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Blackpool (being the third part of my two week holiday write up)

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Have you been to Blackpool? DON'T EVER EVER GO THERE, man alive, it was the worst place I've ever been to. A few people gave me odd looks when I said I was going to Blackpool for a couple of days as part of our grand tour, but only one person got close to putting into words just how bad it was. I'd imagined a cheap and cheerful low rent imitation of Las Vegas but good grief, the very best parts of it were like the worst bits of Folkestone, the bits that have now been demolished. We met Clare's parents there - not for the first time, we already knew each other, we'd just arranged to meet there. I thought Clare's mum was messing about when they met us at the station and she was nearly in tears. I can't stress enough how little I'm overreacting here, it's not a nice place. If you've booked a trip there, just forget your deposit and cancel, stay home instead.

The weather didn't help, if it'd been bright and sunny when we got there maybe we'd have just got on with it, walked on the beach and the like, but all we could think of doing was leaving. We gave the pubs of the town a bit of a go in the evening, but couldn't find one that was worth staying in, and really struggled to find a restaurant - any restaurant - for our evening meal. Next day we headed off to Liverpool. That's about forty miles away I suppose, and that just about felt far enough. Liverpool was alright, though it's undergoing a monstrous amount of regeneration at the moment, be nice to see it when it's all done. Lots of good looking pubs, but we drove there and I thought I might do my share and drive back so I didn't go in any. I did check out Matthew Street, home to The Cavern and birthplace of The Beatles. The original Cavern is long gone, but it's been recreated somehow close to the original spot... bit of a cheesy touristy idea, might be nicer to admit they made a big bad mistake allowing this to happen, but hey, I stopped there and took a photo anyway.



We returned to Blackpool that night, it had not improved, though we found a pub with an Irish singer who was alright, Paddy Goes To Hollyhead.

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RE: Blackpool (being the third part of my two week holiday write up)

blackpool is indeed an awful place, you should have gone to southport which is lovely, as my friend commented to some residents when we were last there "its up north, but its still quite nice"
:: 24 Jul :: :: Comment / reply

Oh NOW you come up with suggestions...

If I'd engaged a bit more when we were planning our trip I'd have preferred to go to Sheffield or maybe Manchester, there was no need for us to go there at all, we just wanted somewhere that was not as far as Cumbria for Clare's folks to drive in one day. And, we thought it would be OK.
24 Jul :: :: Comment / reply

Just like a man....

Oh Southports lovely...... bit of an arse to get to.

Next time you should try Morecombe, bit of a dump too, but its better than Blackers. Although I do love Blackpool (and yes i know its wrong...)

I went to Sheffield week before last, its glorious there now... its so shiny and neat! I hardly recognised the place and then I almost got lost in the one way system...
:: 30 Jul :: :: Comment / reply

I like the sound of Sheffield

Next time we're heading North I think we will go there.
30 Jul :: :: Comment / reply

RE: Blackpool (being the third part of my two week holiday write up)

Have to say I totally understand what you're saying about Blackpool - I've been there a few times on days out with Em (it's half an hour from Blackburn). It's a grim old place alright - stag and hen parties spilling out onto the street at ten in the morning, nice. For me it has two redeeming features The Big One, by far the scariest roller coaster I've ever been on, and The Ketch Inn which is a rather ace eat-in fish and chip shop which does a truly fantastic line in steak pie. I did enjoy going up the tower too - you have to go right through the old ballroom.
24 Jul :: :: Comment / reply

Didn't go up the tower or on the ride

I'm guessing they are the only bits of Blackpool normally to bother with, but based on the rest of the town I didn't think it was going to be worth any money at all, so we just headed out of town to Liverpool instead.
Must have been WEIRD when the White Stripes played there, lots of frightened indie kids wondering how they ended up in such a place...
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