The boys have been off school for just under a week. The weather hasn’t been all that great but we decided that we would bite the bullet and organise a trip to the seaside for the day. We live in West Yorkshire and we are roughly in the middle of Scarborough and Blackpool – it is about an hour and a half to each, so we decided that we would have a change of scenery and visit Blackpool for the day.
As we were at the seaside we did the usual things that tourists do – well it would be rude not to right? we ate ice cream, fish and chips, had a walk along one of the many proms, the kids had a ride on the merry go round and had a play on the 2p slot machines in an arcade. James even came away with a giant Minion toy that he won in a grabber machine.
Whilst in Blackpool we visited the famous Madame Tussauds. I have always wanted to visit (although I do have a slight fear about shop dummies). It is the only Madame Tussauds in the UK, outside of London, and features 15 highly interactive zones and experiences. Zones include Music, Comedy, Crime Drama, Best of British, Sports and Blackpool Pier complete with its own hall of Mirrors.
When we arrived at Madame Tussauds I wasn’t really sure what to expect. As it was a Bank Holiday weekend it was quite busy, having said this we could still get around easily enough and we could get up-close and personal to all the waxworks that we wanted too. As you can see I enjoyed myself as a guest on the Jeremy Kyle Show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and with the Two Ronnies.
The attraction offers you the ultimate celebrity experience and sends you on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous life-like wax figures. I was so surprised as to how lifelike they really are and not at all creepy like I had imagined they would be. We had a really great time and the boys said it was one of the best places they had been too. My favourite waxworks have to be Bear Grylls, Freddie Mercury, Peter Andre, The Beatles, Alan Carr and Susan Boyle, in fact, I could go on and on as there are so many.
You can also find out how the wax figures are made and you even get the chance to make your very own wax handprint. One thing I loved about our time at Madame Tussauds is that you take as many pictures as you want. These are just a few of the ones we took.For those of you who like a drink, you can also enjoy a pint in the Rovers Return. Here you can see some of Coronation Street’s best-loved characters including Jack and Vera Duckworth, Bet Lynch and Hilda Ogden. I really liked that there was plenty of facilities within Madame Tussauds. The toilets were plentiful and very clean. There were a lot of steps to navigate but there were provisions for disabled visitors and visitors with pushchairs / small children.
Admission into Madame Tussauds costs £15.95 for an adult, £12.95 for a child or £52 for a family ticket ( 2 adults, 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children) if you pay on the day you go, however, if you book online before you visit you can save 20%. Whilst waiting to go inside Madame Tussauds I noticed that you could buy a pass that allowed you to visit other attractions in Blackpool (The Sealife Centre, The Dungeons, The Tower) you can choose from two, three or seven attractions. This is a great idea if you are a large family or if you are staying for a few days and had planned to visit the attractions as it would save you a lot of money and again if you booked this online you could save even more money (50% on the 7 attraction pass).
We had a great day and would definitely go back again. In all, we spent about an hour and a half in Madame Tussauds which we thought was plenty. There are opportunities to have professional photos taken which you can purchase at the end of your trip, here you will also find the gift shop.
If you are visiting Blackpool anytime soon then Madame Tussauds is definitely worth a visit.
*We were given free admission to Madame Tussauds in order to write this post – all thoughts and opinions expressed in this piece are my own*