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Blackpool. A town of Blackpudlians, big towers, bright lights, and the all-important Blackpool rock. For others, it’s basically known as one of the best destinations for stag weekends known to man. Yep, Blackpool has it all: wine, whisky, and waltzers. Or sea, sand, and Strictly Come Dancing, if that’s more your thing.
Did you know that Blackpool has the oldest amusement park in Europe? That the world-famous illuminations run for 6 miles and have more than 1 million bulbs? Imagine digging them out of the attic every year and lining them up only to find out they’d stopped working. You’d be LIVID. Anyway. Blackpool, although steeped in tradition, is a thoroughly modern and entirely boozy place for a stag night.
How to get to Blackpool
Blackpool is a town in Lancashire, based on the North West coast of England. It’s just 50 miles from Manchester, and 55 from Liverpool. Damn it, man, it’s even got its own airport. Basically, it’s a breeze to get to from all over mainland UK.
From London – 247 Miles
Piling the stag party in a car and taking the M40 and M6 will see you travel from London to Blackpool in a fairly impressive 4.5 hours. Not too shabby at all. A train from Euston will whisk you away up north in around 3 hrs 45 mins. Buses can take anywhere from 9 to 12 hours, depending on the route and number of stops.
From Edinburgh – 197 Miles
Trains from Waverley Station take around 3 hours to reach Blackpool North station, generally with a wee change at Preston. Buses are a different matter if you travel out of season. Changes can be numerous and it’s generally easier and quicker to simply get the train.
From Cardiff – 227 Miles
Buses from Cardiff to Blackpool take a fairly respectable 5 hours and 45 mins, which leaves plenty of drinking time for your stag party. If you fancy taking the car, you can make it in a little under 4 hours. The train will get there in around 5 hours and 15 minutes but there are no direct routes and you will have to change at least a couple of times before pulling in at Blackpool North. If nothing else, it’ll keep you on your toes.
Belfast and Blackpool aren’t a million miles apart, but it can be tricky to get there. If your stag party decides to fly, you can hop a flight from Belfast to Liverpool or Manchester in a little more than an hour and then pile on public transport or hire a car for the onward journey. A combo of bus, ferry, and train will also take you to Glasgow from Donegall Square. From Glasgow’s central Buchanan Street station, transfer to central train station, where the stag party can hop a train (or head south along the coast).
Blackpool is an incredibly popular destination and has the bed numbers to attest to that. There are thousands of rooms available, and hundreds of apartments and other self-catering properties to choose from. Prices tend to be very reasonable and it’s really a case of deciding what you’re looking for and what your stag party is prepared to spend.
If this is your first visit to Blackpool, it’s essential to spend a few hours at Pleasure Beach. It’s pretty much iconic as fun parks go, and you can’t really say you had a proper stag weekend in Blackpool without putting your life in the hands of whoever happens to be operating the rollercoasters. It has 10 in total. Your stag party mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your way around them all without chucking up your breakfast.
We all know the importance of keeping fit and eating healthy. We also know culture is good for our brains and helps to expand our minds. So, with this in mind, we recommend hiring a pedi cycle and touring Blackpool on wheels. Not only can your stag party take in the sights and sounds, but it can do so while simultaneously getting some exercise and drinking cider to ensure you’re on track for your 5 a day.
Bar Heaven is Blackpool’s favourite gentleman’s club and offers a laid-back atmosphere and scantily-clad women. They also sell beer and stuff. Your stag party can enjoy a discreet evening in the company of the girls and get some dancing tips while you’re at it.
Gaietys Bar is known for its karaoke, so swing your stag party in that direction and show the town what you’re all made of. We imagine that Pet Shop Boys songs are popular there, given it’s the hometown of Chris Lowe. Robert Smith of The Cures was also born there, so check the song book for ‘Friday, I’m in Love’ and you should be good to go. It’s always a good laugh to see who can hold a tune and who can’t and it’s better if there’s some money riding on it.
It’s a crime to spend a stag weekend in Blackpool and not road test their famous fish and chips. It’s a diet staple. There are countless restaurants and takeaways serving the famous dish, so you won’t have to travel far to find what you’re looking for. If you don’t fancy having it as a main meal, it’s the best food to grab on the way home from a good night on the town.
G Casino’s The Gallery Restaurant is a classy choice for a high-quality stag do eating in Blackpool town centre. Although it offers an a la carte menu, it doesn’t ignore classic meals, such as burgers, curry, and fish and chips.
If you like European-style food served by a family-run business, then Hauze is a great spot for a leisurely dinner. They do a mean range of steak, lobster, and chicken and their cocktail menu is popular with the locals.
There’s a constant buzz of fun around Blackpool and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. With a local uni, it caters well for students and is a well-oiled tourism machine, offering a great mix of activities, accommodation, pubs, and clubs for visitors. Blackpool is famous as a stag party destination and you don’t earn a status like that by being boring.