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.
|Season||February to November|
|Owner||The Thompson family|
|Nearby||Zip World Snowdonia (59 miles)|
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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.
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.
Blackpool's tallest rollercoaster, at over 200ft tall
Looping shuttle coaster
Traditional wooden rollercoaster, originally built in 1923
Unique triple racing rollercoaster featuring riders on horseback
Möbius loop racing wooden coaster
Inverted Vekoma SLC rollercoaster over water
Bobsled themed rollercoaster
Massive Viking themed dark boat ride
Aerial flying ride
Old fashioned wooden rollercoaster
Wallace and Gromit themed dark ride
Classic boat ride past scenes from around the world
Motor racing car ride
Miniature train ride
Children's wooden rollercoaster
Dark ride through scenes from Alice in Wonderland
Optical illusions and a haunted swing