Illumination Tours

Illuminations tours are back in 2024! Ahead of the new Heritage season, here is all the information you’ll need to enjoy the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations from the best seat in the house!

You have the pick of our iconic fleet for your tour, including the famous Western Train and the HMS Blackpool. We also have our double deck Heritage Trams running during the Illuminations, which provides a stunning view of the famous lights from start to finish.

Please note: Tickets will be available from the 26th April. 

When do our Illumination Tours start?

Tours will run from the start of September through to the end of December.

During October, Illuminations Tours will run daily.

During September, November and December, tours will be running Wednesday to Sunday.

Please note: Due to the World Fireworks Championship, no tours will take place on 7th September, 14th September and 5th October in 2024.

Where do the Illumination Tours go?

You’ll get amazing views of the whole illuminated promenade, all three piers and every bulb on the coastline!

Starting at our Pleasure Beach tram stop, the tour takes you through our North Pier/Tower, Cabin and Little Bispham stops.

Once you have completed the first stretch from Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham, you can leave the tour at any of these stops on the journey back.

Where do you board the tour?

The tour starts at our ‘Heritage Tram Tours’ stop – just across from the Pleasure Beach beside Sandcastle Waterpark.

Please see the map below for the boarding location.

How long is the tour?

The Illuminations Tour lasts for 1 hour but can run slightly longer.

Due to how busy the promenade is during the Illuminations, slight delays can occur. Blackpool’s regular service trams run at the same time as our Illuminations Tours, which can also cause slight delays.

This just means you get longer to take in the sights and the lights!

Which trams are running on Illumination Tours?

If you’ve seen Blackpool lit up during the Illuminations, you’ll be familiar with the HMS Blackpool and the Western Train. These are lit up with thousands of bulbs as you glide down the promenade!

We also have our double deck Heritage Trams that provide a view from above of the amazing promenade!

This is in addition to our open top trams that offer 360-degree sights of the Illuminations.

To see our full fleet of Heritage Trams, click here.

Please note: If the weather is unsuitable for an open top tram, we reserve the right to substitute it for a covered tram.

Prices

Tickets vary in price depending on the day of the tour.

Sunday to Friday

Adults (16+) £10
Children (3-15 years old) £5

Saturdays

Adults (16+) £12
Children (3-15 years old) £6

Under 3’s are welcome to travel for free if they are not occupying a seat. If you wish for them to have their own space, please reserve a child’s seat for them.

All prams and buggies must also be folded onboard. There may be limited space for buggies and prams but we will accommodate where we can.

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Accessibility

Due to the age of our trams, the majority are not equipped with wheelchair accessibility. Our Western Train has an electric lift and space for one wheelchair onboard.

Our trams have space for folded wheelchairs but this does mean all passengers must be able to board the tram and get to their seat. Whilst our conductors will provide all the assistance they can, they cannot provide direct physical assistance. The steps up to our Heritage vehicles are between 16 and 18 inches high. Please bare this in mind before boarding.

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