Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours

You know Blackpool – but just how much do you know about the history of some of its most iconic buildings and locations?

Blackpool has a rich and fascinating history and one thing that’s become clear to me is that I’ve barely scratched the surface. Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours has been sharing the secrets of some of the town’s most fascinating locations for the past five years – and with three separate walking tour locations lined up for this year, there should be something to inform and fascinate everyone from the well-informed to, er, me.

Right in the heart of town, the famous Grade II listed Winter Gardens complex boasts a magnificently eclectic architectural history as well as a dazzling tradition of entertainment. The Winter Gardens tour encompasses both, with anecdotes about the many famous faces who have appeared there over the years as well as the chance to explore and learn more about the complex which has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to restore some features and uncover others that have been hidden for decades.

Dating from 1926, Blackpool’s three hundred and ninety acre Stanley Park was created by Edwardian architect Thomas Mawson and comprises landscape design, historical buildings and gardens. The tour offers an opportunity to take in the magnificence and variety of its architecture and the flora and fauna-rich woodlands and lakes that make up its surroundings and to take in the view from the top of the famous Cocker clock tower, as well as shedding light on the history of the park.

For many of the 3.5 million people who visit Blackpool every year, their abiding memory of the town is of its internationally-famous illuminations. The Lightworks Heritage Tour takes you behind the scenes to discover where the illuminations are made and maintained. This is your chance to hear the history of the Illuminations, which goes back more than a hundred years, and to see the Illuminations Collection which features more than twenty thousand pieces. You can also learn how new illuminations are made and perhaps even get a sneak preview of some of the latest ones while they are still in production.

Community Heritage Manager Kelly Walker says: “Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours has gone from strength to strength and I am proud to say that we have welcomed over 3500 guests who have gone away with a positive impression of Blackpool’s rich heritage. We are so fortunate to have our team of dedicated guides and support guides who share their passion and enthusiasm with each every guest they meet.”

She adds: “We are excited for the season ahead and look forward to another year!”

Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours’ guides originally underwent their rigorous training five years ago. These community heritage champions now offer tours across Blackpool every summer. Prices start from £8 for adults and £4 for children.

If you’d like to get to know Blackpool a little better, visit www.blackpoolheritagetours.co.uk or www.visitblackpool.com for tour date information. You can book by contacting the Tourist Information Centre on 478222 or online at www.visitblackpool.com.

Featured image courtesy of Jill Reidy.

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