It’s been some time since I visited Morecambe and do you know what, it’s actually quite pleasant.
If anything, I was surprised because the Morecambe I remember wasn’t so great. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the clean, friendly, accessible seaside town I found…
On the back of an enjoyable road trip along the Fylde Coast, Morecambe was our next north-west coastal destination.
It was an enjoyable day, so here are my top five reasons why you should visit Morecambe.
#1 – The Award Winning Promenade
We started our walk at the northern end of the promenade. We were treated to excellent views across Morecambe Bay to the lake district.
Access for wheelchairs on the promenade is great, it’s long, flat and uncluttered.
I think this is pretty cool, you can actually pick out the mountains in the lake district.
There’s plenty to see as you wander along the promenade. Including installations from the Tern Project and obviously the area’s most famous son, Eric Morecambe. There’s even an access ramp up to Eric!
About halfway down the promenade, underneath the clock, is a cafe and set of public toilets. There are two disabled toilets, we used a RADAR key, but I think you can also pay!
The thing I like the most about the promenade is how accessible it is. It’s easy to navigate and has breaks in any uneven surfaces for wheelchairs, prams and bikes.
#2 – The Stone Jetty
I love this jetty… it’s official.
Seriously, just when I thought Morecambe couldn’t get any better, at the end of the promenade we happened upon The Stone Jetty. And, when I saw the cutouts in the uneven surfaces, I loved it even more…
According to Visit Lancashire – Morecambe Stone Jetty, the jetty is all that is left of the original harbour. It has been transformed into a lovely walk out into the bay.
The TERN Project is a collection of award-winning public art installations which celebrates birdlife found in and around Morecambe Bay.
At the end of the jetty, is a cafe serving hot and cold food. It’s a great place to take a rest and absorb the views across the bay.
#3 – Happy Mount Park
We didn’t visit happy mount park, but I think it still deserves a mention. If you’re visiting Morecambe, especially with children, happy mount park is a must.
- Splash Park
- Swing Boats
- Adventure Playground
- Adventure Gold
- Train Rides
- and much more
For more details about what’s on, attractions and events in Happy Mount Park: Visit Happy Mount Park
#4 – The Midland Hotel
As hotels go, the Art Deco-styled Midland Hotel in Morecambe is pretty special.
We didn’t stay there (out of our budget) but it would be silly not to include it in this post. Even if you can’t stay there, still pop in for afternoon tea.
The hotel has a long and colourful history. Now a grade ll listed building, the hotel reopened in 2008 after an extensive refurbishment by Urban Splash. During the war, the hotel was used as a hospital and has also featured in Agatha Christie’s Poirot… The Midland Hotel
#5 – Accessible Tourism
Having visited many seaside towns on our travels, we’re well aware of how inaccessible they can be. But, from our perspective, the promenade and jetty in Morecambe are wheelchair heaven.
More importantly, there does seem to be a concerted effort throughout the town to make it accessible to everyone, for that Morecambe should be commended.
The best compliment we can pay Morecambe is to encourage you to visit…
Morecambe has still got a few things to sort out, but it’s well on its way to becoming a vibrant seaside town again.
If you’re on a budget, especially with children in tow, Morecambe is a great place to visit.
Morecambe has everything you need for a perfect day at the seaside, and the town isn’t over commercialised which means a day out needn’t cost a fortune.
As an accessible destination, Morecambe is easy to navigate, generally flat and designed with access in mind. Please support Morecambe by visiting.
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