Blackpool is one of the most prestigious tourist destinations in the UK. Revellers have been flocking to our shores for over 150 years, which has helped establish the area as one of the country’s most well known seaside destinations.
By choosing Blackpool as the location of your conference, you are getting much more than just a beautiful, prestigious setting.
As a resort destination, Blackpool has the perfect infrastructure to meet the needs of conferences. We have fantastic transport links, hundreds of quality accommodation and dining options, as well as superb entertainment and nightlife.
Transport links and getting around Blackpool
Blackpool has excellent road and rail transport links. For guests travelling from further afield, it is also possible to fly into nearby Manchester Airport, which has exceptional transport links into Blackpool.
Travelling by Road
Blackpool is easily accessible by car and has good links to the UK’s main motorway network.
The M55 is the main motorway into Blackpool. The M55 can easily be reached by exiting the M6 at Junction 32. The M55 leads into the heart of the town centre, which is very close to the resort’s largest car park.
Blackpool is also well served by the UK’s main coach operators. Many operators offer services directly into Blackpool all throughout the year.
Travelling by Rail
Blackpool has excellent rail links. The main resort is served by Blackpool North railway station which features regular inbound trains from around the country. Blackpool North is roughly a 10 minute walk from the Winter Gardens.
Blackpool North is also connected to other major rail hubs throughout the north and features direct trains from the likes of Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Preston, and Leeds.
Travelling by Air
If guests are wishing to fly, Manchester Airport is the closest major airport with the best transport links into Blackpool.
Direct trains run from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North train stations, with a journey time of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Getting around Blackpool
Blackpool’s public transport network allows easy access to all popular business and leisure destinations.
The area benefits from ample public transport options, including a sleek tram system that has recently received heavy investment, which works alongside Blackpool’s famous heritage tram network.
Blackpool’s public bus network has also recently been upgraded to include a fleet of modern fuel and energy efficient Mercedes Citaro buses, all operated by Blackpool Transport.
Accommodation in Blackpool
Blackpool has plenty of accommodation options to choose from, ranging from cosy bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels, and everything in between. On top of this, the area is also to benefit from 3 brand new, purpose-built hotels of 4 star standard or above, with these establishments set to open within the next 2 years.
There is accommodation to suit all tastes, budgets, and delegate parties of all sizes.
Dining in Blackpool
Blackpool is home to a diverse collection of restaurants and cafes. The Winter Gardens is home to several eateries, including the Empress Grill, the Theatre Bar, and the Mazzei Cafe. For those looking to dine out around town, there are top quality independent restaurants offering most popular cuisines. There’s also a great mixture of independent cafes and restaurants, as well as many well known brands and chains.
The full collection of all dining destinations can be seen on the eat and drink section of the Visit Blackpool website.
Nightlife and Entertainment in Blackpool
Blackpool has plenty to keep conference delegates entertained long after a conference has finished for the day. Blackpool has a rich history of being one the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. The town features attractions such as Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and Blackpool Pier. The town also provides easy access for exploring the beautiful Fylde coast further.
On top of this, there are excellent nightlife options, including many revered bars, pubs, and other entertainment hotspots, such as comedy clubs. The Winter Gardens is also a hub of entertainment activity, with quality events programming taking place across our venues all year round.
There is something for everyone in Blackpool, and conference delegates will not struggle to find something that they enjoy. A full list of local attractions and upcoming events can be found on the Visit Blackpool website.