Blackpool is the Victorian birthplace of the English seaside holiday and offers up an entertaining mix of amusement, nightlife and kitsch across three crowded piers on the northwest coast, 55 mi/88 km northwest of Manchester.

There's something to do for everyone: ride the roller coasters in the theme park, Pleasure Beach; take in the view atop Blackpool Tower; discover underwater life at the Sea Life Centre; catch a cabaret on one of the piers; or simply lose yourself amongst the flashing game arcades, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Blackpool is also known for its thriving LGBT scene and eccentric nightlife.

It's best to visit during the summer, but if you're around between September and early November you can catch the Illuminations, which feature dazzling light displays and plenty of nighttime events.

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