An true icon of the North, the Blackpool Tower rises to 518 feet 9 inches and has been an imposing figure on the Lancashire skyline for 118 years.
In 1889 Mayor John Bickerstaffe had a desire to build a new landmark within the Lancashire area. Upon visiting the Eiffel Tower he gained inspiration to build the Blackpool Tower. The tower took 3 years to build and was constructed with 2,500 tonnes of iron and 93 tonnes of cast steel.
Blackpool Tower officially opened to the public on the 14th May 1894 still attracts thousands of tourists each year. The main attractions include the Blackpool Tower’s eye, the Tower’s ballroom and the Tower’s circus.
Blackpool Tower is also a proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers and is a Grade 1 listed building.
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