Friday, March 9, 2012

Blackpool, England

It might be infamous as the home of an incredible array of tacky English tat, but the northern seaside resort of Blackpool still draws an incredible 6 million visitors a year, most of them attracted by the selection of arcades, shows, drinking culture and a quick few days sprawled on the sands. It’s hardly the Spanish Riviera, true, but Blackpool does have its charms, not least: the Blackpool Tower (an aging copy of The Eiffel Tower which hosts regular events, and is the undisputed symbol of Blackpool), the Pleasure Beach (an oversized fairground featuring everything from traditional donkey rides to supersized rollercoasters) and three different piers, each with their own unique character. Blackpool's famous sea-front also boasts traditional trams, horse-drawn carriages and a huge Sea-Life Centre, with a stunning glass ceiling walk-through shark aquarium - where you can stare a shark straight in the eye, an eerie and intriguing experience. 

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