Fleetwood in Lancashire is a popular seaside town with a strong Victorian heritage. It was the first planned town of the Victorian era and the beautiful Victorian architecture is still one of the town’s main attractions. Today Fleetwood is a great destination for families, who come here to enjoy the fine sea views, play on the beach, and eat ice cream. The town has a long stretch of golden sand and enjoys a scenic location where the River Wye meets the Irish Sea. There are lots of amenities for people of all ages, and if you want a fun day out or a relaxing family-friendly break in a quaint Victorian seaside resort, Fleetwood has a lot to offer.
Fleetwood town centre has undergone some major renovation works in recent years, with various attractions being the subject of improvement schemes to restore local landmarks to their former glory.
Visit the Memorial Park
Memorial Park has been restored to how it would have looked during the early 1900s. Memorial Park is a Grade II listed monument that commemorates the First World War. The park is steeped in local history and there are lots of features that tell the story of locals and their personal war history. Kids will love the lily pond and there is plenty of wildlife to look out for.
Marine Hall Theatre and Gardens
The Marine Hall theatre and gardens have also had something of a facelift. Marine Hall is on the seafront. Throughout the year, the hall is the local venue for live music, theatre and comedy nights, and at Christmas, you can visit the Christmas Market and buy some lovely arts, crafts and delicious local food and drink. The Marine Gardens have a pitch and putt and a children’s playground for younger visitors.
The Observation Tower
The Rossall Point Observation Tower is located along the seafront between Fleetwood and Rossall. The tower has two observation decks and a ground floor gallery. Enjoy the views, do a bit of bird watching, and learn more about the local wildlife. There is also a serious of commissioned artworks made from natural materials, which are on display throughout the building.
The Mount is an iconic landmark in Fleetwood. It is a seven acre park constructed on a huge sand dune. On a clear evening during the summer, you can see the Isle of Man more than 60 miles away if you climb up to the 113 year-old Pavilion on the summit, but on any fine day the views are spectacular. The Mount has Grade II listed gardens, which are in the process of being restored. Pathways are being repaired and benches added.
Fleetwood is famous for its shopping opportunities. The town centre has lots of gift shops and high street stores. Fleetwood Market is a huge covered market with more than 250 stores selling everything from food and drink to fashion and bric-a-brac, but if you want to truly indulge in a spot of retail therapy, you should visit Fleetwood Freeport, a waterfront outlet shopping centre just outside of the town.