Gay Friendly Guide to Blackpool
Blackpool has a thriving, vibrant, fun gay scene - with an excellent selection of clubs, bars and plenty of gay-friendly
Blackpool has always been popular with working class holiday-makers - offering value for money and a fun "kiss me
quick" seaside town atmosphere.
With seven miles of golden sand, more hotel beds than the whole of Portugal, the world famous "Illuminations",
Blackpool Tower, The Pleasure Beach, masses of other attractions, plus thousands of places to eat and drink,
Blackpool is Britain's most visited seaside resort.
Blackpool Tower was opened to the public on 14 May 1894. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it rises to 158m
(518 ft 9 inches).
Blackpool Illuminations is possibly the best light show in the world. Covering all seven miles of the sea-front, they
truly are spectacular.
Blackpool is often called the "gay capital of the North" and has always been a popular resort with gay men and women.
In the puritanical 1940s and 50s Blackpool became known as a place where hotel owners would turn a blind-eye,
so unmarried straight couples and homosexuals could share a room with no questions asked.
More recently, Blackpool has openly promoted itself as a gay-friendly destination, with its own gay pride week, and
several bars, pubs and nightclubs aimed at the LGBT community. These include Funny Girls, Boot Camp, the
Flamingo, the Flying Handbag, Roxy's, Mardi Gras, KAOS, and several others.
Click the links at the foot of this page for all that Gay Blackpool has to offer.
The local gay community also has an online radio station - Blackpool Gay Radio - featuring a mix of music, local news,
features and celebrity interviews.
Blackpool is primarily a working-class holiday resort, attracting visitors from all over north-west England and from
Glasgow, so there is some risk of encountering homophobic behaviour - especially at night. However, if you stick to the
gay venues Blackpool is a fairly safe place.