BLACKPOOL TOWER – THE TOWER BALLROOM AND THE FAMOUS CIRCUS
Blackpool Tower was first opened to the public on 14th May 1894. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it is 518 feet tall and is currently the 120th tallest free-standing tower in the world.
Each of the four legs of the Tower rest on concrete foundations 35ft square and 12 feet deep. The Tower alone contains 2,493 tons of steel and 93 tons of cast iron.
The Tower and the Tower Buildings cost approximately £290,000 to build and it takes seven years to paint the Tower’s structure from top to bottom.
The Tower Circus also opened on 14th May 1894. Admission was 6d and the Circus has never missed a season since.
The Circus is famous for its resident Clowns, the most famous being Charlie Cairoli.
The Tower Ballroom is world famous for its unique sprung floor and spectacular architecture and remains to this day a destination for dance fans from around the world.
The first Wurlitzer organ was installed in the Ballroom in 1929. It was replaced in 1935 with one built to Reginald Dixon’s design. Reg Dixon, apart from his time in the RAF during World War Two played the Wurlitzer Organ from 1930 until his retirement in 1969.
Only 9.1 miles (approx. 25 minutes) by car from Merlewood
Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