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Enjoy the Magic of The Blackpool Tower!

It’s the Fylde Coasts favourite attraction! Visit the The Blackpool Tower for top-to-toe fun for all the family!

There’s a variety of passes available depending on what you want to see and how long you want to stay. All the ticket details are here. Details below…

Explore The Blackpool Tower!

From down in the Dungeon to the very top, there’s something for everyone inside this magical landmark building! Read on for more information about each of these fabulous attractions and experiences…

Please Note…

  • PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL – Please pre-book tickets online before you visit any of the Merlin attractions in Blackpool.
  • CASHLESS ATTRACTIONS – These are all cashless attractions (all Merlin ones in Blackpool are). Please be ready to make on-site payments using a ‘contactless’ bank card.

THE BLACKPOOL TOWER – BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Take a look around the exterior of this fabulous attraction in this short video –

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Experience The Blackpool Tower Ballroom in true style. It’s known and celebrated throughout the world for both its stunning architecture and fantastic dance floor, making it the perfect place for Afternoon Tea.

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You can dance the day away to the sounds of the famous Wurlitzer organ amidst this stunning setting, or watch from the side lines as you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in Blackpool. Whether you want to glide around the dance floor, relax at your table or spectate from up on the balconies, it’s an experience you will never forget.

The iconic Ballroom underwent a massive £1.1M refurbishment during the Covid closures, to make it really sparkle! A team of highly skilled craftsmen spent more than 21,000 hours over a period of six months, restoring the famous venue to its original glory. It’s the most extensive programme of work and deep cleaning for more than 60 years. It was funded with a lifeline grant of £764,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Plus further funding from Blackpool Council to make up the total £1.1M.

Afternoon Tea in the Ballroom

Fancy an Afternoon Tea experience in the most beautiful Ballroom in the country?

Afternoon Tea in the Tower Ballroom

Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sandwiches, cream scone with preserve and a selection of cakes. Plus of course a freshly brewed pot of tea or coffee. Your table will be reserved for 90 minutes with waiter service, but you’re welcome to remain in the Ballroom afterwards.

The Afternoon Tea experience includes all-day admission to The Ballroom where you can enjoy live music from the mighty Wurlitzer provided by our talented organists and watch the dancers on the World’s greatest dance floors, and even join in yourself.

The Blackpool Tower Circus

The Blackpool Tower Circus performed uninterrupted for 125 years and through two world wars – until the pandemic! Back with a brand new show for 2024, The Blackpool Tower Circus reopens on 10 February 2024!

Clowning around at The Blackpool Tower Circus
Clowning around at The Circus, back in the day
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Mooky the Clown and Mr Boo. The Blackpool Tower Circus clowns of today

The Blackpool Tower Eye

Take a trip 380ft into the sky to the Tower Eye and experience the thrilling SkyWalk. Take in the best views across the North West of England from the top of the iconic Tower.

Open daily from 29 March until 3 November 2024 – subject to weather conditions.

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Start your journey to the sky with a stop at their incredible 4D cinema. The multi-sensory special effects and incredible filming techniques bring the history of The Blackpool Tower to life. It’s a thrill for kids and adults alike! Then take the trip a whopping 380ft to the top of The Blackpool Tower and experience the awesome Sky Walk and stunning panoramic views across the North West.

Visit the Tower Top Garden

Blackpool Tower is in bloom with a wonderful garden in the sky! Visit the top of Blackpool Tower Eye as you’ve never seen it before; head 380ft up in the sky to the highest garden in Blackpool. Featuring more than 50,000 blooms and created by a local florist.

Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Blackpool coastline surrounded by flowering décor and backdrops – perfect for those selfie moments! Included with standard Tower Eye entry until 5 November 2023.

See the Tower Top Garden transform throughout the year with changing seasons. Enjoy beautiful cherry and apple blossoms in April or visit in July and August to be surrounded by the bright sunflowers of summer. As the weather turns in September, don’t miss the autumnal wonderland of crisp golden leaves and pumpkins.

Dare you walk on the glass?

Stride out if you dare onto the thick safety glass viewing platform, where you can look out over the sparkling Irish Sea and see the famous Blackpool Promenade spread out below you. Way below you! You can also stop by Bar380 for some refreshments in truly elevated style, whilst you drink in the spectacular views.

See the North West of England laid before you with clear day views over Bowland, up to the Lake District, down to Liverpool and even across to the Isle of Man!

Bar 380

The only bar in Blackpool where you can see the entire Fylde coastline – and beyond! Access to Bar 380 is included as part of all tickets to The Blackpool Tower Eye.

Bar 380 at the top of The Blackpool Tower

Enjoy a relaxing drink and take in the best views in the North West. Along with spectacular views, Cocktails, Mocktails, beers and soft drinks are on the menu. Enjoy it all in style, 380ft in the sky at the top of The Tower!

Soak up the atmosphere at the most exclusive bar in town with DJs and artists playing live. Look out for details of events and acoustic evenings. Sunset Sessions take place on selected summer dates.

Sunset Sessions at The Blackpool Tower

Want to enjoy The Tower Garden with a cocktail and live music at sunset? Check out the Sunset Sessions at The Blackpool Tower. Soak up the atmosphere at the most exclusive bar in town with DJs and artists playing live.

