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The Fylde Coast is on England’s North West Coast, on the Irish Sea between the river Ribble and Wyre estuaries, northwest of Preston.
Fleetwood is at the north of the Fylde Coast, against the Wyre estuary. Lytham in the south is against the estuary of the River Ribble estuary. Blackpool, in the centre (marked by the orange pin on the map above), faces straight over the Irish sea.
Getting to the Fylde Coast from Further Afield
The M55 (above) joins the main UK motorway network to the Fylde Coast. From there you can take a straight route into central Blackpool.
Or, veer to the left and head for Lytham and St Annes which are in the borough of Fylde, or to the right and make for the borough of Wyre. There you’ll find Cleveleys, Fleetwood and the market town of Poulton.
Blackpool North Railway Station provides good rail access to the main UK network.
There are also railway stations at Poulton, Blackpool St Annes and Lytham. Please check the main railway network operator websites for the latest information.
Getting Around when you’re at the Fylde Coast
Blackpool trams are operated by Blackpool Transport. They run along the seafront from Squires Gate at the southern end of Blackpool, through central Blackpool, Bispham and Anchorsholme into Cleveleys. They terminate at the end of their journey a few miles north at Fleetwood.
There’s a choice of the modern, smooth trams like the one above, or the old style Heritage Trams for getting about. The Heritage Trams operate from separate tram stops.
Buses on the Fylde Coast are also operated by Blackpool Transport. As you’d expect there’s a range of timetables, services and fare options to help you to plan the best route and most cost effective way of travelling.
There are plenty of taxi firms who operate both black cabs and private hire vehicles. There are even fleets of green, electric taxis (which are mostly white!)
Car parking, especially in Blackpool, is often cited as being plentiful. There are plenty of public pay and display car parks at all the towns on the Fylde Coast. There’s also on-street parking, although it’s usually easier to find a space outside the town centres. More about parking on the Fylde Coast here.
Especially in Blackpool, at the height of the holiday season it might be easier to park your car and leave it. Catch the bus or use the tram while you’re here and make the best of the public transport network.
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