Richer to the tune of £1.60 we move on to the Blackpool Tower complex. If you’re looking for Vegas equivalents then the Blackpool Tower complex is the jackpot. Upstairs is the Blackpool Tower Circus (the closest thing to Vegas’s Cirque du Soleil), next door is the Tower Ballroom (a glamorously ornate chamber echoing with faded grandeur) and below is the Blackpool Tower Dungeon (an English take on the Mob tours of Las Vegas, complete with comedy gore). And then, of course, there’s the tower itself.
While Vegas has its own mini Eiffel Tower inside the Paris Las Vegas hotel (half the size of the original), it is dwarfed by Blackpool’s iconic monument. Following a £20 million investment, it’s looking better than ever. There’s the Blackpool Tower Skywalk, a glass viewing platform where, much like the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk, visitors can experience the thrill of looking down from 158 metres. Looking out to sea on a clear day it offers views of the Isle of Man, and even if the weather’s not all that great (I doubt if it ever gets cloudy in Vegas), you’ll always be afforded views of Blackpool’s most recent addition and answer to Las Vegas’s Walk of Stars, the Comedy Carpet. At 2,200 square metres, featuring 160,000 individually cut letters spelling out famous one-liners from much-loved British comedians, it’s certain to become a Blackpool favourite.
It would be easy to continue with the Vegas comparisons without risking scraping the bottom of the (beach) bucket. I could compare the thrills of the Vegas Adventuredome theme park with those of Blackpool’s famous Pleasure Beach. Or the stars of The Las Vegas Madame Tussaud’s with those of Blackpool’s.
Its clear Blackpool has a ridiculous amount to offer, but can it really compete with Las Vegas? If you’re there on a scorching day I think you may well be having too good a time to care.
As for Claire and me, having tasted only a fraction of what Blackpool has to offer, I can safely say that while we might still feel tired all the time, it’s good to know that we’ve still (just about) got it.
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