The Blackpool Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Blackpool Tower was erected in 1894. I have been told when traveling to Blackpool it was a family custom whomever saw the tower first won a sixpence. My friend Carl worked as a repairman for the tower and he spent a good deal of time in the Ornate ballroom. The ballroom was designed by Frank Matcham and constructed in 1899. There are two organs in the ballroom one is a Wersi Louvre organ and the famous Wurlitzer organ.
The ballroom was severely damaged by a fire in 1956, the craftsman who worked on the original design were brought out ofd retirement to aid in accurate refurbishment of this room. It is a rare occurence to actually witness the "changing of the organist" as one organ descends the other comes up with another organist playing. The ballroom has been used in many television shows including the BBC's "Come Dancing"
The day we were there many couples spent a lovely Saturday morning refining their dance moves or simply learning how to dance. It looked like great fun to be spun with such grace and delight!
the tower-£7 to go up excl cabaret.
the pleasure beach-free entry or £29 for a wristband for all rides or pay as you go. the big one is £7 and the IRNBRU is £3. the show called mistique is crap, dont go.
also go get drunk, so many bars! cheap beer in lots too. and cheap grub.
Blackpool's tropical indoor seaside. This giant indoor water playground complete with exotic plants and palm trees will keep the family happy all day. The playground has facilities for all ages, from the Captain Sandcastle's Adventure Playground with giant inflatables for the children, to bars, cafes, sunbeds and amusements for those of us who are a little more mature. They have just renovated it. Good fun, but try to avoid kids holidays, because its absolutely packed. Unfortunately its quite expensive, but you can easly spent a day in it. They have a restaurand and bar there.
Blackpool tower opened on May 14 1894. The tower is made of steel and is around 518 foot high.
It has the splendid ballroom were the come dancing show took place. With its Wurlitzer organ (hope i spelt it right) I remember as a child getting very excited as the organ came up through the floor with the organist playing.
It also now has at the top 400 foot above the ground the glass floor which you can walk across(if you dare).
You can go up to the top in the lifts if your brave and a personal favourite is the circus (no animals) its included in the price of your entry and is worth going to see. Then there is the dawn of time ride (another favourite).
As well as a aquarium, amusment arcades, pubs, places to eat and a old favourit jungle jims adventure playground for kids (im gutted im to old) children up to 14 offically but ive seen older kids using it.
Is a great day out for the whole family and there is bound to be something for everyone.
If anything stands out as a symbol of the traditional English seaside holiday it has has to be the kids' donkey rides along the sands at Blackpool.
The well cared for donkeys are probably capable of carrying much greater loads than small children, after all they were used in the past down the mines to bring coal out.
These days the donkeys are subject to the same employment rights as humans in the European Union and this is enforced by zealous council officials. There is a maximum 48 hour working week and the right to a set lunchbreak. In addition (and humans really ought to get this one as well) they get every Friday off by virtue of a local bye-law.
For those impossiblly British, and cute photographs you will need to stump up two pounds to allow your offspring a little ride on a little donkey.
If you donkey is a bit slow...just say the words "Glue factory" into his ear.
The Golden Mile has always been there for fun, it has shops, side show games fast food eateries and a string of luxury arcades with names like Coral Island, Funland and Oasis to name but a few.
Try spotting your favourite celebratory at famous and even infamous, in the galleries of Louis Tussaud's Waxworks. Artists work all year round to recreate the models of those who make the news and, for visitors with nerves of steel, who knows what lies in store in the Chamber of Horrors?
The Blackpool sea life centre can also be found on the mile and is worth a visit to see the sharks, although nothing like Jaws.
Finally along the golden mile there are three Piers (North, Central and South) to keep you entertained and offer similar attractions as the mile itself.
Blackpool Pleasure beach is the oldest amusement park in the UK dating back to 1896. All though there are many parks that have arrived on the scene, Blackpool?s pleasure beach is still the best.
Known as the home of the woodies, this park has more rollercoasters than most other parks, some of which date back to the 1920s. The Maxim flying machine which is sponsored by Ryan Air is the oldest ride on the park and dates back to 1904.
Today the pleasure beach has packed more thrill ride attractions in 42 acres than any other would ever dare.
Admission is free although you must purchase a wrist band to be able to ride the coasters and other attractions.
I love jogging and I did it at 7:30am every morning while I was in Blackpool. I jogged along the promenade for about an hour. This allows you to see different sites and scenery of the city in an easy way without much traffic. It was windy and bit cold in May 2005 but the refreshing experience paid off. After that I had good appetite for the big english breakfast at the hotel.
