Thornton-Cleveleys Tourist Information

Thornton and Cleveleys situated around 4 miles north along the coastline from Blackpool are two locations. Cleveleys is a charming seaside town with a bustling centre and pretty, peaceful promenade flanked by small shops and cosy cafes. Just inland sits Thornton with a beautifully restored old Tower Mill and surrounding craft village. Blackpool Tram services connect Cleveleys to central attractions, making it easy to dip into the Bright Lights of the resort.

The area is a real ‘getaway from it all’ bordering the award-winning Wyre Estuary Country Park, a popular spot for walking and birdwatching with a designated family area containing a children’s playground and onsite cafe. Cleveley’s beach is award-winning with its miles of golden sands, famous sunsets and stunning strolling promenade dotted with unique modern sculptures.

Marsh Mills Windmill in Thornton

Marsh Mills Windmill in Thornton

Things to do & see

Enchanting attractions feature on the northern edge of Blackpool in the Wyre area. Take in a show, live music gig or film at the Thornton Little Theatre and don’t miss a visit to the Grade II Listed Marsh Mill. At over 70 feet, the windmill is Europe’s tallest and you can take a guided tour up to the top for a small fee. A package of attractions are here including an information centre and gift shop, exhibitions and events through the year, a tearoom and inn, and a village shopping centre with a great selection of specialist shops.

The Thornton-Cleveleys area is famed for its accessible promenade and country park. The network of paths in the local Wyre Estuary Country Park are all accessible to disabled visitors and afford magnificent views of the estuary and River Wyre. This is a real family friendly park too featuring a special Children’s Natural Play area with adventure playground.

There are some fantastic bistro and brasserie style restaurants around Cleveleys with a Mediterranean flavour, and don’t miss a visit to award-winning Thornton Fisheries who have 50 years of experience behind them and serve up some of the best fish and chips you are likely to taste in the UK!

Getting here

With Blackpool tram services running all the way the Cleveleys and easy access off the M6/ Junction 32 via the A6 Garstang Road, Thornton-Cleveleys is accessible by car and public transport. Bus services are excellent, running regularly between Cleveleys Park and bus station to Blackpool town centre.

Where to stay

Unique small hotels and stylish holiday apartments are widely available in peaceful, picturesque Thornton-Cleveleys. Many of the hotels feature in-house brasserie style restaurants and beautiful function suites ideal for conference and wedding events. Quality apartment and holiday flat accommodation is plentiful in the area, offering flexibility, and just inland around the Wyre Estuary Country Park you’ll find award-winning rural holiday parks.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.