Tower, Blackpool

4 out of 5 stars 4 Stars - 24 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Tower
    by Benson35
  • Tower
    by Benson35
  • Tower
    by Benson35
  • solopes's Profile Photo

    Tower of Blackpool

    by solopes Updated Dec 24, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Blackpool
    4 more images

    English copying French? Impossible! Let's explain this in "English" version:

    By the end of the 19th century, the world desperately needed a big tower. Several architects were projecting it worlwide, and in England James Maxwell and Charles Tuke planned an iron tower, with several attractions in it.

    The French knew, and ordered Eifell to built urgently something alike, so that the French could be the first.

    Eifell did it, but in the rush, he built in 1889 a simple tower, very big, but empty at ground level.

    The british went slower, but five years later they did it properly - a tower with circus, ballroom, much richer than the big French copy built five years before (fortunately I don't have to write this in French!).

    Is it clear now?

    Well, the tower was undergoing hard maintenance and the visit to the top would be open only in September. I visited the lovely ballroom and skipped the circus. It's nice, in the luna park that is Blackpool

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo

    Blackpool circus

    by sourbugger Updated Feb 25, 2013

    Blackpool's tower famous cicus has put on a show every year since 1894. That is impressive in itself, although the performance space itself situated between the 'legs' of the Blackpool tower itself must be the real star of the show.

    Circus performances run a couple of times a day, six days a week and tickets are easy to come by. Even on the busiest days it will probably not be a sell-out.

    Animals have not featured since 1990, so acrobats and other 'human skill' acts are the mainstay of the show. These are normally broken up by the antics of 'Mooky the clown' and 'Mr Boooo' (actually his brother in real life'. Mooky may have generations (9 on his mothers, 7 on his fathers) of circus DNA inside him but that still doesn't mean he is in the least bit funny. It's not his fault I suppose, I find all clowning acts to be terminally unfunny.

    One feature of all Blackpool circus shows is the impressive bit on engineering that allows the floor of the ring to drop and it fill with thousands of gallons of water. Queue for more human acrobatics.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Benson35's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by Benson35 Written Nov 15, 2012
    2 more images

    Before the Pleasure Beach grew bigger and better and popularity grew for it, the main reason to holiday/visit Blackpool, was to see the Tower. The Tower is iconically Red, and can be spotted on your way into Blackpool from a distance.
    Inside the tower, there is ballroom at the top where today, dance competitions are held. It was very polular in the 1940s - 1960's to go to the ballroom and dance.
    Nowadays, you can go to the top of the tower to see the view and test your fear by walking over a glass floor! The Ballroom is still open and it truely beautiful. The Tower has a circus and a 4D cinema, as well as a children's indoor play center (Jungle Jim's).
    The ticket prices vary as to what you would like to access inside the Tower. For up to date prices, look on the website listed below. The website also offers a discount for buying tickets online (2012).

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Britannia2's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 5, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Tower

    The tower opened in 1894 after a local businessman had visited Paris and decided his town needed a tower similar to the Eiffel Tower.
    The Tower is 518 feet high and a grade 1 listed building. From the top it is possible on a clear day to see places within a 30 mile radius.
    A fast lift takes you to the top and as the lift leaves the building on which the tower is built and enters the actual metal framework of the tower is one of the strangest feelings I have ever known.
    My gripe is that it is not possible just to pay for a ride to the top of the tower and the rather expensive admission (about £17) includes a circus display, a clown exhibition , a jungle adventure for children and a Juraasic walk featuring dinosaurs in 3D.
    Most people do not want these attractions and it seems unfair you have to pay so much when all you want is trip up the tower.
    The famous ballroom is extra at £5.50.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Photography
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by Myfanwe Updated May 24, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Blackpool Tower
    3 more images

    Blackpool Tower was one of the things I was most looking forward to on my visit to Blackpool - it is a great landmark and can be seen for miles around. It is a Grade I listed structure whose foundation stone was laid on September 25th 1891 with the Tower being opened to the public on 14th May 1894.

