We couldn't go to Blackpool without visiting their most famous attraction could we? Tickets to the Blackpool Tower eye and circus cost £20 per child and £16 per child if pre-booked online or we found it better value to use a Blackpool Resort Pass (£55 for 6 fab attractions) and add a circus ticket for £10 per adult or £8 per child - bargain!
4D Cinema Experience
Your trip to the top of the tower starts with an interactive 4D cinema experience which is a feast for all of your senses. Suitable for all ages, you will fly across the Irish Sea, watch the tower being built and experience the glitz and glamour of the ballroom through the years. The show lasts about 5 minutes and I must say I left feeling very nostalgic about it all and it really builds up the anticipation of your visit to the top of the tower.
Taking a trip 380 ft high to the top of the tower in the lift is almost an experience in itself. I managed to catch a sneaky video as we travelled up.
Taking your children to the top of the tower
Taking your children to the top of the tower can be daunting - my three have never been so high up and I didn't know how they'd react. I know it's completely safe but there is still always that nagging thought in the back of your mind too. I really did not need to worry though as there were super high walls around the tower and we were completely enclosed on the first level - I loved that the first viewing level had been designed with children in mind and actually had child-height viewing windows as this video below shows.
We just had to step out onto the 5cm thick glass viewing platform too - it actually wasn't as scary as I thought it would be and all five of us had a go.
You do have the option to climb another couple of levels even higher up which we did do - the staircases are steep and narrow though and it is a one way system so if your children are nervous this part of the experience may not be the best idea. Going a little higher doesn't add too much more to the experience and it is hard to take any decent photos once you are away from the main viewing level as there are lots of safety nets blocking the view and you can just peer through little gaps in the railings.
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
After spending about 30 minutes on top of the tower I was keen to find somewhere for a drink - we headed to the ballroom where the helpful gent on the door informed us there was a full bar. It was an additional £2.95 per adult to spectate (children were free) which wasn't too expensive. Unfortunately though we couldn't just 'pay on the door' and were asked to head back down to the entrance and join the ticket queue to buy a ticket and then head back up. This seemed like a lot of hassle just to buy a cup of coffee so we ended up just leaving and going somewhere else instead. I'm not always the most observant when out with three kids so I think it would be helpful if the additional cost to enter the ballroom is advised when you buy your initial tickets from the ticket office.
Blackpool Tower Circus
The Blackpool Tower Circus is located at the bottom of the tower. Tickets can be purchased separately or as part of various ticket deals. Ours were a bolt on to our resort pass and a bargain at £10 per adult and £8 per child. Seating is unreserved - we got there for about 15 minutes before the show started and managed to get a group of 5 seats together without a problem.
Photography is not permitted during the show which is a good thing for you as I wouldn't want to spoil anything. The show lasts 2 hours and features lots of laughs, truly death defying stunts, amazing tight-rope routines and a spectacular grand finale. Again, the circus was an attraction that our whole family from aged 4 to adult enjoyed. I liked how kids could join the stars in the arena to 'spin plates' in the interval, have their face painted (additional cost) and collect their favourite autographs. I must admit, I had to watch some of the show through my hands - it is definite edge of your seat stuff and a fantastic way to spend a family night out in Blackpool.
We are so pleased we climbed the top of the tower and visited the circus. It provided a full afternoon and night of entertainment for us. Next time we visit Blackpool we will definitely catch the circus again.