‘Shopping by the Sea’ is a great way to describe Blackpool Town Centre – you can mix a seaside trip with the high street!
Blackpool town centre more or less covers the inland area between North Pier and Coral Island – just at the back of the Golden Mile and Blackpool Tower.
Look around Blackpool Town Centre
The Blackpool attractions that we all love, along with gift and souvenir shops, line the promenade more or less to the junction at the Manchester Hotel.
Inland, the high street stores reach Coral Island and Bonny Street Market at the south end of town, and almost to North Pier at the other end.
Most of the town centre is pedestrianised and a lot of the roads are one-way, so traffic is far from heavy in the main shopping area.
Outside the Winter Gardens is the pedestrianised St John’s Square – it’s a central spot between Abingdon Street and Church Street – with pavement cafes, restaurants and an open performance space where you’ll often find events and entertainment.
Church Street also heads right to the sea, and on the way from the Winter Gardens you’ll pass the Grand Theatre, Marks and Spencer and more neighbouring shops, with VIVA Blackpool at the seafront.
Inland the town centre area goes as far as the railway station where you’ll find the large Sainsbury’s (below) – part of the Talbot Road Gateway project.
Blackpool Town Centre is managed by Blackpool BID. The businesses in the BID area pay a levvy which is used for a variety of things to make the town centre cleaner, safer and more attractive.
Blackpool Town Centre – whatever the weather
Although it’s a traditional outdoor town centre, Blackpool is actually kind to shoppers in poor weather, with shops quite close together so that you don’t waste time and energy walking from shop to shop.
The town centre also includes the Houndshill Shopping Centre – the area on the left of the photo below and under the watchful eye of Blackpool Tower – it houses around 70 retailers and a multi-storey car park.
You can browse in comfort inside the Houndshill Centre where you’ll find Debenhams, Primark and other major chains.
Primark opens out onto Bank Hey Street, that’s the pedestrianised area to the rear of Blackpool Tower.
National Names in Blackpool Town Centre
The national names are well represented in Blackpool with Marks and Spencer, WH Smith, Boots and more having stores in town.
Head towards Abingdon Street Market and the area around and behind St John’s Square and you’ll find smaller, independent stores selling all kinds of things from jewellery to designer clothes, homewares and accessories. Plus of course hairdressers and nail bars thrown in!
Pavement cafes in Blackpool Town Centre
You really must go and have a look at Brilliance on Birley Street too.
In daylight, the huge arches create a sculpture along the skyline, but at night it comes to life in a spectacular show of light and music!
The 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, including multi-storeys at Wilkinsons, the Houndshill Centre, along with surface car parks which include the huge Central Car Park.
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 – and 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 – 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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Houndshill Shopping Centre
Blackpool BID and town centre
Blackpool Grand Theatre
Bank Hey Street, Blackpool Town Centre
Houndshill Shopping Centre
Blackpool Town Centre – shopping by the sea