Adventures around Blackpoolwith PlusBus

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A giant rotating glitter ball on the seafront promenade in Blackpool reflects some of the town's many facets as it turns: the iconic tower and roller coasters, the wild waves, seabirds and changing skies. Go beyond the glitzy seafront and explore sand dunes and elegant gardens with a Blackpool PlusBus ticket. Just ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: beaches | parks and gardens | scenic bus | theme park | tram ride |
  • Refreshments: lots of restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Stanley Park

    An Italian Garden where flower beds radiate from a marble fountain, a terrace overlooks a wide lake and an art deco cafe that serves up everything from seafood salads to steak and ale pie, ice cold beers to hot chocolate with brandy…

    • If this sounds like what you need for a contrast with the buzzing business of Blackpool’s lively seafront, hop on bus 18 from outside the Central Library and you’ll be at the park gates in 15 minutes.
    • If you’ve got time before the bus leaves, pop into the Grundy Art Gallery  to see what’s on. The library and gallery are five minutes walk from Blackpool North railway station.
    • The centre of the park is straight ahead. Detour left to find the Rose Garden in a natural dell surrounded by trees. Head right from the Parks Art Deco cafe, past the Italian Gardens, to find the Boating Lake, home to numerous waterbirds.
    • There’s a playground too, and a tall clock tower, a high ropes course and a sports centre. Blackpool Model Village is nearby and you can exit through a wooded path behind the boating lake to find Blackpool Zoo.