Blackpool Tower: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Blackpool Tower:

  • Blackpool Tower is located on the promenade in Blackpool, Lancashire, one of the most well known and popular seaside resorts in England.
  • The tower, which is 518 feet tall, was built in 1894, and was modeled on the Eiffel Tower which had opened a few years earlier. The Mayor of Blackpool was so impressed with the Eiffel Tower, he decided Blackpool should have its own.
  • The tower was built with 5 million bricks and 2,500 tonnes of iron. It was designed and built in such a way that if it collapsed, it would fall into the sea.
  • In addition to the spectacular view from the top, Blackpool Tower has several attractions, including its famous ballroom, a circus and a 4D cinema. The cinema features smells as well as sound and vision.
  • The ballroom floor is constructed from over 30,000 separate blocks of walnut, oak and mahogany. There are 563 steps in the tower, to the flagpole on the top.
  • Cleo Lane and Duke Ellington are among the famous stars who have performed in the tower. It has also appeared in several films, including the 1947 Dick Barton Strikes Back.

Blackpool Tower

  • Along with the rest of the promenade, Blackpool Tower is illuminated every September. The town’s illuminations stretch for 6 miles and use over a million light bulbs.
  • The top of the tower is closed to visitors if there are winds in excess of 45 mph. A mail box was placed at the top of the tower in 1949.
  • The Blackpool Tower circus has performed continually since 1894.
  • In 1984, a huge model of King Kong was attached to the side of the tower.
  • In 1985 an escapologist married his bride in a ceremony that took place in a steel cage suspended from the tower.

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