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- Ideally situated on Blackpool's South Promenade between the South and Central Piers
- Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Water Park are less than 10 minutes walk
- Indoor swimming Pool, Sauna and Gymnasium
- Intimate bar
- Magnificent Theatre Bar with entertainment most evenings
- Foyer Bar with pool table
- Large air conditioned restaurant with a dance floor and stage
- Tower Suite suitable for functions including weddings and conferences
- Games room
- Sun lounge facing the sea
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Two modern lifts serve most rooms (a few additional stairs to rooms in the rear wing)
- All 111 bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, internal telephone, hair dryer and TV with radio channels
- All bedrooms have bath or shower and WC
- Central heating throughout
- Entire hotel, including all bedrooms, is a no smoking area
- Extensive car and coach parking - free to residents
- Extensive lounges and bar areas
- Magnificent Theatre Bar where entertainment is provided most evenings
- Intimate cocktail bar
- Foyer Bar with pool table
- Games room
- Large sun lounge overlooking the Promenade
- Two lifts serve all floors
- Check in from 16:00. Check out by 11:00. Additional charges apply where earlier check in or late check out are required
- Note for clients with mobility impairment. This hotel does not have any ground floor rooms. There are two modern lifts which are large enough for a wheelchair and serve all floors but some of the rear rooms are only accessible by a flight of stairs from the lift level and there is also a slight change of level on the main corridor
- Our large air conditioned restaurant normally seats 200 people but can also be configured to provide a dance floor and stage
- Breakfast: We provide a waiter served breakfast from 08:00 to 09:30 with last orders at 09:00
- Lunch: We offer bar snacks in the Bar at lunch time. Lunch is also available in the restaurant for pre-booked parties.
- Dinner: We provide a waiter served table d’hote dinner from 18:30 to 20:00 with last orders at 19:15
- Special Diets: A selection of vegetarian options is available on the dinner menu. For a more efficient service we recommend these are requested in advance of the meal. Special diets can also be catered for on request; we ask that you contact us at least seven days prior to arrival and provide a diet sheet.
- To see our current menu, please follow this link.
- 111 bedrooms on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors (there are no ground floor rooms)
- 38 double rooms, 29 twin rooms, 27 single rooms, 2 rooms with three single beds, 14 rooms with a double and a single bed and 1 room with a double and two single beds
- Two lifts serves all floors but some rooms at the rear of the building are only accessible via a short flight of stairs from the lift level
- We have 41 rooms with excellent sea views
- All rooms have central heating but we do not have any rooms with air conditioning
- All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and Freeview TV with radio channels
- All rooms have a telephone for communication with other rooms and hotel services and receiving incoming calls (but we do not have an outbound direct dial service)
- All bathrooms are equipped with a bath or shower and WC. Most rooms have a shower rather than a bath; if you have a strong preference for one or the other, please tell us when you make your booking because we are often fully booked and it can be difficult to change rooms on arrival
- Cots can be provided on request in any room type except single rooms
- Ironing facilities are available from reception
- Smoking is prohibited in all of our bedrooms
- We do not provide room service in normal circumstances
Blackpool is one of the largest towns in North West England and for 150 years its name has been synonymous with lively seaside holidays. In 1879 it became the first town in the world to have electric street lighting and the results of its pioneering use of electricity can still be seen today in its famous trams and of course the Illuminations which take place annually, normally from the last Friday in August to the first Sunday in November.
Few resorts anywhere in the world can rival Blackpool. The world famous Tower, modelled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is 158m high and has an extensive entertainment complex at its base including the Tower Ballroom. The magnificent Grand Theatre offers an eclectic mix of drama, dance, opera, ballet and comedy including a yearly pantomime. The Winter Gardens includes the Opera House (one of the largest theatres in Europe), Pavilion Theatre and Empress Ballroom. There are three piers, miles of golden sands, the spectacular Pleasure Beach with its breath taking 'white knuckle' rides, atmospheric trams, horse drawn carriages, Punch and Judy shows, Sealife Centre, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks, a Zoo Park, an Art Gallery - Blackpool has them all!
Whatever you choose to do by day, make sure to save some energy for the evening and sample the terrific summer shows, lively bars and pubs, for it is at night that Blackpool really stands out as the most exciting of all Britain's resorts.
