Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting one of Blackpool’s most well known attractions – Madame Tussauds.

20130730-185033.jpg. We were provided with some free complimentary tickets; enough for four people (Izebella was free as she is under three).
Blackpool is approximately 50 minutes away by train and obviously much quicker by car. Madame Tussauds is very easy to find. If you walk straight along the promenade it is more or less opposite Central Pier.
I had never been before and both Ryan and Jordanna were very excited to see what it was like. I met up with a friend of mine who happens to live in Blackpool (very handy). We arrived at Tussauds just after 11am. There was no queue which I was quite surprised at considering its school holidays.

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There are lots of rooms at the attraction all full of different famous wax figures and I have to say the majority look very life like. There are several floors to explore all easy accessible by stairs or lifts if you have a pram or wheelchair. There is also a handy buggy park near entrance where you can leave bags and buggies (at own risk).
After entering Tussauds we were first greeted with a host of celebrity wax figures with a “Big Night In” theme. Figures such as Susan Boyle, Keith Lemon, X factor judges and Jeremy Kyle.

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20130730-191847.jpg. Lots of others to explore on this floor too and kids were already enjoying themselves.

20130730-191957.jpg. There seemed to be lots of sign posts around telling you which way to go forward just incase you got lost. Next we saw some some “Crime Drama Characters such as David Frost, Helen Mirren and there was also a game to play, this was followed by “Lifestyle TV” area featuring a certain well known fashion guru among other recognisable faces.

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“I’m a Celebrity” zone featured none other than a very real looking Ant & Dec and a rackety bridge with hell holes on the other side. Kids seemed brave enough stick their hands in.

20130730-192701.jpg. Along the way were a few “Docu Drama” characters the newest being Bear Grylls star of Born Survivor – this highly fun interactive set includes the character his self aswell as a specially created rock formation.
After this was a whole parade of sporting wax figures which my son Ryan seemed to enjoy.

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20130730-193006.jpg. Yes we found Gary Lineker, Beckham, Rooney, Tiger woods and lots of other famous faces.
Onto Coronation Street and a replica Rovers return to sit in if your feeling tired followed by a glittering concert hall of music stars and a bash on a real drum kit by Ryan.

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20130730-193316.jpg. Give us a kiss Deidre!!
See if you recognise any of these stars?

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We entered a Behind the Scenes room which had information about Tussauds and how the figures were made. There was an opportunity to buy wax hands and I think they are about Β£8 each but we passed on this.
There was still a lot more to see – Best of British with a few well known Royals and British actors and Comedy too.

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Jordanna absolutely loved the Family Favourites area containing a large 7ft Shrek and other quirky TV loveables.

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We had a great time walking around and looking at all the wax figures it was an enjoyable experience. I’d say it probably takes about 45 minutes to walk around and look at everything. There are several activities scattered around – games and puzzles which kids can take part in and whilst we were there a talk by a survival skills expert.
We had a great time at this attraction.
For more information or to purchase online tickets please visit MadameTussauds Blackpool
The attraction is great for all ages young and old and I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful too.
There is a gift shop on the way out which didn’t seem too expensive and areas throughout Tussauds where you can get professional group photos taken.

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