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Lancashire
England

Blackpool

Blackpool is a town and seaside resort with its coast on the Irish Sea. It lies between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, and is the most populous town in Lancashire. It is the home of the Blackpool Tower, originally the tallest structure in the British Empire when it opened to the public in 1894. At 158 metres (518 feet) tall, it is the 125th-tallest freestanding tower in the world. The Tower is surrounded by tower buildings, and includes places like the Tower Circus and Tower Ballroom.

The city is known for Blackpool Illuminations, an annual lights festival that began in 1879, with the lights turned on from the 18 September every year. It typically shines for 66 days, and is 6.2 miles (10 km) long, using over one million bulbs.

On Blackpool's South Shore you'll find Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the amusement park founded by A.W.G. Bean and his partner John Outhwaite in 1896. The current managing director is Bean's great-granddaughter Amanda Thompson, as it has continued to be family-owned. It's split into three main areas: North Park, Nickelodeon Land and South Park. The main park is divided by separate themed areas. There are 38 different rides, 12 of which can be found in Nickelodeon Land.

As Blackpool is by the coast, fish and chips are a common sought-after dish, maybe from somewhere like Yorkshire Fisheries. However, there are places like the White Tower Restaurant serving high-class Lancashire cuisine if you are celebrating a special occasion or want a treat. There’s the cosy Ambrosini’s for delicious Italian food by the sea, or if you’re looking for a sweet cafe, you could try CuriosiTea At 23.

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