    The Tower stands at a mighty 518ft 9 inches tall. Not only can you go up to the top of the Tower in a lift, within the Tower buildings you will find a ballroom, aquarium, restaurant and Jungle jims playground for the children. The admission price incorporates entry to all of the attractions, we didn't go in as we felt that it needed a little more time than we had, to get the most out of the admission price which was in the region of £12-£15.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Balam's Profile Photo

    The Tower

    by Balam Written Feb 11, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Blackpool Tower
    1 more image

    Blackpool Tower opened on 14th May 1894 and towering over Blackpools Golden mile it has to be the most famous Seaside landmark in the United Kingdom and of course it's not just the tower that people visit, there's the Aquarium, the Circus and the famous Tower Ballroom with that magnificent rising organ.
    The tower is certainly worth a look (you can't miss it) but dare you go all the way to the top and feel it sway in the wind??

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel
    • Casino and Gambling

    Was this review helpful?

  • lady_who_travels's Profile Photo

    Brillant Blackpool Tower

    by lady_who_travels Written May 23, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    You really wont believe whats under this tower! You and the family could spend all day here, with something for everyone. With the Aquarium, this is the one area that predates the rest of the tower,with over 75 species of marine life on show in 17 different tanks the kids and adults will be entralled. The Tower Ballroom is known worldworld, you and a partner can join in and have a dance or simply sit and watch teh other couples strut their stuff. There is a Victorian tea room, where you can enjoy your tea and buns. The Tower ballroom has played host to many an event. The circus is popualr with the family and you will see Blackpools own clown ''Mooky'' My favourite part of the tower is the ''Tower Top'' this is where the walk of faith is situated. A glass floor showing the 380ft top below. The lifts operate 5 minutes after the tower opens until 5 minutes after the tower closes. Although if wind get over 45mph they cant for safety reason, so fingers crossed its a nice day when you are planning to go! Family Prices start from £43 for 2adults and 2children or £12.95 per adult and £9.95 perr child!

    Related to:
    • Aquarium
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • VickiJ's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by VickiJ Written Apr 24, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is all sorts to do at Blackpool tower; there is a circus (i think i met the Chucklebrothers there when i was little!) a ballroom, an adventure playground for children and places to eat. And of course you can go up the tower itself - 380 feet from the prominade, which gives a great view of Blackpool and the surrounding area!

    There is also the Tower Lounge which is successful with those who want to sit and have a few drinks in the afternoon to get themselves ready for the evening ahead!

    Related to:
    • Theme Park Trips
    • School Holidays

    Was this review helpful?

  • jetwind's Profile Photo

    The Famous Blackpool Tower

    by jetwind Written Mar 2, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    TOWER
    1 more image

    Blackpool Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which was built for the 1889 International Exposition.
    The Blackpool Tower Company was formed in February 1891. The foundation stone of Blackpool Tower was laid on 25th September 1891 and a time capsule was buried beneath it. The tower opened to the public on the 14 may 1894.

    Visitors can take a ride to top of the tower and on a clear day can see the entire Fylde coast. As well as the tower visitors can enjoy a circus, a ballroom, aquarium, kids play ground and various eateries.
    Guests are asked to pay a one off fee and all attractions of free all day long.

    Related to:
    • Music
    • Family Travel
    • Aquarium

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tom_Fields's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 29, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Blackpool Tower
    4 more images

    This tower, a replica of the Eiffel Tower, is a sight to behold. In addition, the base of the tower has its own world of arcades, restaurants, shops, an aquarium, and a fine ballroom. The tower opened in 1894, with other attractions being added over the years.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Theme Park Trips

    Was this review helpful?

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo

    Tower Entrance

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 23, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    can you get in free!

    Its quite expensive getting into the Tower - £12 per adult for our visit in June 2005...but if you are smaller than this poster of the Tower you can get in free...Dave tried.....and although a kid at heart he was just a bit too tall ;-0

    Was this review helpful?

