Stanley Park Blackpool is often overlooked by visitors to the town which is a real crying shame. This wonderful parkland was created in 1921 by a renowned team of landscape engineers charged with creating some of the best ornamental county garden estates in England. They wasted no time is turning what was once a marshy bog close to Martin Mere into the masterpiece it is today.
The park was designed from the centre out. At the centre of its full 390 acres is a circular Italian Garden from this paths lead off to all quadrants of the park which offer a wonderful assortment of architecture in the Art Deco style, recreation facilities and flower and shrub exhibitions. With the lake to the East and the Cricket Ground to the North West carefully screened by woodlands and exotic shrubs it brings a unique environment away from the hustle and bustle of Blackpool’s sea side attractions. In 1995 the park was granted Grade 2 Listed Status.
As mentioned to the East is a large boating lake which is also the home to various types of wildlife with protected habitats on islands reserved particularly for breeding birds. On a warm summers day many a ‘twitcher’ is seen rowing the lake in search of rare species. Around the lake is a track popular with local joggers and a bandstand and one of the park’s elegant rose gardens. To the North lies an 18 hole Golf course home to Blackpool Golf club but open as a municipal course nonetheless. This area also contains the larger of the parks rose gardens, its bowling greens and a central cafe. On the Western Side lies the Cricket ground adopted by Blackpool Cricket Club but regularly used in the Summer for County Games by Lancashire County Cricket Club. This area also hosts the athletics track and the sports cenrte which has a fully equipped gym and climbing wall.
To the South West of the park lies Blackpool Model Village and whilst it borders Stanley Park its entrance actually lies in East Park Drive. Visitors will be enthralled by its wonderfully created miniature English Village Scenes.
Last but not least we should mention the Zoo the entrance to which lies on the other side of East Park Drive opposite the Boating Lake. Set in 33 acres of aged parkland and small lakes the site is home to over 1500 animals including all those which the kids love to see, Lions, Tigers. Elephants Giraffes and much much more including birds sea mammals and insects from across the globe.
The areas housing the animals and mammals around the parkland area of the Zoo have been carefully planned to provide an environment as close to what the species would experience in the wild and as part of it;s conservation efforts Blackpool Zoo has won many awards notably the ‘Best Visitor Attraction in Lancashire’ category at the Blackpool Tourism Awards 2010!
An ideal day out for the family the Zoo offers the chance for the youngsters to feed miniature donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens in a special walk round area.
A visit to Stanley Park is best organised at the same time as a visit to Blackpool Model Village and Blackpool Zoo as the 3 attractions are all within an easy walk of each other.
Stanley Park lies a little way out of the town. Best Parking it at the Model Village on the Blackpool Zoo Car Park. Please See the Map below and Don’t Forget if you are looking for Blackpool Accommodation whilst visiting any of these attractions then Moorbank House offers unbeatable value.
Blackpool Zoo is marked on this Map as ‘Stanley Park Aerodrome’. Parking is off Woodside Drive. The red marker is where the Model Village is located and Stanley Park itself lies behind the Model Village.