Blackpool Tower – a family guide

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Visit Blackpool and Merlin Entertainments  have teamed up and launched a summer campaign to prove #BlackpoolHasItAll for families to showcase Blackpool’s collection of world renowned, family attraction brands and offers. So we headed over to Blackpool Tower to find out just what there is to do and see on a family day out.

We used our Blackpool Resort Pass Plus  which is a brilliant money saving pass that allows you entry into eight different Blackpool attractions. So we picked up our tickets and headed off into the tower to have some fun.

Inside the tower there’s five brilliant things to do

  • The Blackpool Tower Eye
  • The Blackpool Tower Circus
  • The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
  • The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
  • Jungle Jim’s

We started our trip with The Blackpool Tower Eye, it starts with an awesome 4D cinema experience, which is a great video showing Blackpool in all it’s glory, from video clips of the past, to bang up to date footage of rides from The Pleasure Beach. You watch the cinema show stood up, leaning back onto a rail, it’s really easy to get completely drawn into the film, the kids just loved it!

Following the cinema showing we headed over to the lifts to wait for our ride up the tower. I must admit the view from the lift windows going up is both scary and amazing! As soon as you come out of the lift up at the top you head straight out onto the SkyWalk… or if like me, you’re not too keen on heights, you can steer clear of the glass flooring…

The kids loved it, the view, looking down, being up so high and all those selfie and Instagram photo opportunities – they couldn’t get enough of it!

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For those wanting to go even higher, there’s some narrow blue stairs which go up the next couple of levels.

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The queues to go up and down the tower in the lift don’t take very long as the lifts hold lots of people, so the most we had to wait was around 5 minutes. The journey in the lift takes around 1 minute.

Make sure you book the kids in to Jungle Jim’s for their 1 hour time slot of crazy playing! Times are allocated by the Jungle Jim ticket desk, so be sure to head over there when you first arrive and sort out your times. No adults allowed in Jungle Jim’s, but the kids have told me it’s AMAZING!

We skipped the ballroom on this visit, but I’m definitely coming back to do the full ballroom experience again, especially now I know Ballroom Afternoon Tea is a ‘thing’. If there’s one thing I can’t resist it’s afternoon tea.

No visit to the British seaside is complete without a huge portion of fish and chips! And tucked away inside Blackpool Tower is a lovely Harry Ramsden’s, there’s loads of space to sit, the restaurant is spacious and the staff are really child-friendly and helpful.

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And if fish isn’t your thing, go for a huge burger instead – totally delicious!

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The older kids then squeezed in a quick visit to The Blackpool Tower Dungeon with their dad, whilst I occupied the youngest in the amusement arcade. They loved the dungeons, they said it was terrifyingly scary but in an exciting way, the actors were brilliant and really made everything feel real. Best of all they LOVED the big drop ride at the end!

And after that amazing fun packed day, we took our seats at the circus. Check out our circus review here.

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Blackpool Tower is a brilliant place to spend the day, the kids loved it, we loved it and we’ll definitely be visiting again.


Disclaimer: sponsored post on behalf of Merlin Entertainments who provided the Blackpool Resort Pass Plus free of charge for the purposes of the review. For full details of my disclosure policy please read here. 

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