The Blackpool Tower
The Blackpool Tower reopens to the public on 1 September after a 10-month restoration project. We bring you some archive images of the tower and those who have worked there over the past 117 years
The Blackpool Tower is one of Blackpool's top visitor attractions, welcoming over 650,000 people every year. It has played host to a number of celebrity appearances in its 117 year history – including Arthur Askey, Duke Ellington, Paderewski, Dame Clara Butt, Cleo Laine, Peter Dawson – but has also seen its fair share of problems, such as fire and lightning strikes.
The tower reopens to the public on 1 September following a 10-month restoration programme and sees a number of additions, including a 4.15 tonne glass floor and new floor to ceiling glass observation platform, which will run along an entire side of The Blackpool Tower Eye, providing views out to the Irish Sea.
Blackpool Tower in numbers:
- There are 563 steps from the roof of the tower building to the flagpole at the tower top.
- Before making way for the tower dungeon, the largest tank in the Aquarium held 32,000 litres of salt water.
- 30,602 separate blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut make up the ballroom floor.
- The tower is illuminated by 10,000 lightbulbs.
- The tower top is closed if the wind speed exceeds 45 miles per hour.
From 1 September, entrance to The Blackpool Tower is free (tower attractions will still charge a fee). You can find out more about the tower and its history at The Blackpool Tower website.