Blackpool’s Merlin attractions including Tower, Sea-Life, Sandcastle and Madame Tussauds will close for Queen’s funeral


A number of Blackpool attractions are set to close for the Queen’s funeral.

Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Sea-Life Centre, Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Blackpool Sandcastle Water Park and the Central, South and North Piers are all due to close as a mark of respect to Her Majesty, who died on September 8 at age 96 years old.

Attractions will be closed on Monday, September 19, then reopen as normal on Tuesday, September 20.

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A statement from Merlin Entertainments, which owns The Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Sea-Life Centre, Madame Tussauds Blackpool and Sandcastle Water Park, said: “After the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II SEA LIFE Blackpool joins millions of mourners at across the UK and the world paying tribute.

“To mark the passing of Her Majesty and to allow our guests and staff to pay their respects during this time of national mourning, we will be closed on the day of the State Funeral on Monday 19 September. We will reopen the following day, Tuesday 20 september.

“For more information, including how to manage your booking, please visit our website.”

Blackpool Zoo will also close. The announcement of the closure via a statement on Facebook, which read: “As a sign of respect, Blackpool Zoo will be closed on the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Monday 19th September 2022.

“If you purchased tickets for this date, you will receive an email from us with your options.”

On September 9, Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “Blackpool Pleasure Beach will remain open during the period of national mourning for HM Queen Elizabeth II. Our shows and events will continue, with a show of respect before the curtain rises on each representation.”

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