The Eiffel tower stands an impressive 986 feet tall in the centre of Paris. Blackpool's effort tops out at just over 500 feet.
Blackpool's was inspired by the piece of Gallic flair, but unlike the French affair they filled the inside of Blackpool's with populist rubbish. The Menagarie of a 100 years ago may have gone with various exotic animals squeezed in, but now you will find various play area, aquariums, shows and dark rides.
The Highlights of visiting tower still remain (as it ever was) the trip to the top and a visit to the incredibly ornate and over-the-top ballroom. It is now a listed structure, and is well known to generations of TV viewers when it is used to host ballroom dancing competitions. I understand that you can view the room from an upper balcony, but only at certain times.
The tower works on the 'theme park' principle, as you can pay an 'all-in' fee (approx 50 quid !) to get into everything on site or about 12 quid (9 for children) just for the tower itself. A trip to the tower includes a short 4D film (quite good actually) the lift to the top and as much time at the top as you want. The top of the tower also features a 'skywalk' which is basically a piece of glass beneath your feat. Probably scary if you are about five years old. Good discounts are available if you pre-book tickets online.
Along 'the front' in Blackpool, there are many arcades. These are places that offer mechanical games (for a cost) for anybody to use.
You can win toys, money and tickets that you can exchange for toys and games.
It is true that you could end up spending a small forture in one of these places, it's also true that you don't have to spend as much as you may think. The cheapest game is 2p (£0.02) per go.
The biggest arcade I know in Blackpool is Coral Island. There is a variety of games aswell as prize bingo and betting on the outcome of a toy horse race. There is a fish & chip resturant and place to buy drinks and snacks.
Blackpool pleasure beach is a theme park located on the south shore of Blackpool. There are over 40 rides at the Pleasure beach the most famous being The Avalanche (bob sleigh type roller coaster), Infusion (fast loop de loop rollercoaster - formally the traumatiser from Southport), The big dipper (old ride) and the most famous The big one (also known as the Pepsi Max). There is also Nickelodeon land which is a special section of rides for toddlers and young children.
The Big One (Pepsi Max) is the tallest ride in Europe and had to have special lights at the peak so aeroplanes could see it in the night. It is a great ride but not for those who are scared of heights! The ride stops for a split second as it reaches the highest peak and you can see the most fantastic views of the beach and the whole of Blackpool, it is the best part of the ride!
The entrance fees to the pleasure beach change all the time so it is impossible to write in the tip the entrance price. It is always better if you are able to book online as you usually get some discount. Price ranges between £15-25 per person for a wristband if booked online and between £25-35 for a wristband if you pay on arrival. In the months leading up the winter when the park closes they sometimes have special weekends where the price is £10-£15 per person when booked online but this is usually when the weather is very bad. The wristbands can not be removed until you leave the park to go home because once they are taken off they are void. The wristbands have a barcode on them and when you queue up for a ride you scan the wristband on the scanner.
Opening times also do vary, I have put the website below so please check when you book.
Food and drink can be bought at the theme park, they can be quite expensive but you are able to leave and re-enter the park as many times as you want in the day if you would like to go out for lunch or take a break from the rides.
Included in the wristband price you can also watch ice shows that are performed in the ice arena, they take place at certain times in the day and you can pick up a leaflet from the entrance hall if you are interested in watching one of the shows.
In the entrance to the park there is now airport style security type metal detectors and your bag may also be searched.
The pleasure beach has a car park which costs £9.00 and you can leave your car there until midnight. There are some other car parks a little further away which are cheaper but you usually have to be back in the car for a certain time.
We walked all the way from the North Pier to the South one. Nearby is the South Beach area and Blackpool's Pleasure Beach. Neither we visited the Pleasure Beach nor explored South Pier. We just hung around a bit and took photos of the area. We saw one of the roller coasters in action and heard the excitement and screaming from those who dared to ride!
I understand the South Pier is the youngest of the three piers (built in 1893) and offers a variety of fairground attractions for the family and also big rides on par with Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
I once went to Blackpool Pleasure Beach when I was a kid and this is where Nan took me on a children's ride. It was an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme ride but don't think it's there anymore. Please check out further information on the website for what rides and shows are available.
I enjoyed very much the look of the city, with the small houses all alike in most streets, and a few buildings reminding the old times when it was a privileged destination, but always with clever proportions
I don't know how many small houses became a hotel, but, without counting, I saw much more than one hundred.
My room was so small that it seemed a doll's room, and, by the external image, that must be the standard, in those door after door hotels. Funny!
Several people recommended the circus as one of Blackpool's highlights. I dragged the group to the entrance, but the prices frightened the students, the women used the need to make them company to replace the tower by shopping (what a sacrifice!) and... I was alone. I visited the ballroom, but had no guts to go alone to the circus. Maybe next time, but... It is not a priority. The ballroom... oh, the ballroom!
