Blackpool is the bright-lights capital of the UK, packed full of iconic attractions and with a lively seafront. We all know Blackpool's famous sights, including the Tower, Pier, Pleasure Beach and Illuminations - this is your excuse to pay a visit.
Blackpool's Pleasure Beach started with just one ride in 1896; today there are more than 125 attractions including white-knuckle thrillers, soak-you-to-the-skin plungers, leisurely cruises, an interactive maze and a huge Nickelodeon Land for youngsters.
Central Pier features a giant fair with and the much-loved Legends singing show that takes place in the showbar throughout the year. North Pier reaches is less frenetic than its Central neighbour, with amazing views of the town's promenade and illuminations. Take a break at Carousel Bar to enjoy afternoon teas in the conservatory or the open air Victorian Sun-Lounge, where a singer croons golden-era Swing hits in the afternoons.
Lakes & mountains
The outstandingly beautiful Lake District includes five of England's tallest mountains as well as the famous lakes that give the region its name, ensuring explorers have a host of landscapes to discover. At 978 metres above sea level, Scafell Pike is England's highest mountains. Windermere and Ullswater are the biggest lakes but Wastwater is the deepest - could there be another Nessie lurking in the depths?
Sports & thrills
If you are looking for more thrills, the Lakes has everything from bike trails to power sports - they don't call this the UK's Adventure Capital for nothing. With so many lakes, it's no surprise that the Lake District excels at watersports. There are tuition centres offering courses for all levels in canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, water skiing, windsurfing and much more.
There's plenty to see outside of the National Park areas. The pretty waterfall Aira Force near the town of Watermillock is among our highlights. Another hidden gem is Holehird Gardens, which is maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society and is home to heather gardens and three national collections of rare flowers.