With a long history as a holiday hotspot, Blackpool remains one of the UK's favourite seaside resorts, attracting 16 million visitors per year. The town is as charmingly flamboyant as it is traditional, making it the country’s ultimate entertainment mecca, with both old-school and high-tech amusements by the sea. In fact, Blackpool is so much fun that it enjoys an extended holiday season, drawing in visitors from March until November. Blackpool Tower is probably the best-known landmark, but the hair-raising Pleasure Beach theme park and the twinkling annual illuminations do their part in drawing the crowds. The promenade, the beaches, the nightlife and the casino strip also add to the town’s timeless appeal.