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The County of Lancashire is in a most advantageous spot in England, with the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales running down its eastern flank, the Lake District falling on its northern boundary and the Irish Sea running down its western side. Major rivers flow over its coastal plain to the sea and in between is the Forest of Bowland another area of natural beauty waiting for exploration.
The major towns are to the south of the County where once there were hundreds of textile mills and collieries.
Lancashire is also known for its red symbol the Red Rose of Lancaster which refers back to the War of the Roses in the 15th century and it gave the UK one of its traditional stews - the Lancashire Hotpot.
Since Victorian times Blackpool has been the holiday centre for the north of England and the industrial holidays in the textile mills of Lancashire saw a massive influx of people looking for entertainment and relaxation - a change from the harshness of their working lives.
Blackpool has moved with the times and has changed to meet the needs of its visitors but it still provides good reasonably-priced accommodation and entertainment which is why it is still Britain's most popular resort.
In Autumn, the famous "Illuminations" provide a further boost to the tourist trade and early evening sees queues of vehicles travelling slowly (very slowly) along the seafront to see this annual spectacle.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach - the biggest single tourist attraction in the UK draws over 6 million visitors each year. This is home to several traditional wooden rollercoaster's (real rollercoaster's) of which The Grand National is the most famous world-wide.Read More