The Las Vegas of England

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Blackpool is a town full of all the wonder of Las Vegas, wrapped up in a blanket of all things English; it has some of the tallest and most expensive casinos in the UK, but you can also eat fish and chips on the beach or stay in a quaint bed and breakfast. It is exactly this mix of traditional English past times and the bright lights of Sin City that makes Blackpool the number 1 destination for hen/stag weekends, high stakes gamblers and tourists from across the globe.

The Las Vegas of EnglandBlackpool houses many casinos that offer all the games you could possibly wish to play, the Grosvenor Casino is top notch and well worth a trip. Along with traditional and modern casinos, Blackpool also offers a wide variety of entertainments that will keep any holidaymaker busy for weeks. There is the world famous Blackpool Zoo that was built on the site of the original airport, a giant aquarium which is great for children and adults alike and of course the Blackpool tower with its famous dance floor and restaurant.

Over the decades, some of the biggest names in music have performed in the town, from Jimi Hendrix to The White Stripes; there is never a dull moment in this town.

The history of Blackpool is, like many towns in the UK, long and diverse. Originally Blackpool started life in the middle ages as a small port that was used for import and export, which continued to grow until the 1700’s when it officially became a seaside tourist town. In the early 1900s, with entertainment influences coming from all over the world, the town opened its first bingo halls. The most famous casino/bingo hall was located within Blackpool tower until its redesign in the 1930s. The influences from Europe and the Americas are clear to see all over the town, the tower was based upon the Eifel Tower and more recently, some of the major casinos have the exact look and feel of those on the Vegas strip. One thing that really does stand Blackpool out from other casino towns, is that the casinos offer more than just games and some are even owed in conjunction with other entertainment areas, such as the Opera house.

Casino in Blackpool
Casino in Blackpool

Over the last few years, there have been many discussions about building larger casino complex’s in Blackpool as part of Lancashire County Council’s rejuvenation. This was met with mixed reviews from local residents who wanted to keep the area as small and compact as possible. But, as with any redevelopment argument, there are those who see the potential for helping with UK economic growth through new, larger casinos.  A spokesman from Leisure firm ‘Leisure Parcs’ was recently quoted as stating;

“Comfortable, modern, well-equipped accommodation, exciting entertainment, shopping, and food experiences, accessed through visually appealing, pleasurable, weather-proofed, street environments with landscaped squares. There are no doubt resort casino hotels will provide a powerful presence and are totally appropriate.”

For now, though, Blackpool will remain as it is; one of the UK’s gems, that has been well loved for over 300 years.

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