Tower, Blackpool

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    The Tower

    by Balam Written Feb 11, 2008

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    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??

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    Blackpool Tower

    by Bigs Written Jan 14, 2005

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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

    by grayfo Written Apr 16, 2005

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    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.

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    Blackpool Tower

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 5, 2010

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    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.

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    Blackpool Tower

    by Myfanwe Updated May 24, 2010

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    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.

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    Blackpool Tower

    by Dabs Written Sep 2, 2014

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    Since we were in Blackpool and we had to do something with our time, we decided to go to the top of the Tower. You're supposed to watch a 4D movie before going up but it was temporarily malfunctioning so we went straight up the tower via an elevator to the floor that had the glass skywalk which given my fear of heights and general distrust of plexiglass did not at all interest me, you don't have to walk on it for the view. This level is fully enclosed from the elements and any photos are taken through glass. You can then walk up several more flights of stairs to the "open air" section, pictures are tough though because everything is covered in mesh

    The tickets were 12.95£ for adults but you can save if you buy online, 9.95£ for adults. There are all kinds of combo tickets you can buy online or once you get there

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    Tower of Blackpool

    by solopes Updated Dec 24, 2013

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    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

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    Blackpool Tower

    by bugalugs Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.
    Prices:
    Adults (over 17 years) £11.00
    Children up to 16yrs £ 7.00
    OAP's £7.00
    Children under 90cms free

    After 8pm admission is £6.00 for everyone.

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    Blackpool Tower

    by VickiJ Written Apr 24, 2006

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    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!

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    by lady_who_travels Written May 23, 2007

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    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!

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    Blackpool Tower

    by LouiseTopp Written Oct 5, 2005

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    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.

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    Tower Entrance

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    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

    can you get in free!

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    Blackpool Tower

    by APIA05 Written Feb 26, 2005

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    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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    Circus

    by solopes Updated May 20, 2014

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    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!

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    Blackpool Tower

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 29, 2006

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    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.

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