Blackpool is a seaside town located in Lancashire, in the North West of England. It is a popular tourist destination for British families and tourists. It is what you might call a traditional British holiday destination, where not much has changed over the past 50 years. Tourists enjoy Blackpool for what it is, not what it should be.
The seaside town attracts millions of visitors every year. Blackpool's traditional approach to tourism saw a bit of a lull in the late 20th century when tourists preferred to go abroad. But their urban fabric and economy rendered on and it is again a hugely popular destination for tourists of all ages. But it's not just the beach that attracts the tourists, it's Blackpool major attractions and landmarks as well. The Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Winter Gardens bring the most tourists to the town. The Blackpool Tower however is really something else and is definitely worth a proper visit when you visit Blackpool.
Blackpool is definitely the perfect family weekend getaway as it is central to England, there is endless amounts of activities you can do with the kids and it's a very cheap holiday away. There are also a variety of Blackpool hotels
for every budget. There are loads of B&Bs along the shore Promenade and boutique hotels are always in sight.
Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction which opened to the public in 1894. It is a 518 feet tower that was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is included as a member of the World Federation of Great Towers and is a Grade 1 listed building.
The Tower is pretty famous in popular culture, having a number of television and cinema appearances. Peter Kay has performed numerous times at the Tower and a Live DVD was released of one of the shows. It also appears in the 1995 film Funny Bones and the 1949 film Forbidden. There are a number of attractions attached to the Blackpool Tower including the Blackpool Tower Eye, the Ballroom and the Tower Circus.
The Tower Eye was previously known as the 'Tower Top'. It was reopened in September 2011 after closing for refurbishment. The attraction consists of a glass floor giving you views right down to the bottom of the Tower. It's pretty cool really.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom opened in 1894, It has had several refurbishments over the years and was used for the BBC series Come Dancing which was filmed there for many years.
It is used for several annual dancing events and is popular for large charity events and balls. The interior is stunning and the floor is made up of over 30,000 blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut.
It has some lovely traditions attached to it; Dancing was originally not allowed on Sundays where sacred music was played instead. The Ballroom has remained a haven for dance fans and a number of musical events are also hosted here.
The Tower is located at the base of the Tower. It first opened in 1894 along with the tower itself. The interior was designed by Frank Matcham and was finally finished in 1900. The circus has some fantastic features that still remain today. Including the ability to lower the circus ring into a pool of water allowing for Dancing Fountains. There are only four circuses in the world left with this feature.
The world famous clown Charlie Cairolio and British Ringmaster Norman Barrett both performed here for over 20 years. Animals performed at the circus right up until 1990 where the circus was nearly closed for good. Public demand help it open and the circus is still alive today and is used as a stage for Pantomimes in the Winter months.
The Blackpool Tower has a variety of other attractions including the Blackpool Tower Dungeons. There is also Tower Lounge Bar which has a capacity of over 1,700 and is a popular destination for a pint after a walk down Blackpool's Promenade. If you fancy a weekend away and you don't require any glamour or expense, Blackpool is the perfect destination. It's traditional British hospitality and entertainment at it's best!