Inland from the promenade, Blackpool boasts a good range of shops as well as traditional hostelries and quality restaurants. Much of the town centre has now been pedestrianised and the indoor shopping centre at Hounds' Hill is centrally situated for those looking for a little retail therapy. There is also a range of indoor markets to be found dotted around town.
Blackpool's beaches are clean, safe and iseal for bathing. Wander along three miles of golden sands, or visit one of Blackpool's three piers. Blackpool's North Pier offers big name entertainment, whilst the South Pier has giant sculptures and other eye-catching artwork. Central Pier is geared towards families with a range of amusements, fairground rides and family friendly showbars. Visitors wishing to escape the buzz of the seafront should head to Stanley Park, which is designed around a central Italian garden and boasts an 18 hole golf course, 5,000 seat cricket ground and large lake.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Tel:0870 444 5566
Over 42 acres of stalls, side shows and rides from traditional merry-go-rounds to thrilling white-knuckle rollercoasters.
Madame Tussaud’s Blackpool
Five floors of life size models including themes such as 'Rock & Pop', 'Hollywood' and 'Royalty'. Visitors can also see how the models are created in the workshop.
Sea Life Centre
Experience close encounters with an amazing array of marine and freshwater creatures, including rays, seahorses and Europe's largest collection of sharks.
Tel:01253 830 830
Award-winning attraction which provides a home for more than 1,500 animals from around the world.
Home to a range of attractions including the world-famous Ballroom with its mighty Wurlitzer organ and the Jurassic 3D Cinema.
Blackpool Grand Theatre
Box Office Tel:01253 290111
Designed in 1894, the 1,100 seat theatre presents a wide range of performing arts, from opera and ballet to stand-up comedy.
Grundy Art Gallery
A beautiful Edwardian style art gallery with exhibitions including historical, modern and contemporary art.
The UK's largest indoor waterpark, with spectacular slides, flumes and wavepools.
From September to early November, Blackpool stages the greatest free light show on earth with hundreds of illuminated displays decorating the promenade.
Showzam! takes place in February when Blackpool comes alive with a myriad of world class performances and highly acclaimed entertainers appearing at venues throughout the town.
The award-winning circus has been entertaining audiences for over a century.
Blackpool Dance Festival
Running for more than 80 years, the festival attracts dancers from all over the world.
Blackpool Air Show takes place in August and includes a display by the world famous Red Arrows. This event is free of charge.
Blackpool Winter Gardens
Europe's second largest theatre complex consists of 12 self-contained venues which offer a range of year round events and productions.
Blackpool Fireworks Championships
Firework manufacturers from all over the world try to outdo each other with stunning pyrotechnic displays.
Fylde Folk Festival is a spectacular presentation of song and dance, held in the first week of September.
For a comprehensive programme of events see: www.visitblackpool.com
Southport is the perfect destination for a day out, with beautiful beaches, delightful public gardens, outstanding shops and a mouth-watering array of restaurants.
In complete contrast to its lively neighbour, Lytham-St Annes offers a beautifully restored Victorian pier, peaceful parks, tranquil gardens, half-timbered houses and a unique air of traditionalism. There are facilities for tennis and bowls at Lowther Gardens, plus the internationally famous golf links.
Ribble Valley consists of some of the loveliest countryside in the north west, dotted with historic towns and villages such as award-winning Chipping, with its 17th century school and almshouses and the ancient riverside village of Ribchester, with its Roman remains and artefacts.
Skipton is a magnificent historic town, with good shopping and one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country.
Clitheroe is an ancient market town in the heart of Lancashire. The 12th century castle is one of the oldest buildings in the county and its keep believed to be the second smallest in Britain. Clitheroe is also well known for its plethora of specialist shops and thrice-weekly markets which have taken place since Norman times.
Lancaster has a superbly preserved medieval castle where visitors can learn about the prisoners who were held there and the regime under which they lived. There is excellent shopping in the town centre and plenty of friendly pubs and cafés.
Cleveleys is situated a few miles along the coast from Blackpool and though smaller and more compact than its neightbour it offers visitors a wealth of seaside attractions. Its brand new, award winning promenade sits alongside miles of golden sands and there is a wealth of shops, pavement cafés and an attractive seafront park.
Fleetwood is unique in that it is the only town in Britain with three lighthouses, two of which are still operational. Other attractions include Fleetwood Museum and a popular market, one of the oldest in Lancashire.
