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With Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours you can enjoy an experience like no other as you take a ride aboard a piece of moving history!

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Take a Ride on a Heritage Blackpool Tram

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.

Blackpool Heritage Tram

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.

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Trams for Hire

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.

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Heritage Tram Tours FAQs and Helpful Hints!

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!

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FUNDRAISING APPEALS

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 are currently fundraising for the restoration of two exciting additions to the fleet - they can't do it without your help!

Paisley & District tramcar no.16 of 1904 (later Glasgow 1016)

Paisley & District Tramcar no 16

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.We have already received our first very generous donation of £500 – which will buy us one tyre. Can you help us to fund the other three?

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.

dash panel from Paisley 16 from the later stage of its working life when it was Glasgow 1016.

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!

Any donation, no matter how big or small will help us to achieve the target and move us towards having a fully overhauled truck for this lovely little tramcar. Donors of £500 or more will be invited to Rigby Road when the work commences, to see the progress for themselves.

Blackpool Illuminated Hovertram of 1963

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.

Blackpool Illuminated Hovertram 1963 at Rigby Road

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 are therefore aiming to raise £3,500 to allow the famous illuminated Hovertram to stay in Blackpool, where it belongs!

Blackpool Hovertram

Again, any donation no matter how big or small will be 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.

Make a Donation

To donate to any of the restoration appeals, please send a cheque payable to “Blackpool Heritage Trust” to 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED, making it clear whether you wish your donation to support Paisley 16, or Illuminated Hovertram 735.

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.

A link to Blackpool Heritage Trust standing order forms can be found here.



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Ride the Lights Night

Tuesday 29 August from 6 to 10pm

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours Ride the Lights

While the cyclists cycle and the walkers walk, why don't you come and have a ride on our iconic Illuminated Heritage Trams at a discounted price for one night only. Or park up your bike and join us for a trip!

There's no need to book, just pay on board!

Discounted round tour is just £5.50 for adults and £3 for children.
Bring proof of an FY postcode and local residents can discount that further to £3.50 for adults and £2 for children!
(normal tour prices are £6 for adults and £3 children)

You can join the tour at any of the Heritage Tram stops - at the Pleasure Beach, Tower/North Pier, Cabin or Bispham.

Daily illuminated tram tours begin on Saturday 2 September

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Blackpool Illuminated Heritage Tram Tours

HMS Blackpool illuminated Heritage Tram

Every night (except Switch On Night when the prom is closed) during the Blackpool Illuminations season you can ride on one of the amazing Illuminated Heritage Trams along the promenade.

Pick from the Western Train, HMS Blackpool and the Fisherman's Friend Trawler Trams, and trundle fully illuminated through the world famous Lights!

Find out more about Illuminated Heritage Tram Tours here

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Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours presents 'The Ghost Tram'

Blackpool Heritage Ghost Tours

With your host, the Victorian Ghost Hunter, Stephen Mercer, author of Haunted Blackpool.

Monday nights from 7.30pm, a ghostly tour from Pleasure Beach to Fleetwood, lasting around 2 hours.

4, 11 and 25 September plus 2, 9 and 16 October

Plus - a HALLOWEEN SPECIAL on Tuesday 31 October at 5.15pm!!

Tickets must be pre-booked by calling Emma on 01253 209521, or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com - please mention that you saw it here!

Tickets
Adults £9.50, children £4, family of four £21 (2 adults, 2 children under 16)

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Blackpool Heritage Trams Anniversary Spectacular

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September from 10am to 5pm

Blackpool Heritage Trams Anniversary Spectacular

If you love Blackpool's Heritage Trams, you'll LOVE this anniversary spectacular weekend!

* Enjoy pre-booked tours of the tram depot
* Rarely seen trams on display at Hopton Road
* Frequent tram tours every 10/20 minutes

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Brush Car - 1937-2017

Get the full day out and book in advance.

Tickets are £20 per adult & £15 per child and this will include a visit round both depots and a heritage day ticket.
To book ring 01253 209521 - and please mention that you saw it here!

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The Great British Night Out

13 September, 11 October at 6.30pm

Great British Night Our with Blackpool Heritage Trams

Where else can you enjoy fish and chips on a tram!
Plus mushy peas and your choice of refreshment - and a one hour Heritage Tram Tour!

The tram will be available for boarding from 6.30pm at North Pier and Tower Heritage Tram stop (next to Festival House). Supper will be served on board and the tram will depart at 7pm*

Tickets must be pre-booked by calling Emma on 01253 209521 (Mon to Fri 1-4pm) or email your contact details to heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com (and please say that you saw it here, thanks!)

*13 September and 11 October tours are £15 each, board from 7pm and include a tour of the Illuminations.

More about Blackpool Heritage Trams

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World First: Illuminated Trams on Parade!

For one night only on Thursday 26th October, Blackpool’s iconic collection of illuminated heritage trams will parade along the promenade for the first time in the tramways glorious history.

The world’s first illuminated tram parade will be staged in Blackpool this October as part of a three-day festival of free entertainment.

Great Western Illuminated train tram in Blackpool Illuminations parade

Festival@LightPool - on and around the Tower Festival Headland

Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 October. Features spectacular live entertainment between 5pm and 7pm each night.

