On the northwest coast of England lies one of the most well-known towns in the UK, Blackpool. It is located between two estuaries, Ribble and Wyre and looks out to the Irish sea. With a wonderful seaside setting and links to major west coast roads Blackpool is a great place to live and a fun destination for tourists.
It is hard to believe nowadays but in the middle ages and early modern period Blackpool was a quiet coastal hamlet. This began to change when it became fashionable in England to visit the coast in summer. In the mid- 18th century people were beginning to flock to the coast in pursuit of improving their wellbeing by bathing in the warm sea water. Blackpool has changed tremendously over the years and is still one Britain’s favourite seaside resorts. Besides its sandy beaches, there is much to see and do in the town. Major attractions include, Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Zoo, the Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens. There is even the only remaining first-generation tramway in the UK.
If its culture and the arts you’re interested in there’s Grundy Art Gallery and the Grand Theatre. The art gallery can be found on Queen Street next to the library. It hosts a wide array of exhibitions from those by school children, to teenagers and adults. Over the years it has exhibited works across many subject areas: painting, sculpture, photography, design and digital displays to name a few. It has displayed works from Rembrandt to Matisse.
Tenants in Blackpool have a much larger range to choose from in comparison to surrounding areas and can expect a lot more for their money. A one bedroom flat can start from as little as £300 per month and a three bedroom for £500 per month. In more desirable locations such as Queens Promenade you would be looking at a two bedroom apartment for around £700 per month which would include sea views, a personal parking space and quite possibly more than a few well-known neighbours.
Negotiator Shannon Varey has lived in Blackpool all her life and says 'Blackpool is a busy and exciting town. With its many attractions it never gets boring. The property market is getting better all the time.'
Property types in Blackpool vary drastically. Historically in a holiday town you will find plenty of holiday flats as well as established hotels. More opulent areas and prestige properties can be found in the Stanley Park area.
As one of Blackpool's most popular estate agents, Reeds Rains has many flats and houses for rent covering as far as North Shore to Lytham St Annes.
For nightlife, as well as the bar’s and pubs there are comedy nights and Las Vegas style cabaret shows at Viva Blackpool along with a variety of other events. The Grand theatre also hosts a multitude of events including dance shows, pantomimes, musicals, classical music and dramatic productions.
If you’re want to escape the hustle and bustle of the town Marton Mere local nature reserve is just on the edge of Blackpool, Ribble National Nature Reserve the other side of Ribble estuary or if you’re feeling more adventurous the Forest of Bowland (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is an hour and a half’s car drive away.