Is Blackpool Tower open today?

Blackpool Tower bosses have released a statement following yesterday's fire.

Thursday, 8th March 2018, 8:46 am
Updated Thursday, 8th March 2018, 11:25 am
Emergency services at the Tower yesterday

The popular attraction will open at 10am today, it was confirmed, with those unable to finish their visit yesterday 'welcome to return today for free entry'.


Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The statement, released online, said: "Thank you for your kind messages and posts, the team at The Blackpool Tower really appreciate it.

"Yesterday we encountered a small fire at The Blackpool Tower which led to an evacuation.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused but the safety of our guests and staff is obviously always our number one priority

"The Blackpool Tower WILL OPEN TODAY at 10am.

"The Blackpool Tower Eye opening times are yet TBC [to be confirmed]. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for updates on this particular attraction.

"Anyone who was not able to complete their visit yesterday due to the fire is very welcome to return today for free entry."

Kate Shane from Merlin, which runs the Tower, said the Blackpool Tower Eye is set to open later today once electrical boards - damaged by water - are replaced.

She said seven tourists and five members of staff were kept at the top as a precaution yesterday.

The visitors included two couples from Scotland, who were given drinks and chocolate while they waited for the elevator shaft to be cleared of smoke.

"The building was handed back by the fire brigade this morning," Kate said.

"They are happy with the evacuation process and the way the team handled the situation, and I'm very proud of them as well."