I am a true Whovian & I thought the Dr Who exhibition was brilliant! The Dr Who exhibition in Blackpool first opened in the 70s, & lately re-opened in a new 5,500 sq ft space in the Golden Mile Centre.
The doors open at 10am until 6pm. The charge is six pounds, but we got in for oap prices as were a disabled group. The first thing you see is the 1960’s living room with the father sitting on the sofa and the boy hiding behind the sofa. The first programme ‘an unearthy child’ is shown on a primitive TV in black and white & is about the Dr’s granddaughter. There are lots of buttons to push & many of the original props are on display, I only wish some famous people were there soI could get an autograph. The new series is also shown & you can watch past clips, there’s also Bessie the car which was driven by the 3rd doctor.
The shop isn’t very big although you can buy merchandise, there’s other sci-fi stuff in the room next door which has Star Trek Voyager & Star Wars. Think I would of had a heart attack if I'd had met the 9th doctor, he's so cool.
Along the Golden Mile are horse drawn carriages which wait patiently for passengers who wish to ride a long the seafront, each horse wears a New Zealand rug for warmth. The mare that was pulling our carriage was a bit unsure of me, until I gave her a carrot; I could be the Blackpool strangler of horses for all she knew!
It was great going along the seafront, seats were comfortable & there was a bucket on the back in case Misty did any messages. There’s a small step when you get in & out, halfway along the seafront the carriage will turn round & return. £4 each if there’s up to six people in a carriage, well worth a trip.
A visit to Blackpool is not complete without a visit to the top of the tower. (AS long as you don't mind heights too much).
The views from the top are truly spell binding.
There is a small shop at the top so that you can bring back a souvenir.
The viewing platform is glass enclosed but if you are more daring, you can go further above where you will feel the wind on your face as only bars and railings are there.
Britains top tourist attraction Blackpool`s Pleasure Beach is a real must see, if you like white knuckle rides then try out Europes largest roller coaster, the Pepsi Max [or the Big One as its often called] is 238ft [almost 80 metres] high, or one of the other stomach churning treats that await you here, but dont forget the older more traditional rides like the Grand National and the old Big Dipper, still scarey and giving you a taste of what `white knuckle` used to mean
there are areas of the park designed for small children with slower rides and good play areas, and enough food stands to replace 20 times over whatever you lost after riding the big coasters
on the 42 acre site are numerous bars and restaurants, and theatres with Vegas-styled shows, and if the chill winds from the Irish Sea havent cooled you enough theres also an ice rink, which also stages fabulous shows on ice
the Pleasure Beach has been here since 1804, look out for the old amusements and rides dotted about the site, the oldest, Sir Hiram Maxim's Flying Machine, is still in use daily
Ken Webster is a comedy hypnotist. If you like this type of thing, then go see his show - it is outrageously funny. IT IS STRICTLY FOR OVER 18s, and if you are easily offended _ DON'T GO.
His show can be seen in different venues in Blackpool - most of the season you can catch it in the Horseshoe Lounge, near the funfair. the show doesn't start until midnight, although during peak season I think there are additional (much tamer) shows earlier in the evening.
Nobody is made to volunteer for the show, however, every time I have been to see a show, there have been no shortage of very willing volunteers!
I think that during October (when lights are on) basket meals can also be ordered whilst you are watching the show. Definitely recommend booking/purchasing a tickets during peak season before the evening - if you are at the Pleasure Beach in the day, just buy it then.
Funny Girls is a quality cabaret featuring transvestites (drag artists). There is great music, dance routines and burlesque comedy. DJ Zoe also plays requests between the sections of the shows (be warned, if you request, she may well pick you out and embaress you with her witty one liners!).
All the waitresses and the bar staff are transvestites. The venue itself is a theatre, and the night shows are extremely popular. A lot of hen nights start off at Funny Girls! The show is fun and tongue in cheek, and some of the ladies really will have you fooled! Entrance into Funny Girls is not too expensive (£3 weekdays, £6 saturday nights), if you choose to go into the main part of the theatre and stand up to watch the show. It is more expensive to sit in the balcony seats, but the view is good, and the bar is quieter than below and you get waitress service.
You can also book to have a meal in the restaurant (Garbos, cost £14 extra) just before the show.
Would recommend booking if you plan to go on a weekend, particularly if it is during Sept to Oct (when the promenade lights are switched on).
At the top of the Towewr is this glass panel in the floor - toughened glass thankfully - it really is quite eerie standing on it or looking right down the tower itself - not for those with vertigo thats for sure!
Its the one occasion where the glass is not broken in cases of fire!
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