Birley Street is also pedestrianised, which makes a great atmosphere for the pavement cafes and bars and an ideal spot from which to sit and watch the world go by.

Public Transport and Parking in Blackpool Town Centre

There are a number of handy town centre car parks in Blackpool. There are a number of multi-storeys including the Houndshill Centre, plus surface car parks which include the huge Central Car Park.

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Don’t forget of course that you can travel along the seafront on a Blackpool tram – a new purple one or an old Heritage one. Along with the bus service there are plenty of easy ways to get around town with Blackpool Transport Services.

A Great Day out with Something for Everyone

Whether you’re a Fylde Coast resident, here on holiday or visiting for the day – we hope that you enjoy visiting Blackpool town centre.

You’ll be entertained, enjoy something to eat, have a spot of shopping and a walk along our fabulous seafront. What more could you want.

Fill your lungs with sea air and enjoy the seaside!

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