Sunset Sessions at The Blackpool Tower

On selected dates this summer, The Blackpool Tower Eye opens until late for you to get the best sunset selfie in the UK. Sponsored by Malibu rum! Bar 380 at the top of the Tower serves a range of cool drinks, including limited edition Malibu cocktails with summer vibes.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Tower Lates

Tower Lates during the Blackpool Illuminations

Friday and Saturday nights on selected dates from September to November, from 7pm with last admission at 9pm – open until 10pm

Get a bird’s eye view of the world-famous illuminations from the top of the Blackpool Tower. Views are unrivalled, 380ft up in the air and away from the crowds! As well as the illuminations, the Tower Eye will be opening late for the World Fireworks Championships evenings too, offering a spectacular view of the jaw-dropping displays.

The Tower Eye is the home of the Skywalk; step out onto a transparent floor and look out onto the Irish Sea above Blackpool’s famous promenade.

Your ticket entitles you entry to Blackpool’s ultimate 4D cinema experience before an evening flight to the top of the Blackpool Tower Eye, with entrance at a chosen 15-minute time slot. The attraction is subject to weather conditions and can close in high winds, or poor weather. Tickets will not be refunded however your tickets are valid for one use within 90 days.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

The Tower Top attraction is subject to weather conditions and can close in high winds, or poor weather. Tickets will not be refunded however your tickets are valid for one use within 90 days. Date changes can be done on your confirmation email or by contacting The Blackpool Tower via THEIR Facebook page.

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Step back into the darkest of times and experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. It’s a thrilling and fun adventure that will leave your family screaming for more!

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Scary true stories, ‘orrible actors and a thrilling drop ride to end on – explore 1,000 years of Lancashire’s history. A uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the town’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear…

Do you remember the Blackpool Tower Aquarium, which occupied this corner before the Dungeon opened?

We were lucky enough to go to the opening of the Dungeon. Here’s our video of what you can expect –

A mix of fun and fear…

Experience a full cast of brilliant actors in ten shows backed with laughs and frights. You’ll pass through Lytham Priory, meet the Doctor and be judged in an unfair court. See and feel the effects of the plague, visit the torture chamber in Lancaster Castle, and meet the Vikings.

Plus a whole host of authentic sets, amazing special effects and an exciting drop ride. Together they make The Dungeon the best attraction for those who like a mix of fun and fear.

  • You MUST BOOK HERE for the Blackpool Tower Dungeon.

Dino Golf

Travel back in time and roar like a Dinosaur at The Blackpool Tower’s Dino Mini Golf attraction.

Play Dino Golf at Blackpool Tower

Try your hand at nine holes of prehistoric fun for a truly Dino-Mite day out! Get in touch with our team to book in your ROAR-SOME adventure! Great for team building or for some just great old fashioned fun!

The Fifth Floor

It’s a fabulous event space, available for private hire, parties and events!

The Fifth Floor at the Blackpool Tower
The Fifth Floor at the Blackpool Tower

It’s in the space right under the legs of this famous building – in fact you can SEE the legs in the roof space! Formerly Jungle Jim’s it was refitted and reshaped during the summer of 2019. It’s now this multi-use, themed entertainment and event space.

WHAT’S ON AT THE BLACKPOOL TOWER

Heritage Tours

Discover the history of one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks with a very special Heritage Tour to celebrate the rich legacy and long-standing prestige of The Blackpool Tower.

Heritage Tours at The Blackpool Tower

It’s a symbol of the region and one of the most well-known attractions in the country, opened on May 14 1894 to much fanfare. Dubbed the ‘Wonderland of the World’, it was the passionate campaign of Sir John Bickerstaffe, a former Mayor of Blackpool who was inspired by The Eiffel Tower and became a key player in the Blackpool Tower project.

These limited, intimate tours allow you to embark on a historical journey of discovery of the renowned Victorian building, including the Ballroom, Circus, and more! Guides will give you an insight into how this stunning Grade I listed building was created and the incredible stories it has witnessed. From the magnificence of the Ballroom to the sheer splendour of the Circus. Go behind the scenes, see hidden secrets and hear forgotten tales.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Bongo’s Bingo at the Tower Ballroom!

Bongo's Bingo at The Blackpool Tower

Whilst staying true to the original rules, Bongo’s immerses you in a wild night of rave intervals, awkward dance-offs, big money and ridiculous prizes. Come and see it for yourself by purchasing a ticket to one of the upcoming dates. Be warned, tickets sell out fast.

26 January 2024. 2 Feb (90s special), 16 Feb, 1 March, 15 March (St Patrick’s special)
Doors open: 6:00pm, Start time: 8:00pm, Ends: 11:30pm

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Time to Shine at The Blackpool Tower – Sat 3 Feb

Time to Shine at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

All day live music event. Time to Shine Promotions is coming to the Fifth Floor at The Blackpool Tower. On Saturday 3 February, grass roots artists will be performing on stage with other already-established artists.

