Address: Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 4BJ


Phone: +44 (0) 1253 622242

Blackpool Tower History

Blackpool Tower was opened to the public in 1894 and was built as a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

The name refers not just to the structure, but to the whole red-bricked block for which the steel tower is surrounded by at ground level. This block houses the Aquarium, the Tower Circus, the Ballroom and the Roof Gardens. It became a Grade I listed building in 1973. 
The BT company had purchased the aquarium in 1890, and in 1891 laid the foundation stone to build the steel tower. It was designed by architects James Maxwell and Charles Tuke, and by engineers Heenan and Froode. The cost was £290,000. The project was vast and in building, used 5 million bricks, 2,500 tonnes of iron and 93 tonnes of steel.
When first open, the public were charged sixpence for entry, sixpence for the lift to the top and sixpence for the Tower Circus.
The structure caught fire in 1897.
In 1921, the structure had corroded to such an extent that all the steelwork was replaced.
Today, the attraction is run by Merlin Entertainments and the top of the Tower is named Blackpool Tower Eye – this in keeping with some of their other attractions eg London Eye.
Blackpool Tower Visit
Located on the promenade in Blackpool and visible from miles away, its easy to see how the Tower attracts tourists.
The Tower complex houses a number of attractions. The top viewing area is named the ‘Tower Eye’, in keeping with other Merlin attractions eg London Eye. Here, apart from the viewing platforms, there is a 4D cinema and a glass floor section.
The Tower Dungeon is popular and involves actors, scenes, special effects and a walk-through experience. It’s generally open 10.00 – 17.00 or 18.00.
The Tower Circus runs with up to 3 shows a day.
The Tower Ballroom is world famous. Usually on 10.00 until 17.00, the Wurlitzer Organ plays, the public ballroom dance and afternoon tea is served.
Jungle Jim’s Kids Playground usually opens at 10.00.
Tickets can be bought per attraction or a ticket can be bought that covers all. The Tower website gives all details.
Nearby attractions include Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Opera House and Winter Gardens, Madame Tussauds, Sealife Centre, Sandcastle Water Park, Grundy Art Gallery, the beach, promenade and piers, the Model Village, Marton Mere Nature Reserve, Pasaje del Terror, Blackpool zoo and Blackpool illuminations. For golf enthusiasts there are a number of championship golf courses nearby including Royal Lytham St Annes.