  • LouiseTopp's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by LouiseTopp Written Oct 5, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Made by the firm of Maxwell &Tuke of Manchester in
    4 more images

    Blackpool Tower is a must, it dominates the whole of Blackpool & can be seen as far as the M6. Entrance is £14 but we were charged £8 because we were a disabled group, the queue can be a bit mad so it’s wise to book online. If you wish to leave the building, then you can have your hand stamped with ultra violet, which will be scanned when you arrive

    The first thing you see on entry is the aquarium, everything is bathed in a blue light & there’s relaxing music playing. There’s a variety of fish including Turtles, Clowns, Yellow Tangs, Eels & Surgical fish. The Aquarium initially was a Menagerie in the late 1870's on its current site. The aquarium predates the rest of the Tower. The ceiling looks like the top of a cave, this area can get very crowded (Aquarium not the ceiling).

    The dinosaur ride is good, but you can’t take wheel or pushchairs on this ride. You sit in a kind of rail car with the bar pulled down, there’s a commentary right from the big bang up until the present day. It’s very good as it gets very hot in the volcanic section & cold during what is the Ice Age. To get to the dinosaur ride you can get a lift to floor three & all levels, although it’s a bit stomach churning.

    The ballroom is phenomenal! The interior was grand & there’s a bar which sells proper cakes & cups of tea during their t-dances. This is where the TV programme ‘strictly ballroom’ & ‘Come Dancing’ was filmed. The floor is a proper sprung surface & you can feel the floorboards bouncing under people’s weight. The famous Wurlitzer comes out of the stage which is good, you can get married here, play the organ or join the audience for ‘Come Dancing’.

    The tower lift goes up every 5 mins, If it’s too windy they will not allow people right up to the Top. The views across Blackpool are amazing; you can see The Isle of Man across the Irish sea on a clear day.

    Related to:
    • Disabilities
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Alicja1's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by Alicja1 Updated Jun 14, 2005

    Take the Tower Top Ride and test your nerve on the terrifying Walk of Faith…explore the Undersea World and journey back to the Dinosaur Ride…let the kids loose in Jungle Jim’s Adventure Playground…have a terrific time at the Tower Circus, or dance the night away in the world famous Tower Ballroom. There’s something for everyone!

    Was this review helpful?

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by grayfo Written Apr 16, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Blackpool Tower - Postcard

    At a height to the top of the flagpole of 518 Ft 9 ins, The Blackpool Tower & Circus, the world famous Victorian landmark has recently been restored to its former glory. The building was originally started on 29th September 1891 taking 2 years 6 Months to complete. The original cost was £45,000. The Tower first opened Whit Monday, 14th May 1894 with an original admission of 6d (2 & 1/2 pence). Today the lift makes approx. 50,000 trips per year.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • APIA05's Profile Photo

    Blackpool Tower

    by APIA05 Written Feb 26, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Blackpool Tower as its fun for every one of all ages.

    Prices range from 10.00-12.00 per adult, £8.00 - £10.00 per child (Family Saver Tickets Available).

    The price includes entrance to the circus, the infamous Tower Ballroom (recently featured on “most Haunted”), the aquarium, Jungle Jims (for the kids), dinosaur ride (for the kids) and numerous restaurants and café’s.

    A lift taken from the upper floor of the tower ballroom will take you to the tower top and it’s a mind blowing experience, although avoid on a windy day as you could leave the experience feeling dizzy & sick 

    On arrival to the Tower Top, you will be amazed by the panaromic views of blackpool, the lake district and the isle of man, you have three levels to choose from. The top of the tower is not for the feint hearted, but good views and the chance to have your picture taken at the tallest point (412 Feet).

    It's a day out in itself and the kids will love it because of the numerous attractions

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Theater Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Blackpool

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

99 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Tower
5.0 out of 5 stars
94 Opinions
0.1 miles away
Show Prices
4.5 out of 5 stars
28 Opinions
0.1 miles away
Show Prices
4.5 out of 5 stars
136 Opinions
0.2 miles away
Show Prices

View all Blackpool hotels