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The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower first opened to the public on the 14th May 1894 and has provided over 120 years of family fun since. It is one of the most iconic buildings in the UK and one of Britain’s best-loved landmarks. The Blackpool Tower is the home of five great attractions where you can go from the depths of The Blackpool Tower Dungeon right up to the heights of The Blackpool Tower Eye.
Attractions at The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower plays host to the following attractions:
• The Blackpool Tower Dungeon – travel through 1,000 years of Lancashire’s horrible history!
• The Blackpool Tower Circus – join Mooky and Mr Boo as they clown around!
• The Blackpool Tower Ballroom – become lost in a world of elegant charm and beauty!
• Jungle Jim’s – let the children burn off that excess energy in the UK’s ultimate indoor adventure playground!
• The Blackpool Tower Eye – Travel to the top of the tower and discover stunning panoramic views, complete with a 4D cinema experience!
You can either purchase a single admission ticket which provides entry to all 5 attractions or you can purchase combination tickets providing access to the attractions that are of interest to you. Combination tickets can also be purchased to include Madame Tussauds Blackpool and SEALIFE Blackpool, both of which are located nearby on the promenade. All of these attractions are owned and operated by the Merlin Entertainments group.
History of The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The iconic landmark first opened to the public on the 14th May 1894 and is 518 feet (158 metres) tall. The total cost for the design and construction of the tower and buildings was approximately £290,000. 2,500 tonnes of iron and 93 tonnes of cast steel were used to construct the tower. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, Blackpool Tower is not free-standing. Its base is hidden by the building which houses Blackpool Tower Circus.
The tower’s design was ahead of its time. As a writer for the BBC noted: “In heavy winds, the building will gently sway, what a magnificent Victorian engineering masterpiece.”
When the tower opened, 3,000 customers took the first rides to the top. Guests paid sixpence for admission, an additional sixpence for a ride in the lifts to the top, and a further sixpence to visit the circus. In 1897 the top of the tower caught fire, with the fire being visible up to fifty miles away.
The Tower was not painted properly during the first thirty years and it became corroded. This lead to discussions about demolishing it, but a decision was made to rebuild it instead. Between 1921 and 1924 all the steelwork in the structure was replaced and renewed.
In 1977 The top of the tower was painted silver as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.
In 1992 The Blackpool Tower complex was renamed Tower World and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales. The tower is usually painted in dark red, except for its centenary year in 1994 when it was painted gold by abseiling painters. A two-inch thick glass floor panel was opened at the top of the tower in 1998. In 2007 a laser beam was installed which could be seen 30 miles away.
The Blackpool Tower Facts
* The Blackpool Tower first opened to the public on 14th May 1894.
* The iconic landmark was built on a foundation of cotton bales to ensure flexibility in high winds.
* The original tender for the tower itself had been £42,000.
* Extra steel was needed and this raised the figure to approximately £65,000.
* The Tower and Tower Buildings had cost approximately £290,000 by 1896.
* The Blackpool Tower is a Grade One Listed Building.
* The original tower was only going to be 450 foot high.
* The height to the top of the flagpole is 518 feet 9 inches.
* There are more than five million bricks in the Tower Buildings.
* The Tower alone contains 2,493 tonnes of steel and 93 tonnes of cast iron.
* The building at the base contains 985 tonnes of steel and 259 tonnes of cast iron.
* Each of the four legs of the Tower rest on concrete foundations 35 feet square and 12 feet deep.
* The Blackpool Tower generated its own electricity until 1924.
* It takes seven years to paint Tower structure from top to bottom.
* Originally 10,000 light bulbs were used to illuminate the Tower.
* 25,000 eco-friendly LED lights now illuminate the Blackpool Tower.
Admission Prices and Offers
The iconic landmark is part of the Merlin Entertainments group of attractions, meaning that vouchers are regularly available offering 2 for 1 entry. You can also pre-purchase your entry tickets using Tesco Clubcard points. Merlin Annual pass holders get free entry to the attraction in addition to a number of other Merlin attractions.
Travelling to The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower is located on Blackpool’s historic seafront. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction and there is also lots of accommodation available in Blackpool.
Travelling by Train
There are two railway stations in Blackpool. Blackpool North Station is closest, just 5 minutes walk from The Blackpool Tower. Visit Virgin Trains website for details.
Travelling by Coach
If you would like to travel by coach we recommend that you try National Holidays website.
Staying in Blackpool
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