Today Year 6 started our Victorian Blackpool topic with our first trip to Blackpool Tower.
We began our day worrying that the trip would be called off due to some horrible rainy weather! Thankfully it stopped and we were able to walk to the tower at 10 O’Clock.
Our first stop was the Tower eye. Here we watched a 4D video about the tower and then squeezed all 33 of us into a lift to the top (check out the lift selfie!) At the top it was a great view and with the weather calming down we could walk up to the – very windy – upper levels!
The walk worked up an appetite so we had an early lunch and then went to watch people ballroom dancing in the Tower Ballroom.
After lunch we had a lesson that taught us about Victorian times and how Blackpool has changed throughout the last centuries, especially the tower. We also learned some important facts:
- Blackpool Tower was opened to the public on 14 May 1894.
- It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris
- It is 158 metres (518 feet) tall
- It is the 100th tallest tower in the world.
- When the tower opened, 3,000 customers took the first rides to the top.
- Tourists paid sixpence for admission, sixpence more for a ride in the lifts to the top, and a further sixpence for the circus
- In 1940, during the Second World War, the tower was used as a Royal Air Force radar station and was known as RAF Tower
Our final part of the day was a trip to the Tower Dungeons! Here some of us were a lot more scared than others! Well done though as no-one backed out and we all made it to the other end together! Along the way Mr Wing (Mr Wink), Mrs Whitmore, Oliver and Alfie where chosen to take part in the acts which made us laugh lots!
Did you enjoy the trip? What was your favourite part? Do you learn any other facts about the tower that I can add to the blog post?