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Did you know - that in 2017 you voted the Blackpool Tramway as the no 1 attraction in Blackpool on TripAdvisor?
Did you know - that when you buy a ticket to ride a Blackpool Heritage Tram that you can break your journey?
That means you can travel between North Pier and Blackpool Pleasure Beach as you wish - get off - do whatever - and then get back on again later in the same day for your return journey.
At just £3.50 for an adult ticket, that's unbeatable value!
(And a well hidden fact!)
With Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours you can enjoy an experience like no other, as you take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history along the fantastic seafront of this world famous seaside resort.
Up until 2011, the “Heritage” cars were the service fleet trams. Operating every day except Christmas Day, they travelled along the tram lines, carrying residents and visitors from A to B. A multi-million pound upgrade transformed Blackpool's tramway - the tracks were all relaid and a new, modern fleet of low-floor trams are now the service fleet.
However, the original Blackpool trams - with their distinctive 'clickety-clack' as they drive along - are much loved and as integral to Blackpool as fish and chips and the donkeys on the beach - so a core selection of trams from the original system were kept and returned to passenger carrying duties once more.
Many of these original trams are over 80 years old and have been retained and superbly restored. It's a unique experience as nowhere else in the UK can you still ride on a Heritage Tram on the line for which it was originally built.
Blackpool Heritage Trams run most weekends throughout the year, daily during most UK school holidays and, of course, operate our famous Autumn Illumination Tours where you can ride aboard one of the illuminated trams.
Along with our Heritage Buses, the trams are also available for hire to help you celebrate your special occasion.
So, whether you want to hire a tram, join us for one of our regular events or just enjoy a very special ride along Blackpool’s Promenade, we have something to offer for everyone.
• Can we pre-book tours? - Generally No, just turn up and pay the conductor on board The only pre-bookable tours are Great British Night Out, Guided Tours and Ghost Tours
• Do you operate every day? - Promenade Tours operate most weekends & school holidays Illumination Tours operate every evening during the Illuminations except Switch On night Illumination Tours start from Switch-On time until 9pm Sun-Thurs & until 10pm Fri/Sat
• Do you operate tours on Switch On night - No, we start on Saturday 2nd September This is because the Tramway is closed at Tower Headland for The Switch On event
• What time is best to catch an Illumination Tour? - The first tours are always busiest and then get quieter during the evening, an hour after switch on time is best for a shorter wait! Friday/Saturday are busiest! Tours take just over an hour and operate around every 20 minutes.
• Where do we catch an Illuminations Tour? - ONLY from Pleasure Beach Heritage Stop you can alight an Illuminations tour at other Heritage Tram Stops on the return journey
• Are all trams illuminated? - We use a mix of Illuminated and Heritage trams You get a great view of the Illuminations from the Top deck of our Double Deckers!
• Can I get off and rejoin a tour (split tour)? - Daytime tours-Yes, Illumination tours-No
• Are Blackpool Transport Saver/Day/24/One tickets valid on Heritage Tram Tours - No Heritage Day Tickets are available which also include modern tram and bus services
• Can we buy Heritage Day Tickets on all trams and buses - Yes, Heritage Day Tickets can be bought on any Blackpool Transport bus or tram service, remember and ask for HERITAGE! Heritage Day Tickets: Adult £11, Child £6, Family £25 - includes all tours/buses/trams
• Can we buy Heritage Tram Tickets online or on the Blackpool Transport App - No
• Can we pay by Debit/Credit Card – No, we only accept £cash on our tours
• Are concession passes accepted on Heritage Trams - No, these are not valid for tours
• Are Heritage Day Tickets valid for 24 hours - No, only valid on the day of purchase
• Can I hire a Heritage Tram - Yes, call Emma on 01253 209521 for more details!
All of the heritage Tramcars, are, by definition, old! They need tender loving care, maintenance, and in many cases restoration.
Many of them have been moved to different places, different collections, and different owners - so there are opportunities to bring some of them back home, restore them and, one by one, add them to the operational fleet.
Blackpool Heritage Trust have been fundraising for the restoration of two exciting additions to the fleet. They can't do it without your help so a BIG thank you goes to everyone who has supported these two appeals:
Our 'phase one' project is to restore the 4-wheel truck from this tramcar to create a rolling chassis onto which we can then rebuild the body.
To complete this we need four brand new steel tyres, at a cost of £500 each. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cost.
Once we have the foundations of the tram in place, work can then progress towards rebuilding the body and recreating the missing components that will allow Paisley 16 to take its place on Blackpool's Promenade within a reasonable timescale.
This is a dash panel from Paisley 16 from the later stage of its working life when it was Glasgow 1016. You can see from the state of it how large a task is ahead in restoring it to as-new condition!
The Blackpool Hovertram returned to us in September 2016 after almost a decade away and having spent periods of time in both Beith, Scotland, and Sunderland. Latterly in the ownership of the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust (NEETT), the tram initially came back to us on a long term loan.
However, NEETT have now presented us with a unique opportunity to actually purchase the Hovertram outright, which will allow it to remain as part of the Blackpool collection, in perpetuity. We feel that this is an opportunity that we should not miss, as it will reunite the entire 1960's illuminated collection under one umbrella and in their original home at Rigby Road.
