Blackpool Illuminations

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  • Address: Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 5BB, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Waterfront, Monument, Festival

Every year, the city of Blackpool comes to life. For 66 a days a year every autumn, the city is home to the now famous Blackpool Illuminations, a unique festival of lights. Dubbed the greatest free light show on earth, this unbelievable spectacle is a massive installation stretching across the Blackpool Promenade, and features tons of different illuminations that will keep you stunned all night long.

The Blackpool Illuminations have been held since 1879, and is held every year, typically from August to November. 2013 was the first year that the festival was held for 73 days instead of 66, and it seems like the trend will continue over the years to come.

There are a lot of incredible tributes to modern day cultural icons, such as the Doctor Who illuminations, created as a homage to the hit English TV show. Another great annual installation is that of the Illuminated Trams, which run the length of the promenade during the festival.

2014 promises some new installations like Alice’s Garden, drawing on Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland for inspiration, and the Mat Hatter’s Tea Party in particular.

Also coming up in the 2014 edition is the Dynamo, a new exhibit near the south pier with ever changing spinning colours in a whirlwind of light.

If you happen to be in Blackpool during the Blackpool Illuminations, get into a cab, hop onto a train or just take a walk down the Promenade to witness this fantastic show. This is one sight that has to be seen to be believed.

Blackpool Illuminations Travel Tips

  • Switched on every evening for 66 days every year.
  • In 2014, the Blackpool Illuminations are being held from 29 August - 9 November.
  • Make it a point to go before sunset so you can witness the entire installation being illuminated, a breath-taking sight in its own right.
  • The Blackpool Illuminations also host various musical events and other entertainment shows. Check the website to stay updated on the same. 

How to Reach Blackpool Illuminations

  • Buses No: 1, 12, 14, 16, 61 travel to the Promenade, the location of the Blackpool Illuminations.

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  • Blackpool Illuminations Address: Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 5BB, United Kingdom
  • Blackpool Illuminations Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Blackpool Illuminations(preferred time): 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Blackpool Illuminations: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Blackpool include Blackpool Illuminations in their plan

  • 54.84% of people start their Blackpool Illuminations visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Blackpool Illuminations

Monday, Friday and Sunday

54.92% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Blackpool Illuminations

People normally club together The Blackpool Tower Dungeon and Ripley's Believe It Or Not while planning their visit to Blackpool Illuminations.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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