We are currently offering a reduced Promenade Tour service operated by Vintage Trams, these operate selected tours on weekends and during the half term holidays (12-30 October).
We offer three options for your daytime Promenade Tour, differing by date:
Ride on an open ‘Boat’ tram or enclosed single-deck tram (depending on the weather)
Ride on a traditional and iconic Blackpool Balloon tram
Ride on a Vintage tram dating from the early 1900’s (eg Tram 66, 143 or 147)
If the tour you want is already full or the times are not suitable, please pop back later to check our timetable as we constantly monitor and, where possible, add additional tours.
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The tour last around an hour and costs £4 for adults and £2 for children (15 and under).
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.
We offer a Promenade Tour 4 for 3 Pass – you can buy these from our booking site. For the cost of 3 tours, the 4 for 3 Pass allows you to book any 4 Promenade tours in 2020. Please see our Fares page for more details.
Booking a Promenade Tour
Payment is securely taken online by credit or debit card by our booking partner ‘eola’ and your booking confirmation will arrive by email.
Where does the Tour take me?
The tour takes place on one of our Heritage Trams which range in age from over 100 years to some in their 40s. If you want to see the types of trams we have, you’ll find them on our Fleet page but the actual trams out on a particular day will vary.
Starting from the northbound North Pier & The Tower Heritage Tram stop, which you will find if you check out our Find Us page, we travel north along the Promenade along the routes which have, in various forms, been carrying trams for over 100 years – don’t worry, the tracks were upgraded as recently as 2012 so they are in excellent shape!
The route north leaves the centre of Blackpool behind and travels past the Metropole, Imperial Hotel and the Blackpool Grand (Hilton as was) and then down the steepest gradient of the whole tramway into the dip at Gynn Square. For those who don’t know, the name of the square comes from an inn there back in the 1800’s called The Gynn, still there but much modernised, and is pronounced with a hard G as in ‘garden’ rather than a soft G as in gin & tonic.
Climbing once more we reach Cabin, where once stood another hostelry called Uncle Tom’s Cabin but is now a Ma Kelly’s Showboat venue, and then the route flattens out on the run to Bispham, past the easily recognisable Norbreck Castle Hotel and to Little Bispham. Here the tram turns to take us back toward Blackpool along the busiest part of The Prom, the Golden Mile, past all three piers, Coral Island and the Tower and eventually arrives at Pleasure Beach in the south of the town.
Turning one last time, we head north again so that we can return to North Pier & Tower stop where you first boarded and where your tour ends around an hour after first leaving.
Where do I join the tour?
All our Promenade Tours start from our northbound North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram stop – you’ll can see this on a map on our Find Us page.
We aim to run a selection of tours throughout the day at weekends and Bank Holidays and will re-introduce weekday services as soon as we are able. You can check out when our services are running by visiting our Timetable page.
Once on our tour, you can, if you wish, leave it at any of our Heritage Tram stops on the route but, in doing so, you are bringing your tour to an end. It is not a hop-on-hop-off tour so you will not be able to rejoin this or a later tour on that same reservation – you can only board our tours at North Pier & Tower stop.
At the time of booking you are able to choose from a small selection of our souvenirs. If you purchase any of these they will be handed to you as you take your tour. They are also available for home delivery, along with over a hundred other items, in our online shop.
Window Gazer – your free tour guide
We have produced a free Window Gazer guide of the buildings, sights and interesting information in the view from your window as you travel with us on your tour. It’s like having your own personal tour guide but without the bad jokes!