Dance was the reason that took me to Blackpool, and dance will be the reason to return, if it will happen.
The city is nice, but it's seen, and it shows no other strong reason to attract me than... I should have danced in the fabulous ballroom in the tower, but Fernanda didn't follow me in (shopping... you know!).
I must dance in the tower...
And then, walking without destination across the city, I saw at a small distance a curious building. I approached it and found that it was the Salvation Army's quarters. A nice building, but, more than that, a nice quarter. Everything seems to match a global plan or a specific style. I tried to read about it, and found... nothing, so far. So, that's all that I have - around Salvation Army's building, houses, churches, trees, all combine in a very peaceful and harmonious quarter.
Reading about the sculpture by St John's church, I found:
"London-based, architectural practice leit-werk won a £3.5million competition to re-design a key public space in the heart of Blackpool. The redevelopment of the St John's Precinct area forms part of the greater regeneration plan being delivered by ReBlackpool - the town's urban regeneration company. St John's Precinct project is being managed and delivered by Blackpool Council through its Townscape Heritage Initiative with additional funding from the North West Regional Development Agency (NWRDA).
A key element of leit-werk's design is the New Horizon sculpture: a 12 metre hollow-spiral of mirrored steel, with a two-directional stage at its base. Through intensive investigation the team, in collaboration with Ron Packman of Packman Lucas, has fine-tuned a sculptural solution, which provides changing reflections of the sky, the horizon and the sea. In this way the new work creates an urban vista linking the beach and the town."
"SOARING metal costs have forced council chiefs to scrap a dramatic steel sculpture which should have been the centrepiece of a major town centre regeneration scheme.
A hollow spiral of mirrored steel with a stage at its base for performances was to have been the iconic centrepiece of the 3.5m St John's Precinct scheme outside the Winter Gardens."
In http://blackpoolcam.co.uk, finally:
"The focal point of the square will be a 10.5 metre high sculpture named The Wave. Designed by artist Lucy Glendinning, the piece was designed to reflect Blackpool’s coastal location and resort status. A giant curl of steel representing a breaking wave is studded with coloured resin inserts whose shapes were inspired by detail in the stained glass at St Johns Church. These inserts are lit internally by LED colour change lights that give the sculpture a feel of constantly changing when seen from different angles. The top of the wave is pierced by a twice life size figure diving through it and which are internally lit
A series of funky pebbles around the base of the sculpture echo the seaside theme of the main work. Again, internally textured and lit with the same colour change lighting as the sculpture they emit a soft glow of colour through jewel like internal faceting.
Illuminated dancing water flumes that can be programmed to act as simultaneous jets will spring to life at the East/West/South/ North end of the square. The jets are computer controlled and will be capable of a number of functions from dancing jest to Mexican waves of lit water."
I would like to see the Portuguese politicians showing the same respect for money!
This is similar to Mini-Europe in Brussels. The main difference is that it depicts a typical English village, rather than Europe's famous sights. It's a charming, rather quaint little place, and a good one to see while visiting the park or the zoo. The models are exquisitely detailed, capturing the essence of English country life. The gardens are also very attractive, and tastefully done.
All over Blackpool you will find a fantastic array of gift shops selling every kind of gift you could imagine. They are great for finding that special little something to remind you of blackpool - I have a little blackpool tower in my living room which brings back memories of this great little town.
Coral Island has got to be the coolest amusement arcade around. It has an excellent Pirate themed facade on the front and many things to do (and spend money on) inside. There is also a nice looking restaurant and fish and chip shop inside.
The Blackpool tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood. It is the only surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom. The tramway dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. The Trams are a great tourist attraction, it is a joy to see them going back and forth along the sea front. From our experience the older more attractive trains are brought out on sunny days when there are likely to be more people around. Our first day in Blackpool was quite overcast when the first tram I saw was like a red shoe box - it had no character at all. Luckily the next days was sunnier so we saw quite a few of the old trams which were oozing which character. The tramway runs for 11 miles and carries 6,500,000 passengers each year. It is also one of only a few operational tramways in the world that operate using double-deck tram systems, others including the Hong Kong Tramways system and Alexandria Tram in Egypt
The Plaque on Little Marton Windmill on Preston New Road says "This windmill was given in 1937 by Cornelius Bagot of Blackpool. To be maintained as a memorial to Allen Clarke, author, journalist & Lancashire dialect story writer who was born in Bolton in 1863 & died in Blackpool in 1935 author of "Windmill Land" "Windmill Land Stories" "Moorlands and Memories" founder of the Lancashire Authors Association and the Blackpool Ramble Club"
It is used as a store for a local Scout group but has all ways been my favorite landmark of Blackpool
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