We survived Blackpool Tower!

As a kid, I knew as soon as you could see Blackpool tower, that we were almost there. The butterflies would develop in your tummy and you knew that so much fun was waiting to be had. From the sandy beaches, the donkey rides, amusement arcades, countless seaside food establishments and so much more. Now, that I am the parent, with my own children it’s just as exciting for them when they spot to tower in the distance. 

On this particular visit to Blackpool, whilst staying at the lovely Marton Mere Haven resort. We were kindly gifted some Big Blackpool tickets to help us see more of what Blackpool can offer. And on this particular day, we had planned to do everything we possibly could inside the Blackpool tower. As a child I always thought it was just a tower, that you couldn’t go inside – but how wrong I was and how excited my children were. 

Our first stop was the 4D cinema which was an exciting experience. Especially as a pre-top-of-the-tower attraction. We learned a few new things about Blackpool & the infamous tower and the 4D effects were mindblowing. They made the visual experience seem so realistic – from the water spray, the wind in our hair and even the rumbling of the bar we leant up against. Next stop, the top of the tower!

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We all huddled into a glass elevator {which felt very Willy Wonka to, well, all of us!} and we watched the structure of the tower as we went higher & higher. Exiting the lift at the top was a daunting experience, more so because there was the infamous glass floor just 5ft away from walking out. It’s a sight that really does take your breath away – in more ways than one. 
Summoning the courage to actually step onto the 5cm toughened glass floor was difficult. It’s not something your body will allow you to do and it is very much so, a mind over matter experience. But we did it! We all admired the stunning views from every angle that we could. 
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Disclaimer: We were supplied with two Big Blackpool tickets to atted these attractions in return for a review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. 

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  1. Hannah J
    08/07/2014 / 7:58 AM

    I’ve been a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan for ages so when Chris said we were going to stay just outside Blackpool for our family holiday last year I was do stupidly excited about going to the Tower Ballroom if possible. During the summer hols they do family fun evenings so although they were aimed at children younger than our Foster Son we went for part of the evening. And it might have only been the Cha Cha Slide but I can now claim that I’ve danced at The Tower Ballroom lol.

    We did the Dungeon and the Tower (possibly the same day….?) we had one of those tickets that covers about 3 or 4 different places around the Tower. I love the “piazza” opposite with the comedy catchphrases on it. The boys were fed up with me – I grew up on a lot of older comedy like The Goons, Morecambe and Wise and (once old enough!) Monty Python. All of which I think appear on it and so I spent ages taking photos and trying to tell them what happens and why.

    We went to the Tower, we really enjoyed the 4D cinema – there’s a similar one at The Beatles Story in Liverpool so we did two in one week! I agree about the affects. I can’t watch 3D films as they give me headaches (a combination of having an astigmatism and the way my brain decides what it’s seeing I think) but both this 4D one and the Liverpool one I had no issues at all and you say the 3D effects are so much better.

    It did seem to take ages for the elevator to come when we were there but I think it was just busy as it was the school holidays.

    Our Sidekick and I some how ended up there before Chris but I can’t remember why. Our Sidekick hates bridges so I didn’t expect him to go out on the glass. It was totally his decision but I knew that I had to do it, partially to prove it was okay but also to prove something to myself. I decided to lie down on the glass instead of stand so I sort of sat down at the “edge” then shimmy into a lying down post (this would definitely be one of my before pictures – I had been doing Slimming World less than 3 weeks when we were in Blackpool and I hate the pictures that were taken of me. Anyway that’s another comment for another day lol.

    I agree that everything in you tells you standing on this piece of glass is completely insane but there’s a thrill about it too.

    We went up to the extra levels and took some pictures. Turns out one of the Channel 4 idents is of the Blackpool sky line but it was only when we’d been up the tower and then seen it again on the TV did we put two and two together.

  2. Bethan Sian
    08/07/2014 / 8:51 AM

    O wow!!!! I really want to go up there one day!! Hopefully very soon. I know my eldest would be really scared but hopefully older she gets the better she will be ha ha! xx

  3. The Reading Residence
    08/07/2014 / 9:30 AM

    Wow! I’ve been up the Eifeel Tower and Empire State, which were amazing, but they didn’t have that glass floor, which I think would totally freak me out!

  4. Mummy's Blog
    08/07/2014 / 11:13 AM

    The 4D cinema sounds really good, but the glass floor? Eeeek! That would be a bit too much for me to deal with I think! x

  5. Kim Carberry
    08/07/2014 / 11:59 AM

    Oh my….That glass floor….No way would you get me up there…lol

  6. thesoupdragon44
    08/07/2014 / 7:32 PM

    You were brave, and you can see for miles on a clear day. We took our boy there last year and we loved it too, such a great place to go on holiday!

  7. Kate Fever
    08/07/2014 / 7:56 PM

    Oh my word. You are SO brave, I just couldn’t do it! I love your face in the photo lol. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  8. 08/07/2014 / 9:41 PM

    That tower looks SO HIGH!!! I don’t like it! x

  9. 08/07/2014 / 9:49 PM

    I did the skywalk too and it’s so scary up there. It makes it worse knowing it’s just glass, although very tough glass. It felt like I was going to fall through it. Very brave getting those pictures.
    #triedtested

  10. Jai @ Kiddy Reviews
    13/07/2014 / 11:15 AM

    How fantastic! I’ve never been to Blackpool but have done a similar thing in Canada at the CN tower. Scary and exciting in equal measure! I have brought the Britmums review round up back and think this would be a lovely review to share with other mums and dads. Would be great if you could add this to the linky over there http://www.britmums.com/2014/07/reviews-round-back/

  11. bloggermummylauren
    26/09/2014 / 8:15 PM

    I used to go to Blackpool every autumn to see the illuminations as a child. Have been up the tower a few times, although Las time I went it only had one bit of glass floor and looked quite different to that. It didn’t bother me back them but I’ve developed a fear of heights since then so not sure I could be so brave, not even sure I would go to top if I went again. Well done you!xx

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