Lytham St Annes
Lytham and its larger neighbour St Annes are something of an antithesis to nearby Blackpool. Generally grouped together as ‘Lytham St Annes’, these two seaside resorts belong to a quieter and more genteel age and as such they are more popular with senior holidaymakers.
Lytham St Annes has much to offer the discerning traveller but if you are into loud entertainment, round-the-clock bars and amusements, then you’re better off in Blackpool itself. This laid-back resort is the perfect place to unwind and relax, the stunning views over the Irish Sea complementing the attractive Edwardian architecture of the twin towns.
Easily reached from Blackpool by car or bus (the tram has yet to reach Lytham St Annes), St Annes itself is the larger of the two resorts and even boasts a pier which can be accessed during daylight hours. There is a wide expanse of sandy beach here which is always uncrowded whatever the weather, while just along the coast towards Lytham there is the ever-popular Fairhaven Lake with free parking, tennis courts, boat hire, ice cream can and even a full-size replica Spitfire on a pole.
Lytham’s waterfront is dominated by the attractive windmill, restored to its present excellent condition in 1989 and complete with sails. The stunning Lytham Hall is within walking distance of Lytham town centre and is situated in 78 acres of beautiful parkland.
While Lytham St Annes is far quieter than nearby Blackpool, there is still an abundance of bars and restaurants within the town. There are a handful on the seafront but in general these are located in the town centres of both towns which is close to the promenade.
For those in search of a relaxing break, then Lytham St Annes is the perfect destination. Close to Blackpool, this is a world away from the brashness of its more popular and louder neighbour.