Blackpool is a major seaside resort in Lancashire, on the Irish Sea and 15 miles from Preston.
Visitors began to arrive in the 18th century, but it was with the coming of the railway in 1846 that business began to really boom, with thousands upon thousands of workers pouring in from Northern industrial towns, particularly Liverpool and Manchester.
The Promenade was opened in 1856, and extends for seven miles.
The iconic Blackpool Tower, rising to 518 feet, contains a wide variety of attractions, including ballroom, aquarium, circus and the famous organ. It was built in 1894 as homage to the Eiffel Tower.
There are three piers - North Pier (opened in 1863), Central Pier and South Pier.
The world`s first electric street running tramway began operations in 1885, and is still one of Blackpool`s best known features, transporting visitors along the seafront.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an enormous fun park, featuring such attractions as roller coaster rides and a theatre.
Blackpool Illuminations are the most famous in the country.
The town is also a venue for political conferences.
The song "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" was made famous by George Formby.
The footballer George Eastham was born in Blackpool.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Blackpool for groups.