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Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool, Lancashire, UK

Situated on the North Eastern English coast, Blackpool Pleasure Beach lies at the heart of the popular seaside resort and hosts a mixture of historical and modern rollercoasters and other rides.

Opened1896
SeasonFebruary to November
OwnerThompson family
Websitewww.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com
Nearby Alton Towers (94 miles)
Gulliver's Kingdom (101 miles)
A view over the park, featuring Revolution, Avalanche and The Big One

A view over the park, featuring Revolution, Avalanche and The Big One

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been a feature beside the beach at Blackpool since it was founded in 1896. Since that time it has been owned and run by several generations of the Thompson family who have cared for and expanded the park.

The Pleasure Beach has an impressive selection of rides, including a number of wooden and steel rollercoasters. The oldest surviving ride is Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines, which have been operating at the park since 1904. Other classics include wooden rollercoasters like Big Dipper (1923) and Rollercoaster (1933), now renamed Nickelodeon Streak. Grand National, a racing woodie, opened in 1935.

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines

More recent additions include Revolution, Europe's first full loop steel rollercoaster opened in 1979; The Big One, which was the tallest rollercoaster in the world when it opened in 1994; and Valhalla, an immense indoor water ride that was added at the turn of the Millennium.

Although the park covers a large area of the sea front, the large number of rides it contains means everything feels a bit squashed in. It has a definite amusement park vibe, with many of the rides featuring minimal or no theming. It has a certain charm about it, but it isn't helped by the seediness of surrounding Blackpool.

Fans have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Pleasure Beach: welcome additions such as 2018's Icon rollercoaster have been contrasted with controversial decisions, such as the demolition without warning of the classic wooden Wild Mouse rollercoaster.

Attractions

The Big One

The Big One

Blackpool's tallest rollercoaster, at over 200ft tall

Revolution

Revolution

Looping shuttle coaster

Big Dipper

Big Dipper

Traditional wooden rollercoaster, originally built in 1923

Steeplechase

Steeplechase

Unique triple racing rollercoaster featuring riders on horseback

Grand National

Grand National

Möbius loop racing wooden coaster

Ice Blast

Ice Blast

Shot tower

Infusion

Infusion

Inverted Vekoma SLC rollercoaster over water

Avalanche

Avalanche

Bobsled themed rollercoaster

Valhalla

Valhalla

Massive Viking themed dark boat ride

Flying Machines

Flying Machines

Aerial flying ride

Nickelodeon Streak

Nickelodeon Streak

Old fashioned wooden rollercoaster

Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic

Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic

Wallace and Gromit themed dark ride

River Caves

River Caves

Classic boat ride past scenes from around the world

Grand Prix

Grand Prix

Motor racing car ride

Pleasure Beach Express

Pleasure Beach Express

Miniature train ride

Blue Flyer

Blue Flyer

Children's wooden rollercoaster

Alice Ride

Alice Ride

Dark ride through scenes from Alice in Wonderland

Impossible

Impossible

Optical illusions and a haunted swing

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