The Blackpool Tower is the most famous attraction in town. The 158 m high steel truss tower was opened in 1894 and was the tallest building in Great Britain at the time. The idea of building a tower in Blackpool came from Mayor John Bickerstaffe after a visit to Paris. No wonder the Blackpool Tower is reminiscent of the top of the Eiffel Tower. The planning was carried out by the architects James Maxwell and Charles Tuke together with the engineer Reade. The construction of the tower caused a rush of visitors to Blackpool and made the seaside resort known throughout the country. Other seaside resorts also wanted to build a tower, but failed to finance it.
The Blackpool Tower Eye viewing platform at a height of 115 m, offers a magnificent view of the city and the Irish Sea. In the base of the tower, other attractions await the numerous tourists. The pompous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which surpasses every baroque theater, is awesome. The Blackpool Tower Circus is known for its acrobats and clowns. If you're into scary fun, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon is the right place. The Blackpool Tower is still the biggest tourist attraction on the promenade.
The Blackpool Central Pier was opened in 1868. The pier was designed as a landing jetty for excursion boats that could moor here at low tide. The Central Pier was built from cast iron supports with wooden planks. In the beginning, the pier was used for dancing, later the dance theaters were converted into other entertainment venues. The 33 m high Ferris wheel was set up in 1990.
The Blackpool Promenade is an almost 10 kilometer long riverside street with a tram line. The interesting part is the section between North Pier and South Pier. There is a wide pedestrian promenade, with wide stairs to the sea. The attractions line up on the quayside, like a string of pearls. Amusement parks, theaters, aquariums, wax museum, restaurants, cafes and tourist shops vie for customers with brightly colored facades. Horse-drawn carriages with colored glass ball cabins, drive up and down the promenade.
The North Pier opened in 1863, it is the oldest and with 500 meter also the longest pier in Blackpool. Unlike the two piers to the south, the North Pier focuses on adult customers. There is the Sunset Lounge, various bars and cafes, a beer garden, the Venetian Carousel and the North Pier Theater. At the end of the pier is a large panoramic terrace with a view on the Irish Sea and the Blackpool Tower.
Blackpool is a city with around 140,000 inhabitants. As the city lives from tourism, the center also aimes at visitors. But you can also find "normal" shops, banks, travel agencies and supermarkets. The center of Blackpool is quite small and is limited to a few streets. Birley Street (photo) and Church Street are partially designed as pedestrian zones.
St John's Church is the center of the city. The church tower is clearly towered over by the nearby Blackpool Tower. The church looks medieval but was built in 1878. The church is not a beauty, but as a contrast to the artificial environment, it fulfills its purpose. St John's Church stands on the only urban square in town.
The Winter Gardens complex stands opposite St John's Church. The event center with theaters and the legendary Empress Ballroom was opened in 1878. The Winter Gardens also have glass-covered passages with restaurants and shops. If you stay in Blackpool, you should take a look at the event calendar. Great artists perform here, because Blackpool attracts millions of guests every year.
Opened in 1893, South Pier is the youngest pier in Blackpool. The South Pier was planned as an entertainment venue from the start. Numerous rides make the pier a fairground for young and old. Shops and restaurants offer another reason to visit the Pier. The South Pier is right next to Blackpool's largest theme park called Pleasure Beach. There are roller coasters, a ghost train and many other attractions.