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Getting to St Annes is fairly easy
It’s well served by main roads and public transport and is a fairly direct route into St Annes town centre by road from the main motorway network. Both from Blackpool and from Preston. Carry on reading this page for some general directions.
The tram service on the Fylde Coast ends at Starr Gate at the southern edge of Blackpool, and from there you can pick up the bus service to travel into St Annes. There are stops right in the centre of town, making it really easy to get around for both locals and visitors.
St Annes has its own railway station, just off the main shopping centre of St Annes Road West. It’s on the Blackpool South to Preston railway line and like most of the others in the area it’s a Victorian station. It opened in 1876, just one year after the resort of St Annes had started to be built. Trains run from the station between Blackpool South and Colne.
Getting to St Annes by Car
For the majority of visitors to St Annes by car, there are three main routes into the area:
Getting to St Annes Along the promenade from Blackpool
Drive in a straight line along the promenade road from Squires Gate at the southern end of Blackpool, with the sea on your right.
At Squires Gate itself you’ll pass the new tram depot against the coastline. After the adjacent main intersection you are on Clifton Drive North, the main road straight into St Annes. On your right are the huge sand dunes between the main road and the sea.
The next main intersection of Clifton Drive into St Annes main shopping street (St Annes Rd West) is an unmissable left turn. Or turn right here to arrive at the pier and adjacent beach.
Getting to St Annes From the M55 main motorway network
Follow the M55 to the end and a grassy roundabout surrounded by car dealerships. Turn left here to travel along a main bypass road which is the A5230/Progress Way – from here you have two choices:
- The ‘scenic route’ along the seafront. Continue along Progress Way without turning off, which then becomes Squires Gate Lane. You’ll see the sea in front of you when you get to the coast at a T junction. Just to the right is the Blackpool tram depot. Turn left here and follow the promenade road (Clifton Drive North) to St Annes along the seafront.
- Or, turn left off the bypass at the main junction sign posted for the A5261/Lytham and then right. (If you see McDonalds/Morrisons you’ve gone too far). Follow the signs to St Annes which brings you to the top end of town. Follow the signs to the seafront.
Getting to St Annes From Warton/Preston
Lytham, and then St Annes, can also be approached from the A583 and Preston/Kirkham and Wesham.
Turn off the A583/Blackpool Road onto the A584/Preston New Road. Follow the main road through Freckleton and Warton until you reach Lytham Green from the south, with the sea on your left. From the junction of the A583/584 it’s a 7 mile route to Lytham of around 20 minutes.
Continue along the main road, following the signs for St Annes. You can take a detour along the coast road and past Fairhaven Lake, turning right into St Annes at the pier. Or stick with the main road which will bring you to the centre of town and the main traffic lights against Marks and Spencer Simply Food. The shops are right at this junction and the pier/beach are left.
There is free on-street parking at St Annes along the side streets. There is pay and display parking bays in front of the shops of St Annes Road West.
There is a small NCP multi-storey car park, and parking for customers in the Sainsbury’s supermarket car park. Both are accessed from St Georges Road.
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