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We spent the day at Blackpool Tower with the kids – here’s all the best bits of what there is to do and see!

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.

Is the Blackpool Resort Pass Plus Worth The Money?

If you’re planning on doing the whole Blackpool experience then yes – definitely worth the money! Each pass can save up to 45% of the cost it would be to just walk in on the day! 

Blackpool Tower showing the building below and whole tower to the top

Which attractions can you visit with the Blackpool Resort Pass Plus? 

Each Blackpool resort pass plus ticket provides you with one visit per attraction for up to seven days. Attractions included are… 

  • Sandcastle Waterpark
  • Blackpool Zoo 
  • Blackpool Model Village & Gardens
  • SEA LIFE Blackpool 
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach (wristbands for the rides) 
  • The Blackpool Tower Eye & 4D Experience 
  • Madam Tussauds Blackpool 
  • The Blackpool Tower Dungeon 
  • Nickelodean Land (as part of Blackpool Pleasure Beach) 

We used our Blackpool Resort Pass Plus  and headed off into the tower to have some fun.

What is there to do inside Blackpool Tower?

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!

How tall is Blackpool Tower?

Well following the cinema showing we headed over to the lifts to wait for our ride up the tower. All 158M to the top! 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!

Boy standing on The Blackpool Tower Eye Skywalk glass at the top of the tower
View down The Blackpool Tower from the glass skywalk up at the top

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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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Do you have to queue to go up Blackpool Tower? 

Well yes – but 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.

Jungle Jim Play Area at Blackpool Tower

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!

Harry Ramsden’s at Blackpool Tower

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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Is Blackpool Tower Dungeon suitable for young kids?

I’d say probably wait until they’re older like about 7-8 years old! The older kids 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!

The Blackpool Tower Circus Review 

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