The REAL Drive

Driving a REAL heritage tram on a REAL operating tramway

You can drive one of our genuine & original heritage fleet trams right here on the promenade past the world famous Tower and Piers under the watchful eye of our talented and enthusiastic team of Instructors. We are the only destination in the UK that you can drive a REAL heritage tram on a REAL operating tramway and what’s more, this experience is in the hometown and birthplace of the electric tram.

700 and 713 at Tower North Pier

135 Years Young

The tramway was opened in 1885 and is still going strong following an upgrade and introduction of new low-floor accessible trams to allow the tramway to meet modern needs and take comfort and the customer experience to a new level.

A selection of original trams built from the 1900’s onwards were retained and still operate seamlessly amongst the modern fleet providing nostalgic heritage promenade tours throughout the year.

The Tram Controller handle

Genuine & Original Tram

You can drive one of our genuine & original heritage fleet trams from the 1930’s right here on the promenade past the world famous Tower and three Piers under the watchful eye of our talented and enthusiastic team of Instructors.

We are the only destination in the UK that you can drive a REAL heritage tram on a REAL operating tramway and what’s more, this experience is in the hometown and birthplace of the electric tram.

715 and 718 with Brush Car

Truly Unique Experience

Blackpool is absolutely unique in that it has the first and only continuously operating electric tramway in the UK and we can offer you the opportunity to come and drive one of our fleet of heritage trams.

You can even bring along your own passengers – up to 4 – to share the experience of being driven by you up and down the famous Blackpool Prom.

An experience not to be missed.

The REAL Nitty Gritty

Each course is an individual experience though we can also arrange a two-participant slightly longer day if you want to come with a friend – see below.

The course includes a full safety briefing and introduction to the tramway, familiarisation of the tram itself and your driving experience will be on the section of tramway between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham. You will drive for a full three hours in total during the day. The tram used will normally be one of the ‘B’ fleet double deck Balloon trams originally built circa 1934.

Your Experience will start at 09:30 with an introduction and breakfast roll and will finish at 15:30. Your lunch and refreshments during the day are also included.

Each participant will receive a special workshop tour, a selection of exclusive ‘REAL DRIVE’ souvenirs, and a framed course certificate.

You are very welcome to bring up to four companions who can join your tram at North Pier/Tower Heritage stop and travel as passengers on board, join us for lunch and at the end of the day to see you presented with your certificate.

Prefer to share the day with another REAL DRIVING friend?

We can accommodate two REAL Drivers by starting at a slightly earlier time (08:30) and finishing around 17:00. You will each get your full three hours of driving and your own exclusive souvenirs – in fact it will be exactly the same as an individual experience but with two of you.

Who can come for a REAL Drive?

To participate in a drive, you must hold a current and valid full UK driving licence (not provisional) issued by the DVLA, be no older than 70, meet the car driving eyesight standard (with glasses or contact lenses if worn) and be physically fit.

A medical declaration must be signed by participants and there will be a simple eyesight check on the day.

Book an experience like no other

You can download a booking form from the link below, or request one by email

A £50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking.

The remaining balance must be paid at least 14 days before of the experience date and, once paid, is non-refundable. If unforeseen circumstances cause the day to be altered or curtailed, then we will rearrange to another mutually agreeable date.

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are available in denominations of £50

Prices

The REAL Drive costs £450 per participant.

If you wish, you can increase the time of your driving from 3 hours to 6 hours at an additional cost of £350. Your day will then start at 08:30 and finish around 17:00. This option is not available if you are sharing your day with another participant.

The fare for your optional passenger guests (maximum 4) is £10 each.

Dates

When you submit your booking form, please give us two (or more) dates that are suitable for you and we will try to fit in with your request. If those dates are not free, we will contact you to arrange another mutually suitable date.