Sacred Heart Church: A hidden gem in the heart of Blackpool

by | Aug 8, 2022 | Explore Blackpool

Blackpool offers an abundance of attractions such as the famous tower, pleasure beach, amusement parks, piers, promenades, casinos, and more. However, if you’re seeking a break from the overwhelming funfair and want to discover a hidden gem in Blackpool, consider visiting Sacred Heart Church. With its stunning architecture, rich history, and welcoming community, this sacred place serves as a haven for locals and visitors seeking solace and connection.

As you make your way into the town centre from North Pier, you will come across a charming Victorian building along the route. Its exterior may appear as a simple religious structure, but step inside and you will be greeted by stunning Gothic Revival architecture. This beautiful Grade II listed building, constructed in 1857, holds the distinction of being the first Roman Catholic church in Blackpool. Its impressive spire, intricate stained-glass windows, and intricate stone carvings make it a true gem amidst the bustling seaside town.

Sacred Heart Church, Blackpool

Photo by Anoop Singh

Every nook and cranny of the church is a testament to the craftsmanship and devotion of the architects and artisans involved in its creation. The original chapel was designed by Edward Pugin, the son of the renowned architect Augustus Welby Pugin. One of the highlights is the breathtaking roof lantern, a true architectural gem. This lantern sits atop the cross and reaches a height of 32 meters with a diameter of 6 meters. The building itself features brick construction with stone cladding, offering a visually pleasing design. The stone facade and slate roof also present excellent opportunities for photography enthusiasts.

The church is a small building, and it will not take you long to look around. As an active place of worship, it’s definitely worth a visit while strolling along Talbot Street in Blackpool. After spending time in contemplation and prayer, take a stroll along the vibrant Promenade, indulge in traditional fish and chips, or immerse yourself in the excitement of the North Pier.

Sacred Heart Church is conveniently located just an 11-minute walk from Bluewaters Hotel. Book your stay with us and delve into all that Blackpool has to offer. The hotel has sea-view rooms, a luxury sea-view lounge, a games room, an in-house restaurant, and a well-stocked bar that plays live entertainment throughout the main season. Learn more: www.aghotels.co.uk/bluewaters-hotel/

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