NEETT have very generously agreed to accept a figure of around half of the £7000 that they have themselves invested in the tram in terms of purchase, moving and storage. We have therefore raised £3,500 to allow the famous illuminated Hovertram to stay in Blackpool, where it belongs!
Again, many thanks to you all for your donations. No matter how big or small they are very much appreciated, and will help us to secure the future of the Hovertram here in Blackpool. Donors of £500 or more will be invited to come and inspect the tram themselves, and to hear first hand about our plans for its future return to use.
Although these two particular appeals are now funded, if you would like to make a donation it would be so very welcome, and would go to other appeals and the ongoing work to maintain and preserve our unique transport heritage.
To donate please send a cheque payable to “Blackpool Heritage Trust” to 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED
Alternatively, we would very much appreciate monthly standing orders. This form of regular contribution allows us to forward plan our projects, and will help us to build on our achievements so far and deliver the world class collection of Heritage trams that we all desire to see.
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Saturdays 9, 16, 23 December, between 10am and 4pm
Visit Santa onboard the Western Train at the North Pier Heritage Stop (that's the one next to Festival House on the seafront).
Santa will see as many children as possible between 10am and 4pm, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment!!
Catch the Heritage Tram for your journey at the Heritage Stops at:
- Pleasure Beach
- Tower/North Pier
Tickets for your Heritage Tram Tour including Santa Special are just £6 adults and £3 children.
NOTE: Ticket includes unlimited Heritage Tram Rides on the day of your ticket!!
Buy your tickets on board - cash only!
Includes a gift from Santa and a juice for children, plus mince pies and sherry for adults.
Ride the Western Train Tram WITH Santa onboard on the 4pm journey, for a supplement of £2 adults and £1 children.
27 and 28 January
24 and 25 February
From 10am to 5pm
Enjoy travelling in style on selected days throughout the winter months, on board one of the Blackpool Heritage Tram fleet.
- Round tour or day tickets available
- Six trams in service each day
- Hop on - Hop off tours every 15 minutes
- For timetables see Facebook, Twitter and BlackpoolHeritage.com
Buy your tickets on board - cash only!
Mini tour return trip only £3.50 adults/£2 children. Between Pleasure Beach - Tower/North Pier - Bispham
Full tour return trip tickets only £5.50 adult/£3 children. Between Pleasure Beach - Fleetwood
Heritage Day Ticket - unlimited travel on all Heritage Trams, plus all other Blackpool Transport buses and trams - just £11 adults/£6 child/£25 family. Concession/Heritage only - day ticket £8.50
Catch a Heritage Tram only at special stops
You can enjoy a Blackpool Heritage Tram ride on the promenade every weekend throughout the season until November. Check back in 2018 for the new timetable and season start dates.
On selected weekends there are enhanced services for special events, plus Heritage Trams operate daily during peak holiday weeks at Easter, Spring Bank, for the summer and school half term holidays.
Different trams from the Heritage fleet operate on different days - and on beautiful sunny days the open-top tram cars come out too!
Choose from different ticketing options. Ride there and back just for the experience, or hop on and off throughout the day.
We have HMS Blackpool, Brush Car 630, Centenary 648 & Balloon 717 in service today. Every 15 minutes until 1600
Things to do today: Have a Heritage Tram ride, visit Santa on the Western Train at North Pier, enjoy some Sherry and Mince Pie, visit our official shop tram, have another tram ride! All for £6adult/£3child
If you've recently considered joining our team of dedicated volunteer conductors we're just finalising our next interview and assessment centres ahead of conductor training towards the end of January. If you would like to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th December http://www.blackpoolheritage.com/httours/about/vacancies/
Building on the success of the 2016 season, Blackpool Heritage Trust & Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours now have opportunities for volunteers in the following roles:- -Tram Crew (Drivers & Conductors) -Customer Service Team Members -Depot Tour Guides Tram Crew As a member of the Tram Crew team, you wil...
Don't forget it's our Christmas & Santa event every Saturday until the big day! To celebrate Santa's visit, we'll be running a special Heritage Tram service along the promenade. Tickets are only £6 for an adult, or £3 for a child, which includes a sherry (or juice) and a mince-pie on board the Western Train, meeting Santa in his grotto with a gift for the children (providing they’ve been good, of course!) and unlimited rides on the trams along the promenade. Santa will be leaving on the Western Train at 4pm and, for a supplement of £2 per adult and £1 per child, you can join him on his trip before he heads back to the North Pole! If you just want a tram ride you can have one round tour anywhere between Pleasure Beach and Bispham for only £3.50 adult or £2 child! 4 Heritage trams operate a 15 minute frequency from 10am - 4pm
Our procession of Brush Cars this morning. That concludes our celebrations for 80 years of Brush Cars
“**Additional Tour** The @Fishermans_UK Trawler will operate additional Fleetwood journey departing Pleasure Beach @ 1228 & departing #Fleetwood @ 1325”
Thanks to everyone who supported our winter gold event today, we'll do it all again tomorrow plus don't miss our Brush Car Parade!
***AlterationSATURDAY*** due to a member of our team being unavailable Tram E will be 648 instead of 715 and the extra will not operate today. Sorry for any disappointment.
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