This all-day live music event will feature 8 artists throughout the day until 11pm, when the ticketed after-show will begin! Guests with after-show tickets will be able to party throughout the night, all the way until 4am.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Ballroom Nights – Sat 17 Feb at 7pm

Get ready to step into a world of dance enchantment with this social dance at Ballroom Nights at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom!

Get ready to step into a world of dance enchantment at the Ballroom Nights event, where rhythms and melodies come alive, and the night is set to dazzle and delight! Join us for a 50/50 Social Dance extravaganza, a dance event made for dancers by dancers, at the illustrious Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Saturday 17th February 2024

Be captivated as the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom transforms into a dance paradise, featuring the scintillating beats of Latin Ballroom and the graceful allure of Sequence dancing. It’s a celebration of elegance, style, and pure joy on the dance floor.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Dirty Dancing Brunch, Sat 30 March, 12-4pm

Dirty Dancing Brunch at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Nobody Puts Brunch Baby in the Corner! Get the gang together and get those group chats ready, because we’re hosting a massive ‘Dirty Dancing’ themed brunch and you’re all invited!

Prepare yourselves for the ultimate brunch experience, jam packed with unforgettable moments! Expect, LIVE performances of the greatest movie sound track ever, including all of the iconic dance scenes, huge sing-a-long moments and 90’s rave rounds with our resident DJ, loads of fun and frolic with the Brunch Baby drag hosts getting you up on your feet Dirty Dancing, and providing tons of interactive challenges, dance-offs and audience participation games.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

The Blackpool Tower Celebrates 125 Glorious Years!

2019 marked the 125th anniversary of the opening of The Blackpool Tower. Find out more about the beginnings and the history of this amazing building here.

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Did you know? 25 facts for 125 years!

With 125 years of history crammed inside, there’s plenty of things you might not know about Blackpool’s favourite landmark…

  • Old attractions at The Tower include an aviary, aquarium and menagerie.
  • It used to take the maintenance team approximately seven years to paint the building from top to bottom. Now it’s a much quicker process.
  • When it first opened entry was sixpence! Now it’s free to enter and explore.
  • There’s a post box located in The Blackpool Tower Eye making it one of the highest post boxes in the country.
  • The Blackpool Tower has struggled to find someone brave enough to clean the windows 380ft in the air. But in its 125th year it finally found someone brave enough!

Famous Faces

  • The Blackpool Tower sparked the resort’s reputation as a seaside holiday destination. Over 3,000 people lined the promenade on its opening day in 1894 to see the impressive views.
  • Famous faces who have visited include Hollywood director Tim Burton, Princess Diana, Take That and even King Kong himself who was seen swinging from The Blackpool Tower in 1984.
  • The Ballroom has hosted Strictly Come Dancing’s Blackpool Special nine times. Celebrities such as Stacey Dooley, Alexandra Burke, Ed Balls and Ore Oduba have all graced the famous dancefloor.
  • Don’t be scared to jump up and down on the glass skywalk found at the top of The Blackpool Tower Eye. It can hold the weight of two elephants!
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited in March 2019 and were seen admiring the dancing in the Ballroom.

Never Miss a Season!

  • Up to coronavirus in 2020, The Blackpool Tower has never missed a circus season in 125 years, even during the two World Wars! That’s well over 45,000 shows which equates to more than 10 years of performing back to back.
  • It generated its own electricity until 1924.
  • It has featured in major Hollywood films from Oscar-nominated film Phantom Thread and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
  • The Tower Circus searches for its acts from all over the world. Many different nationalities appear including Hungarian, Argentinian, Cuban and Mexican acts.
  • Up until 1990, the Circus show featured animals including lions, polar bears, tigers and elephants.

Crowning Jewel

  • The Blackpool Tower Dungeon is one of only a handful of Dungeon attractions found in the world. Other Dungeons can be found in London, Shanghai, Amsterdam and San Francisco.
  • The Tower is the crowning jewel in the resort’s illuminations period (August – January). Every year, a team of engineers scale the building to check and replace the 25,000 light bulbs that illuminate it at night.
  • The Tower Circus is one of only four circuses in the world to have a water feature finale. The incredible spectacle sees the arena under the circus ring fill with over 42,000 gallons of water in less than one minute.
  • In 1985, an escapologist married his wife in a steel cage, suspended on high!
  • The Tower was one of three buildings in the UK, inspired by the Eiffel Tower. It’s the only one still standing.

It’s very own pub

  • It has its own Red Lion pub, opened in 2018 by ‘The Red Lioness’. This pub fanatic has visited over 650 Red Lions in the UK.
  • It cost almost £300,000 (the equivalent of over £40 million in 2019) to build The Tower.
  • Phil Kelsall MBE, the resident organist, is now the Tower’s longest serving organist at more than 42 years, eclipsing Reginald Dixon’s record which he held between 1930 – 1970.
  • Peter Kay’s filmed ‘Live At The Top of The Tower’ in the Circus ring. It’s the performance that gained him mainstream media attention and helped set him on his career to stardom.
  • Charlie Cairoli, one of the most recognisable names in the circus industry, was the resident clown at the Circus between 1939 – 1979.

And, did you know, there’s even a train called The Blackpool Tower!

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