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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!
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.
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
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Blackpool's beautiful tower was built in 1894 and looks a bit like a miniature Eiffel Tower.
You can't only go to the top to enjoy a great view over the seafront and the city centre, you also find a ballroom, a circus and an aquarium here.
Unfortunately we didn't have time for a closer look and to be honest I am not even sure if the tower is open in winter. Actually it would have been quite scary to go to the top on a stormy day like when we were there.
On the tower's website there are some nice facts about the tower. Here's my favourites:
In February 1895 a severe frost killed all the fish in the aquarium and new stocks were imported from Germany.
In 1994 the sides of the Tower were painted gold for its Centenary Celebrations by abseiling painters.
On a clear day you can see the Tower from North Wales and the Lake District.
Among the Ballroom’s one time strict rules were: ‘Gentlemen may not dance unless with a lady’ and ‘Disorderly conduct means immediate expulsion’.
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Around Blackpools famous tower you will find the city center of Blackpool. We stopped for some last bargains before heading to West Kirby to meet Sandy and Dave again... The gale-force was getting worse and so it's time to say good-bye. Money was empty anyway.
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Blackpool Tower is Englands' answer to the Eiffel Tower and can be seen from almost everywhere in the area and quite a fair distance away too.
When it isn`t too windy you can take the lift to the top of the Tower and take in the breathtaking views of the Lancashire countryside. At the top a section of the floor has been removed and replaced with a clear perspex panel so when you walk on it, it looks like you are walking on air.
Beneath the Tower in the main building there are bars restaurants, amusement arcades, a circus and the World famous Tower Ballroom with the famous Wurlitzer Organ.
The Ballroom is beautifully decorated and all through the day people can dance to recorded music, but occasionally the Wurlitzer rises from the floor and somebody plays it. I used to have Ballroom Dancing lessons and always dreamt of dancing in the Tower Ballroom, maybe one day my dream will come true.
Everything changes from time to time at the Tower I can remember an aquarium being there when I was younger but I don`t think it is there anymore.
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My memories of the tower include the splendid ballroom with the Wurlitzer organ
wet afternoons were spent there watching my parents waltz, foxtrot and quickstep around the floor, my `turn` consisting of standing on my fathers feet and being `danced` around [ only till l was 5 or 6 though, he wasnt THAT strong ! ]
at one time it held the zoo, a dismal smelly place with sorry looking animals
a trip to the top of the tower was always a nightmare for me in my Vertigo days, now that my fear of heights is cured perhaps l should return, and walk across the glass floor almost 400 ft above street level
The Eiffel Tower of the UK. This is illuminated at night and is a good way to navigate your way around Blackpool as it can be seen from most places close to the front. If in doubt, head for the tower!
Blackpools most famous landmark is its tower. In 1994 it celebrated its centenary. There has also been a massive refurbishment costing £13 million. There are seven different levels in the tower all offering fun and entertainment. Inside the tower there is also the Tower Circus, which has had a face lift. The tower is 519 feet high and you can be transported to the top in the lift to an observation platform. The one great thing about going to the tower is that besides being so much to see and do, you can also get a pass to come out and go back in the same day, whenever you like. There is also the famous tower ballroom, with such a wonderful dance floor, even if you only want to take a look its beautiful. There is a large Wurlitzer organ that rises up onto the stage each day.
Also adventure playgrounds and an aquarium.
There are cafes and bars.
Adults (over 17 years) £11.00
Children up to 16yrs £ 7.00
Children under 90cms free
After 8pm admission is £6.00 for everyone.
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Blackpool Tower was erected in 1894 and it really is worth it to take a trip up to the top which is 518 ft up. The elevator ride up did, however, give me brief moments of panic when I realized you could see the rusty bits on the tower. Then I had a think about exactly how old this tower was! Yikes! There is a really good view of the town from the top though and there’s even a postbox up there where you can mail off postcards to all your VT friends ;-) Be sure to walk the glass floor as well, though it’s not exactly as good as glass floor at Toronto’s CN Tower.
The tower is also home to an Edwardian ballroom, there was a gentleman playing the piano when I went through, and various other attractions. Some typical arcade style games are on one level, you might find yourself a few coins lighter after playing with some of them.
Also at the tower is a circus which I missed seeing :-( I really wish I’d roused myself from my nap at the B&B and headed back down to it.
Entrance to the tower is £11 but I think it’s more if you wish to see the circus, though I could be wrong about that.
Visit the Blackpool Tower,...
Visit the Blackpool Tower, it's a cut price Efile Tower and you get to see all the oldies dancing in the ballroom. The illuminations are good but only lit in summer, the boardwalk is really corny and the piers are fun. The Rollercoaster is one of the best I have ever been on, again only open in summer. The Louis Tusards wax museaum is ok (not as a patch on Madame Tusards) especially the gory bit upstairs with the freaks and medical misadventurers.
This has got to be one of the funniest places I have been in the UK, very English, very corny, and not very expensive.
Tower Top Views ?
This handy little chart outside the Tower shows what the conditions are and how far reaching the views are before you fork out all that money on the entrance fee and have a foggy disappointment..
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