Have a look around the seaside high streets of St Annes Town Centre, with Visit St Annes.
It’s quite a compact shopping area, centred around the main road of St Annes Road West. The high street runs at right angles to Clifton Drive (the A584 where the photo below is taken from). Clifton Drive is the main coast road from Blackpool and Lytham – where you’ll find the Pier and beach.
St Annes Town Centre: an attractive place to shop
The wide, open high street of St Annes Road West is an attractive street. It’s lined on both sides with gardens and wide walkways and it’s a lovely place to visit and spend an afternoon out.
Each year, the centre of town bursts into colour through the hard work of the St Annes In Bloom team. Hanging baskets appear and flower beds are transformed into amazing displays of colourful blooms.
There’s plenty of space for the many shelters, benches and seating areas. The public spaces create a nice backdrop to the shops along this main street. There are plenty of pavement cafes and places to sit awhile for a break and a breather in your shopping!
Shopping in St Annes Town Centre
St Annes is a good town centre with a good retail offering. It’s a pleasant way to pass a few hours. There are plenty of facilities and the town centre is just a short walk from the beach, promenade and pier.
The stores are arranged side-by-side in a compact town centre making it a short walk from one store to the next. National names and local independents are interspaced with places to eat.
There’s ample seating along the high street where you can sit awhile before continuing on your shopping mission.
National Names and Independents
Are you looking for something special, or different, and like to be able to buy nice things for yourself, your home or your friends? Then a few hours shopping in St Annes is certainly for you!
Attracting visitors and holiday makers alongside the residents of the Fylde Coast, there are plenty of national high street names here. Including both Sainsbury’s and Aldi supermarkets plus a Tesco Express on the high street. Boots, New Look, M&Co, WH Smith and similar.
You’ll also find plenty of local independent stores. The side streets off St Annes Road West are lined with them and pretty much most things are on sale here. There are boutiques and clothes shops for all the family, along with food outlets, gift shops and homewares. As you might expect, there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Amenities in St Annes Town Centre
In front of the shops along one side of St Annes Road West you’ll find Pay and Display parking bays. There’s an NCP car park behind the former JR Taylor department store, opposite Ashton Gardens. There is further parking at the nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket for store customers, plus more next to the Pier.
Additional free on-street spaces are available along side streets around the town centre and along the full length of the promenade. There’s more about transport to and around St Annes here.
Head inland along St Annes Road West and it gives way to The Crescent. The shops continue as the road rises above the railway line, and in fact you can see the railway station below you.
Against the railway station you’ll find a block of Danfo public toilets. More toilets are next to the Pier.
Parallel to St Annes Road West is Back St Annes Rd West. It’s reached by any one of a number of interlinked side streets – each of which is lined with independent shops.
Near to St Annes Town Centre
St Annes is one of the few British towns (along with Fleetwood) originally built in a grid pattern. This does make it much more easy to find your way around!
Head West along St Annes Road West and of course you’ll arrive at the coast. It’s just a short walk from the town centre to the Pier, promenade beach and seafront attractions. So you can enjoy a full, family day out with something for everyone, all close at hand.
If you stand facing inland, to your left at the rear of St Annes Road West on St George’s Road is the beautiful Ashton Gardens.
At the other side of St Annes Road West, side streets lead to Wood Street where you’ll find even more shops.
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