Preston is set in the heart of Lancashire and is the Uk's newest city. Its modern, vibrant facade is backed by a history spanning almost a thousand years, which is evident in its hundreds of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and numerous museums. Home to a modern university, diverse arts scene, excellent choice of pubs and restaurants and superb shopping, the city appeals to people of all ages.
Forest of Bowland offers a diverse range of attractions. Beacon Fell Visitor's Centre offers relaxing walks and nature trails, or drop in to one of Bowland's many pubs or village cafés for a refreshing drink.
The Queens Hotel, (formerly Queens Hydro), South Shore, Blackpool
In 1855 the College Francais was established as a private school in West House, South Shore, Blackpool. The college was on the corner of Bolton Street and Waterloo Road and had been established by two French brothers, Isador Eugene Sanceau and Constant Auguste Sanceau.
Circa 1860 the college moved about 200 metres to larger premises overlooking the sea on the South Shore and next door to Albert Terrace. It has not been possible at this stage to ascertain if the building was new or had been built some years before.
In 1869 the building was taken over by Isaac Gregory F.R.G.S. (Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society) and he established the Merchants’ College. Isaac, his family, servants, assistants and pupils can be found on the 1871 census living at 1 Rawcliffe Street, which of course was the premises of the college.
Isaac’s wife, Jane Ann died in 1876 and a year or so later he remarried. However Isaac himself died suddenly in 1880. He was 60 years of age. His new wife closed the college and the contents were sold off. However in 1881 two of Isaac’s sons, Thomas and Bertrand re-opened the college at 10 Rutland Gate, Claremont Park which were premises further along the promenade.
Circa 1882 the college re-opened as the ‘South Shore Hydropathic Establishment’. Fourteen years later in 1896 a court case involving the resident doctor, Dr Kingsbury, a well-known figure in Blackpool and one time mayor, could well have triggered the sale of the establishment as it reopened in 1898 after being enlarged and refurbished. At the time of the court case a ‘S. Horrocks’ was described as the new owner and it looks though he took over in early 1894 as a newspaper ads from February 1894 then refer to ‘Under new management’.
The court case took place on Friday 28th February 1896 and reference is made to ‘S Horrocks’ but there is no indication that he was in court. As a twist to the whole matter it looks as though Mr Horrocks died on 25th February which was just 3 days before the court case. Certainly a Samuel Horrocks died in Blackpool on 25th February and he left £15,708 11s 6d which in today’s money is around £1.5 million! He lived at 76 Whithnell Road which is around half a mile from the Queens Hotel. On the 1891 census he can be found aged 60 living in his home town of Oldham and described as a ‘retired publican’. Is this the man who once owned the Queens Hotel?
In November 1896 the London Gazette published details of the ‘South Shore Hydropathic Establishment’ going into liquidation. James Howarth, George C. Kingsbury [the doctor!], George Stewart and James Fish were appointed as a Committee of Inspection to fix the numeration of the Liquidator, James Blane [chartered accountant].
Evidence is sketchy but it looks as though two wealthy brothers, James and David Kemp, who had made their money in the cotton manufacturing industry then bought the old South Shore Hydro and reopened it in 1898 as the Queen’s Hydro. Certainly advertisements started to appear in the local newspapers in 1899 under the name ‘Queen’s Hydro’. Curiously in the 1901 census the name remained as the ‘South Shore Hydro’ but clearly it is one and the same place. Perhaps it was still known locally as the South Shore Hydro despite its recent name change? On the same census David Kemp and his family can be found living at ‘The Towers’ which was a house next door to the Queen’s Hydro.
In 1899 the London Gazette published details of a Thomas Bayne ceasing to be a partner in the South Shore Hydropathic Establishment. That left James and Richard Kemp as the two partners. Thomas Bayne (not to be confused with the chartered accountant Thomas Blane of Blackpool) was a woollen manufacturer from Burnley. He was born in Yorkshire c. 1850 and died in 1921 leaving £23,113 16s which equates to around £1 million in todays’ money.
Sadly James Kemp died in 1901 and his brother a year later. It’s unclear if the Queen’s Hydro remained in the Kemp family ownership but James’ son, William Robert Kemp, described as a cotton manufacturer, can be found on the 1911 census staying at the hotel.
So it remained as the Queen’s Hydro until 1982 when the name was changed to the Queen’s Hotel.
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