The illuminated tram parade, featuring the battleship HMS Blackpool, the lottery funded Western Train and the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler, will set off from the Pleasure Beach tram loop at around 5pm, and will then travel along the tramway to Bispham before returning to terminate at Blackpool Pleasure Beach around 75 minutes later.

The parade will visibly slow as it approaches Blackpool Tower to give spectators an opportunity for an unmissable photo and video opportunity.

HMS Blackpool Illuminated Tram

For those who want to be a part of the parade, there will be a limited number of tickets available for visitors to travel on the trams during the parade.

Tickets are just £8 adult, £4 child or £20 for a family of 4.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone on 01253 209521 or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com (transactions include a £1 booking fee). Please say that you saw it here!

Once the parade is over, the illuminated trams will be running as normal, tickets for these tours are on a first come, first served basis and you must queue at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach tram stop on the night.

Three-day Festival@LightPool 

On all three nights, visitors will be able to watch performances of Spark! by Worldbeaters Music – a unique and thrilling show that combines high-impact drumming, superb choreography and stunning lighting design.

Visitors will also be able to see for the first time in Blackpool, the incredible talents of AFISHAL. He will perform live his own re-mixes of commercial dance tracks using specially-engineered drums. Not only will you be able to hear the music, but you will also see it “projected” on the front of The Blackpool Tower buildings. It is a show that is not to be missed!

The three day event will be complemented by the free 3D LightPool shows which will be projected on to the front of The Blackpool Tower building throughout Illuminations season between September 1 and November 5.

This year’s LightPool projections will be launched in the w/c September 4 and will feature five individual shows including the three headline shows – Down the Rabbit Hole, Chasing Stars (featuring astronaut Tim Peake) and Enchanted Blackpool. The ideal viewing area to watch the shows is the Comedy Carpet – the area of the Promenade in front of The Blackpool Tower. 

Bryan Lindop, Head of Heritage at Blackpool Transport said, “The Illuminated Feature Trams are entirely unique to Blackpool and although they run throughout the illuminations every year, we have never tackled the challenge of operating them all together in convoy before. The opportunity to work in partnership with VisitBlackpool and achieve another amazing first for our wonderful resort was just too exciting an opportunity to miss.

“Every year, the Lightpool Festival gets even more dynamic and spectacular and my team and I are proud to be taking part. Tickets for the processional tour are likely to sell fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment.” 

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Heritage Tram Rides

You can enjoy a Blackpool Heritage Tram ride on the promenade every weekend until November, the timetable is below.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, promenade timetable

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!

Blackpool Heritage Tram

Read on for details of different ticketing options - whether you want a ride there and back just for the experience, or would like to hop on and off throughout the day. 

DOWNLOAD a copy of this timetable here

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours timetables here

 

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Brush car 630 to visit Blackpool for 'Brush 80'! Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum is to loan it’s Blackpool ‘Railcoach’ 630 to Blackpool Transport for their 80th Anniversary of the ‘Brush Railcoach trams’ taking place on 23rd and 24th September 2017. The loan to Blackpool Transport will see all the currently operational ‘Brush’ tramcars in one place for their Anniversary, and it will remain in Blackpool over the winter. The extended stay will help give Crich Tramway Village extra space to move their trams around, while they embark on an ambitious Depot Refurbishment project, which will see improvements to the current buildings in which to store their Designated Tramcar Collection. Since its introduction in 1937, Blackpool 630 tramcar has undergone a radical transformation since it was ordered from Brush & Co. of Loughborough, following the closure of the adjoining Lytham St. Annes tramway in 1937. Originally the inside of the Brush tramcars were considered to be the most luxurious trams ever built for British Tramways, with cushioned seating, heaters, clock and ‘alhambrinal’ ceiling panels housing ornate concealed lighting. However, most of the ‘Railcoaches’ were modified over time, altering their external appearance and resulting in a more utilitarian and bus-like interior. Number 630 continued in service until 2011, when it was withdrawn and repainted by Blackpool Transport Services in an authentic green and cream livery, before being transferred and becoming part of the operational fleet at The National Tramway Museum in Crich. Curator at Crich Tramway Village, Laura Waters, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Blackpool Transport again and to have 630 as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Brush Railcoaches. We are very grateful to Blackpool Transport for helping with the extended loan through to 2018, as it will give us more flexibility with moving the tramcar collection around this winter, as we carry out the refurbishment work on the depots.” James Millington, Blackpool Transport's Heritage Fleet Manager, said: “Thanks are due to the team at Crich for their generosity and willingness to allow tram 630 to revisit its old home town for its 80th birthday. 630 represents an important phase in the development of the type, and as well as use on Heritage tours it will play an integral role in our 'Brush 80' celebrations on 23/24 September.”

 

 

623 and 715 today!

 

 

Brush Car 623 and Balloon 715 are today's Heritage Tour trams.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

Enjoy a "Ghostly Experience" with your host, Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer. Tours will start from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at 1930 and go all the way to Fleetwood and back, lasting around 2 hours. See poster for full details.

 

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