If travelling by train you'll almost certainly arrive at Blackpool North station, which is a good 25 minute walk from the ground. Blackpool South station is actually quite a bit closer, but trains to there are very infrequent and it's basically only an option for anyone travelling from one of the stations on the line from Colne. The number 11 bus will take you from Blackpool North to the ground. They run every 15 minutes and the journey time is 15 minutes, so you may as well just walk it!
If you're driving over then I would forget about the car parks around the ground. Much better is street parking on Bloomfield, between Park Road (B5360) and Ansdell Road (B5261). Not only will you get away quickly after the game, it's also pretty convenient for the recommended pub.
Blackpool is pretty much a desert when it comes to pubs. This is hardly surprising the clientele that they predominately cater for. There are however two good really good pubs in Blackpool, and the good news is that one of them is only a 15 minute walk from the ground! It's the Saddle Inn, and it's my recommended pub for everyone, whether travelling to Blackpool by train or by car. Getting to the Saddle from the station isn't easy though (a 25 minute walk, or the no 4 bus - every 20 minutes with a journey time of just under 20 minutes), so taxis look like the best bet. The Saddle has a good range of hand-pulled beers, as well as an extensive food menu. And there's a beer garden in the event that the weather's decent!
The best alternatives to the Saddle are probably:
- Pump & Truncheon (good reviews)
- No 1 Bar (Working Mens Club right next to the away section, which normally allows away fans in for a fee)
- Auctioneer (Wetherspoons)
- Old Bridge House (decent reviews, was home fans only last season, but that's apparently no longer the case)
- Waterloo (good for families)
- Ramsden Arms (best option for a pint near the station)
The Manchester, on the sea-front not too far from the ground, will welcome away fans, but it's a truly awful pub. Another one to avoid is the Swift Hound. This is a Harvester, and as such you'd normally expect to be ok. However, it's been the hang-out of Blackpool's thugs ever since it was trashed by Forest fans in 2006.
All the pubs mentioned above, as well as several others, are marked on the pub map below.
Internet Ground Guide
The Football and Real Ale Guide
Tourist Office (if you want to base a short/long break around the match)
Pleasure Beach (discount available on pass if booked here)