In pictures: Blackpool beach through time
With its soaring tower, Punch and Judy shows and popular donkey rides, in the late 19th and 20th centuries Blackpool beach became one of the country's most popular seaside excursions
The construction of railways in the Victorian period meant days out to the seaside became more accessible for people from all parts of Britain: a weekend at the beach was ideal for those looking to enjoy a short holiday.
Blackpool Tower first opened to the public in 1894, and has since become an iconic tourist attraction. Along with its cockles and whelks stalls, buckets and spades and seaside entertainers, Blackpool was seen as the idyllic – and a largely affordable – getaway for families and couples throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Here, we look at Blackpool beach through the decades…