Part one of my country to coast blog post talked about the highlights of staying at the wonderful Shrigley Hall Hotel in Cheshire. Read on for part two on the coast in Blackpool!
Blackpool is a truly unique, yet typically British coastal destination, and I love it! Crammed full of character, colour and good old fashion seaside fun it’s a great place for a lively and entertaining short break, day or night.
The 4* Puma Imperial Hotel Blackpool boasts an impressive location on the North Promenade with amazing sea views and beautiful décor throughout. By far one of the most impressive hotels in Blackpool, this iconic Victorian hotel is so much more than just a place to rest your head. Time spent exploring the building allowed me to see some the benefits of staying at this iconic seaside hotel, including luxury guest rooms, stunning sea views, fantastic leisure facilities as well as handy children’s play rooms – perfect for when the British summer is a no show!
Food is usually my favourite thing about taking a short break and The Imperial Hotel did not disappoint. I was already pleased to hear that fish and chips were on the menu for lunch, after all what’s a seaside visit without fish ‘n’ chips? But when they arrived, in a bucket, with a spade, and sand, and shells… I was overwhelmed. Dishes like this only exist on Master Chef in my mind, but there before me was the most exciting fish and chips I’d ever seen! They screamed Blackpool, they looked ace and they tasted great! Followed up by an ice cream sundae complete with atmospheric dry ice, I was definitely one happy, and very full, bunny.
So what else did Blackpool offer us on this visit to the coast? Madame Tussauds, Sea Life, Blackpool Tower, Sandcastle Waterpark, arcades, amusements and plenty of pubs are all sat on the promenade easily accessible on the tram, which is of course is a Blackpool experience in its own right. With just a couple of hours left before our return journey home we headed straight to the one and only Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Home to a variety of rides including the famous Big Dipper and the incredibly tall and scary Pepsi Max, this theme park is perfect both thriller seekers and family friendly outings. We of course braved the terrifying rides (and they really were terrifying) for the perfect finish to our brilliant country to coast trip.
So there you have it, two very different destinations both uniquely perfect for a short break away. If you missed Part 1 at Shrigley Hall, make sure you check it out!
I’d quite happily enjoy a coastal or country break any time of the year but what would you prefer? A cosy country escape or a lively coastal adventure? Let us know using the comments box below!