It’s long been the pinnacle of Britain’s seaside resorts, famed for its bright lights, entertainment, and character. But there’s no two ways about it; Blackpool splits opinion in much the same way you might split some of its famous rock (a sticky stick of confectionary for those not clued up on seaside sweeties).
Located in Lancashire, on England’s northwest coast, Blackpool is a town of roller coasters, donkey rides, mirror balls, and night clubs. If Paris is the City of Light, then the Illuminations must have Blackpool a close second. And yet, for all its landmarks, it retains a reputation as being a bit of a cheap throwback to the days before air travel, when Brits would holiday by their own seaside instead of the Costa del Sol.
However, if you scratch the surface even a little, you’ll find a vibrant town full of cosmopolitan restaurants, terrific nightlife, and wonderful scenery.
So, don’t be too quick to dismiss this town as merely a tourist trap - this is an enjoyable place to live and work. And here are a few of our favourite places to rent in the Blackpool area if you decide to make the move.
Location, Location, Location
Blackpool is a very well-connected town, overlooking the Irish Sea. It is served well by the M55, which links the town to the M6. Unsurprisingly, the town centre has an abundance of parking, so driving in and around here is a doddle.
Sitting 17.5 miles northwest of Preston, 27 miles north of Liverpool, 30 miles northwest of Bolton and 40 miles northwest of Manchester, Blackpool is an ideal choice for commuters to these bigger towns and cities. And the Blackpool North rail station does a job of joining them all together if driving is off the table.
Back in the town, and the Metroline bus system is incredibly straightforward and will get your around the centre, and further afield, without delay.
A Top Postcode
Located around 5 miles from Blackpool’s town centre, the market town of Poulton-le-Fylde is comfortably one of the most desirable places to live in the area, and indeed the country. Claiming the fifth spot in a study of postcodes by the Royal Mail in 2015 only served to underline the attractiveness of this quaint English coastal town.
It is particularly popular with families due to the excellent standard of education available, while the green space is certainly something to shout about thanks to Tithebarn Park and the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park.
The town centre is easily accessed and chock full of well-known shops, and smaller independent retailers. There are a few supermarkets for the big shop, and highly regarded butchers and florists for the finishing touches to pies and plant pots.
And commuters will find traveling in and out of Poulton a breeze thanks to its proximity to the M55, and its excellent rail connections.
A Stone’s Throw, A World Away
If you travel around 8 miles from the town centre of Blackpool, you will happen upon Lytham St Annes. The renowned “posh bit” of this particular part of the northwest, it couldn’t be more different to the razzle dazzle of its neighbouring seaside resort.
Not convinced of its “posh-ness”? It has not one, but four golf courses, including the illustrious Royal Lytham & St. Annes, one of the Open Championship courses.
With its broad tree-lined avenues lined with Victorian and Edwardian villas, it can be a bit pricey. But if you have the budget, it’s a wonderful place to live. Lytham St Annes has a vibrant cafe culture, a magnificent music and arts festival, and lots of lovely independent shops.
It’s well-connected to the surrounding areas via rail and road, and the schools here range from “good” to “outstanding” according to Ofsted.
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