Friday, 2 May 2014

Spotlight On: Blackpool Tower*

Everyone’s heard of The Blackpool Tower. It’s one of the icons of the north and certainly put this seaside town on the map when it was built back in the 1890’s. It’s gone through a fair few re-incarnations in its time, from tourist attraction to WWII RAF radar station and back again, and had more than its fair share of dramas and disasters, including fires, corrosion and calls for demolition, but it has come through them all. But what does Blackpool Tower have to offer tourists today?
 
Blackpool Tower Eye

The Blackpool Tower Eye is a magical experience, offering panoramic views of Blackpool – but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Step onto the SkyWalk, a viewing area made completely of solid, 2 inch thick tempered glass, which gives the impression of walking on air. Look down if you dare! 
As part of the Tower Eye experience there’s also a 4D cinema experience, following a young boy’s adventures in Blackpool.

Blackpool Tower Circus

The Blackpool Tower Circus has a long history of entertaining family audiences, and was one of the key attractions when the tower first opened in 1894. Every year the circus has a different theme, and this year it’s Mooky Goes to Hollywood, featuring Mooky the clown and Mr Booo on a trip to Tinseltown.

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom dates back to the tower’s opening, and is a stunningly ornate room with gilded ceiling, plush red velvet chairs and sprung dancefloor. Its most famous feature however is probably the Wurlitzer organ, which has a unique sound that’s perfect for dancing to.

Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Down in the depths of the Blackpool Tower you’ll find the Tower Dungeon – a step back in time to the horrible histories of days past. This interactive show boasts brilliant actors, state of the art special effects and even a drop ride, for family friendly fun that’s just a little bit frightening.

Jungle Jims Indoor Adventure Playground

If you have smaller children and want to give the dungeon a miss then the Jungle Jims Indoor Adventure Playground is a great place to spend a couple of hours. Let the kids run off some steam in the jungle themed soft play, ball pits and slides while you relax with a coffee or something stronger from the bar.

SeaLife Centre

It’s not strictly in Blackpool Tower – together with Madame Tussauds, it’s a little way along the promenade. However you can buy all inclusive tower tickets that get you entry into both of these attractions for one all-in-one price. The SeaLife centre is well worth a visit if you fancy seeing sharks, spotting octopus and getting interactive in the touch pool.

Madame Tussauds

Another added bonus on the all-in-one ticket, Madame Tussauds is a must for fans of popular culture. See if you can spot your favourite film star, celebrity or sporting hero, on a walk through this world famous waxworks.

It’s clear to see that Blackpool Tower makes a really good day out – that’s just as great come rain or shine. Book your Blackpool hotel at  http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/book/blackpool-hotels and make the most of your trip to the tower.

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