- Experience Blackpool and the view over the Irish Sea from over 500ft high.
- Enjoy the fantastic view from the Blackpool Eye.
- Check out Strictly Come Dancing's famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
- Take in the magic of the Blackpool Tower Circus.
- Explore the surrounding areas, home to Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Designed by Lancashire architects Charles Tuke and James Maxwell and opened in 1894, the Blackpool Tower has dominated the Blackpool skyline for over a century. At the time of construction, industry was booming in the North West, and the design of the tower celebrated the success of the area, as well as bringing lots of tourists to Blackpool. Having cost almost £300,000 and taking three years to build, the Tower is a true testament to Blackpool's success as a seaside destination at the turn of the century. This iconic building was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris and was visited by over 3,000 people when it first opened. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, the Blackpool Tower is not technically free-standing and is about half the height of its French counterpart at 158m tall. However, the view from the top of the Tower is an impressive one. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Lake District in the North, and Manchester in the south, as well as the whole of Blackpool and the famous seafront.
Rides up the Blackpool Tower have been taking place since its inception, and those without a fear of heights can still take a trip to the top to this day. Before you head on your journey to the top, check out the 4D Cinema, where you'll learn about the history of the tower in four dimensions! Then, much like at the Eiffel Tower, you can get to the top via a lift. Here you'll find a glass floor where those who don't mind heights can look down at the street all the way below. There are then a couple of flights of stairs for you to reach the very top of the tower. There are opportunities for you to get pictures taken, which makes for a special souvenir to take home.
The area surrounding the Tower is also filled with attractions, including the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which Strictly Come Dancing fans will recognise as the location of the annual Blackpool episode, as well as the spooky Blackpool Tower Dungeon, where the brave among you can take a walk through Blackpool's past. The Blackpool Tower is also home to the famous Blackpool Tower Circus, who makes an appearance every year in October and November. From clowns to acrobats, the Circus experience is lots of fun for all the family. Plus, there are performances throughout the day and evening, at 1pm, 4pm or 7:30pm, so a trip to the Circus is easy to slot into your Blackpool day out. Once you've explored the rest of the tower, the 380ft Blackpool Tower Eye is one of the newest attractions, with equally as impressive views as the Tower itself, and is the perfect way to spend an hour looking out across the Irish Sea.
If you're making a day of your visit to Blackpool, make sure to experience some of the other fantastic attractions on offer. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a short drive down the promenade, where you can find all manner of rollercoasters, including the perilous Pepsi Max ride and its famous drop. Across the road from the Pleasure Beach kids will love the Sandcastle Waterpark, an indoor world of slides, rides and fun. A little further inland is Blackpool Zoo, perfect if you have animal lovers in the family, and if you have a little time left at the end of the day, you mustn't miss one of Blackpool's most talked-about attractions; Blackpool Illuminations. Taking place during the winter months after 5pm, the whole of Blackpool seafront, including the Blackpool Tower, light up, making a gaudy display that is great fun for the kids to look at as you drive along the promenade.
For something to eat on your visit to Blackpool Tower, there are lots of options at the Tower itself, as well as nearby. Bar 380, named so as it sits at the 380-ft point of Blackpool Tower. Here you can enjoy a cocktail or mocktail, but it's best known for the views of the entire Blackpool coastline. For a hot drink and snack, the Family Afternoon Tea option at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is a great way to complete your family day out. With sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, and of course hot drinks, this Afternoon Tea includes 90 minutes in its own special area of the Ballroom. For an authentic Blackpool food experience, make sure to check out one of the many fish and chip shops available along the promenade. Right next to the Tower you'll find The Sea Fish and Chips Restaurant, where you can enjoy hearty portions of cod, scampi and much more, for a reasonable price. Or, pop to one of the may takeaway options as you wander around Blackpool seafront, and enjoy a picnic with a view of the sea. For some dessert, head to Notarianni's Ices on Waterloo Road, a business that has been around in Blackpool for almost a hundred years!
If you had a brilliant time visiting the Blackpool Tower, along with the Blackpool Tower Circus and Blackpool Tower Eye, why not check out the nearby Blackpool Zoo on your next visit? Or, to explore a little more of the North West and take in some local history, Lancaster Castle is just a 45-minute drive away from Blackpool.
What to know before you go
- The Blackpool Tower opening times are from 10am-4pm from Monday-Thursday, 11am-8:45pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-8:45pm on Sundays.
- Blackpool Tower tickets vary in price depending on the attractions you wish to visit on your trip.
- There are accessible toilets available on site, including a Changing Places facility. The Blackpool Tower is fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, but unfortunately not mobility scooters. Wheelchairs can be borrowed on site, however. One registered carer per person is allowed to enter for free.
- There are no baby changing facilities on site.
- Each of the attractions within the Blackpool Tower have their own facilities, so check online before you go if you have any extra requirements.
- Prices for Blackpool Tower vary, depending on the number of attractions you would like to include in your admission, and whether you are visiting as an adult, child, or part of a group.
- If travelling by car, take the M6 to Junction 32, and then the M55 to Junction 4. Then, follow the signs for Town Centre Attractions.
- There are plenty of pay and display parking options near the Blackpool Tower. The Houndshill Centre is next door, where you can find a large multi-storey car park. On-street parking is also available nearby, as well as central car parks in the town.
- If travelling by train, Blackpool North Station is the closest station and is just a short five-minute walk away from the Blackpool Tower.
- With such close proximity to the town centre, most buses in the area will stop outside the Blackpool Tower.
- If you fancy taking the old-fashioned route, try a seafront tram, which will take you all the way to the Tower.