Car Hire at Blackpool
Car Hire at Blackpool
North-west seaside town Blackpool is handily located just off the M55 motorway, while Blackpool International Airport (BLK) is a few miles outside of the town. From the donkey rides and illuminations of Blackpool itself to the beautiful Lancashire countryside, this part of England has plenty to explore by car.
What I need to know
At Holiday Autos, we compare car hire from more than 1,500 suppliers to make sure you're getting the very best deal for your individual needs. With Holiday Autos, there are no credit card fees and there's no cancellation fee, meaning your trip to Blackpool can be as flexible as you need it to be.
Where to pick up my car
Blackpool car hire is available from the nearby Blackpool International Airport, or from a number of suppliers in the seaside town itself. Several outlets are situated in the town's south shore area, while others can be found just off the M55 motorway, allowing you to get straight on your way exploring the rest of Lancashire.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Hiring a car from Blackpool means you can experience fellow seaside towns Lytham St Annes (18 minutes away by car) and Fleetwood (25 minutes' drive away), while Southport is just over an hour away. Lancaster and Preston are the nearest cities, but Manchester and Liverpool can also be reached in under two hours.
A 50-minute drive along the coast from Blackpool will take you to Morecambe Bay, where you can walk along the prom and see the statue dedicated to local comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. Meanwhile, Lancaster is three-quarters of an hour away from Blackpool by car, home to Lancaster Castle and an authentic Roman bath house.
The fascinating Lancashire witch trials of the 19th century are commemorated at the Pendle Heritage Centre (1 hour, 5 minutes from Blackpool), while the industrial heritage of the north can be explored at the Museum of Science and Industry and through the works of LS Lowry at The Lowry art gallery, a little further afield in Manchester and Salford (1 hour, 23 minutes, and 57 minutes away, respectively).
Eating and drinking
Eat a 99 ice cream (topped with raspberry sauce, of course) while walking along the pier, buy a stick of Blackpool rock to nibble on and don't allow yourself to leave the town until you've eaten traditional British fish and chips by the sea; the 'world-famous' Harry Ramsden's on the promenade serves some of the very best.
Things to do
Your Blackpool to-do-list has to feature the Pleasure Beach theme park, the three piers and the Golden Mile with its countless amusement arcades, which is also home to the north's very own Madame Tussauds Waxwork Museum. Coronation Street fans will want to the spot where Alan Bradley was famously killed by a tram in 1989. There's even a special plaque dedicated to the character.
Taking advantage of Blackpool car rental to explore the rest of Lancashire means you can play the classic 'first one to spot Blackpool Tower wins 20p' car game on your return for a truly authentic Great British holiday experience. Arguably the most thrilling view of Blackpool though is the one that can be seen through the glass floor at the top of the tower itself.