Location: FY1 4BJ, Lancashire, England
"Lots to do & extremely helpful staff…"
When we 1st decided to take our 3 children to Blackpool Tower we where concerned about our 6 year old son as he has Autism/Aspergers syndrome so we were worried he may get very stressed & panic if it was too busy as he can not be near to many people & is unable to stand in a queue for any length of time so we contacted the manager at the tower to see if they had a policy in place for children with additional needs & couldn't believe how helpful she was, she arranged everything for us! 1st we where fast tracked into the tower & straight to the ticket desk so no waiting in queues outside, we where then taken to watch the circus, the queues for the circus are usually very long but we where taken in through the side entrance away from everyone else & we got to choose our own seats before anyone else entered the circus we sat in a little balcony away from everyone so we could take our son outside for a rest if he got too stressed, the circus was amazing, very funny, lots going on that all the kids & the adults loved & even though we sat at the back we could see the whole of the circus ring perfectly, we then ventured to the top of the tower, my son was allowed to by-pass the 4d cinema (which you go through on the way to the tower lifts) as he would have had a sensory overload, however i did sneak back myself later on to watch it & found it amazing, you could even feel water splashing on you & the wind blowing, the lift attendant took us to the top of the tower by ourselves & told us to give her a shout when we where ready to go back down, the top of the tower was breath taking, on a clear day you can see for miles, i wasn't comfortable walking on the glass floor but everyone else seemed to be loving it, later on we went to Jungle Jims to let the kids have a play, again we where booked in to Jungle Jims at a time when the next circus show was on so it was empty with everyone else watching the circus, our children absolutely loved it, i was even allowed on to the play equipment to supervise my son if i felt i needed to, whilst i was with my children in Jungle Jims, my husband went to check out the Tower Dungeon, he said that people are actually called out to take part in the act with the actors & it's all very real & very scary too! in the evening we went to the Ballroom as they have family nights during the summer with kids disco, shows, games etc, we where worried that the lights & loud music might be to much for our sons senses but it wasn't, the music was just right, the lights where twinkling stars on a massive black curtain & the DJ was brilliant with the kids! he even managed to get my son on stage & gave him a little prize for being so brave! all 3 of my children love the tower & can't wait to go back again next week, the admission is pricey but you can find discount vouchers in newspapers etc to help bring the cost down plus it's much cheaper to book on line before the visit too, i just think it's lovely when an attraction recognises a disability and they really did bend over backwards to give all 3 of our children an amazing day.