Blackpool UK

Living in Blackpool, UK – What to Know Before Moving

What this article covers

  • What makes Blackpool a good or bad place to live in relation to other cities and towns in the UK
  • Pros and cons of living in Blackpool for working professionals, students, and families
  • Best and worst areas to live in Blackpool

Best places to live in Blackpool

The following areas are considered a few of the better places to live in Blackpool.

South Shore (postcode district: FY4)

Bispham (postcode district: FY2)

Thornton (postcode district: FY5)

Worst places to live in Blackpool

The following are some of the places in Blackpool you may want to consider avoiding.

Blackpool town centre (postcode district: FY1)

Grange park (postcode district: FY3)

Housing prices in Blackpool

The following is based on data from the UK House Price Index (September 2023).

Detached properties

The average price of a detached property was £216K (+21% vs. 5 years ago).

Semi-detached properties

The average price of a semi-detached property was £146K (+20% vs. 5 years ago).

Terraced properties

The average price of a terraced property was £108K (+19% vs. 5 years ago).

Flats and apartments

The average price of a flat was £74K (6% vs. 5 years ago).

Public Transportation & Commuting

Bus access

Blackpool Transport Services is the main bus operator in the local area. They offer routes to various areas including Lytham, St Annes, and Bispham. There are other bus operators as well but they offer less services in the area, such as Stagecoach, Preston Bus, and Transpora Bus.

Train access

The main railway stations are Blackpool North and Blackpool South. You will have access to Northern Trains from both stations. Blackpool North also offer routes serviced by Avanti West Coast. You can find direct lines to destinations such as Manchester Airport, London Euston, and Liverpool Lime Street.

Closest airports to Blackpool

Blackpool does have its own airport but it only serves private charter flights. The closest airport to Blackpool is Manchester Airport, which can be reached by train (2 hours) or car (1 hour 20 minutes). Liverpool John Lennon Airport is another option but it’s less convenient to get to by public transport.


Primary schools

The best primary schools in Blackpool include Layton Primary School and Blackpool St Nicholas CofE Primary School. Admission can be quite competitive. The former, for example, accepts less than 100 students in reception.

Secondary schools

The most popular secondary school is Spen Brook School. You will find more high-quality secondary schools in the neighbouring regions such as in Preston. You may need to expand your search to schools such as Broughton High School and Cedar Lodge School.

Published on | Last updated on 11/25/2023

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