About The Winter Gardens Blackpool

Blackpool Winter Gardens first opened to the public on 11 July 1878, with a lavish ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of London and Mayors and Mayoresses from 68 towns throughout the country. The Winter Gardens has entertained hordes of crowds in Blackpool in its collection of theatres, ballrooms, exhibition halls and public spaces. Since opening in 1878, the venue’s aspirations have continued to mirror the development of Blackpool as a friendly seaside resort and as the town grew in popularity throughout the century, the venue’s wide range of entertainment has developed with it.

One of the UK’s biggest theatres, the Winter Gardens Opera House, has seen a cast of thousands tread its boards since it first opened in 1939. With almost a 3,000 seat capacity, the splendour of the venue oozes sophistication and character as it boasts unforgettable performances year after year.

Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Hope have all graced the Opera House stage, and more recently, the likes of Little Mix, Bob Dylan, Peter Kay and One Direction have performed to sell-out audiences here.


There are two main public entrances to the Blackpool Winter Gardens – these are at Church Street from St John’s Square and from Coronation Street, opposite the Houndshill Centre.

Venues within the building are on multiple levels.

If entering the building from Church Street access to the public areas is at street level. Lifts are then available to access the first floor function rooms, upper levels of the Opera House and the Empress Ballroom and also the Olympia exhibition hall or to exit onto Coronation Street.

If you’re entering from the Coronation Street entrance a lift from the street level is available which can be found to the left of the entrance. Lifts are then available to access the public areas, the first floor function rooms, upper levels of the Opera House and the Empress Ballroom and also the Olympia exhibition hall.

If you have any questions regarding access to the Winter Gardens please contact us prior to your visit.

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Public toilets, including for those visitors with limited mobility, are available within the building. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Please ask a member of staff on-site for assistance regarding the facilities available or contact us prior to your visit.

The management of Blackpool Winter Gardens request all visitors to respect the surroundings and the comfort of others:

  • Roller skates, bicycles etc are not permitted within the building.
  • With the exception of assistance dogs, animals are not permitted within the building.
  • The Opera House is a seated venue and wherever possible all patrons should remain seated during performances however for concert performances within the venue standing is permitted.
  • Photography, video and audio recording are not permitted at any performance within the building without prior consent of the venue and/or the event promoter.
  • Hot ‘take-away’ food is not permitted within the Opera House or Empress Ballroom – snacks including cold food and hot drinks are permitted.
  • To comply with licencing regulations only alcohol purchased on the premises may be consumed and only in the designated areas.
  • Please follow any instructions relating to areas of reserved seating or restricted access during all events.
  • Management reserve the right to refuse admission to any visitor.

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