Illuminations Tour

Forget lengthy walks and stop & start traffic and take a tour of one of Blackpool’s oldest and renowned attractions, us! You’ll have the best seats in the house for the world famous Blackpool Illuminations as you take a full trip, from one end of the lights to the other and back! We’ll make sure that you don’t miss any of the spectacle.

If you have seen Blackpool’s Illuminations before you may know of the illuminated trams that roll up and down the promenade. That’s us! Our Western Train and HMS Blackpool trams are famous for their Illuminated tours and put the icing on the cake for your trip through the lights. We also use our iconic double deck Heritage Trams, giving you excellent views of the show from their large windows and on milder nights, our open-top single deck trams, giving you an unrestricted view. Don’t worry, it’s not a lucky dip, you’ll be able to pick the tram you’d like to ride on when you book your tour with us as we use different trams each night.

Where does the tour take me?

Diagram of our tour route

Your Illumination Tour will start from our Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram Stop, right opposite the Pleasure Beach itself. Heading north along Blackpool’s famous Promenade, you’ll also pass The Tower and all three piers before travelling to the illuminated and animated tableaux before and turning around at Bispham.

Travelling back to the Pleasure Beach where you first boarded, if you were on the roadside of the tram on the way up, you will be on the seaside of the tram on the way back, so you won’t miss a single bulb!

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Illuminated Trams, we have more information and some wonderful old photographs in Our Stories.

If the weather is unsuitable for an open top tram or in the unlikely event that the tram is not operational, we reserve the right to substitute it for an alternate one from our iconic heritage fleet.

How long does the tour last?

The Illumination Tour is a 1-hour return trip to Little Bispham and back, however, this can vary as the tour passes through some of the busiest parts of the promenade and operates alongside the regular tram service. Sometimes we have to go slightly slower because of the number of people on the promenade but this just means you get more time to enjoy the view!

Where do I catch my tour?

All our Illumination Tours start from our Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop, opposite the Pleasure Beach main entrance and just south of the Sandcastle Waterpark.

Tour Prices when booked online

Sunday to Friday
Adults (16+): £10
Children (3-15 years old): £5

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

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

Please note that no Illumination tours will run on Saturday 17th September due to the World Fireworks Championship taking place.

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Tour Prices when booked online

Sunday to Friday
Adults (16+): £10
Children (3-15 years old): £5

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

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

Please note that no Illumination tours will run on Saturday 17th September due to the World Fireworks Championship taking place.

Optional Extras

At the time of booking, you are able to choose from a small selection of souvenirs. If you purchase any of these, they will be handed to you once you have boarded your tour. They are also available for home delivery, along with over a hundred other items from our online shop.

Accessibility

Due to the age of our trams they do not have any wheelchair accessibility apart from our Western Train Tram which has an electric lift and space for one wheelchair user.

Our trams do have space to carry a folded wheelchair but it does mean all passengers have to be able to board and get to their seat. Whilst our conductors will help all they can, they cannot provide direct physical assistance.

Prams and Luggage

If we have space on the tram we are happy to carry folded prams and push-chairs.

Personal baggage must be placed at your feet in front of you or on your lap. For safety, the walkways have to remain unobstructed.

We are not able to carry bicycles.

Want to know more about the Illuminations?

You will find lots of information about The Illuminations at VisitBlackpool.com which is the tourism arm of Blackpool Council. There is lots of other useful information there too that will help you get the best from your visit to our town.

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