Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ghost Aquariums--Blackpool Aquarium

An aquarium at the base of the Blackpool Tower was the oldest part of the Tower structure and was part of  Dr. Cockers Menagerie and Aquarium(later the Tower Menagerie) in the 1870's.  It was kept open to earn revenue while the tower building went up around it. The aquarium interior was modeled on the limestone caverns in Derbyshire.   It housed 57 different species of fresh water and salt water fish and the largest tank held 32,000 liters/8,500 gallons of salt water.
The aquarium closed permanently at the end of the 2010 season and will be completely remodeled to make way for a new "Dungeons" attraction.  This is part of the investment by the Merlin Group, who took over the operation of the Tower at the end of the 2010 season on behalf of new owners Blackpool Council.

BBC News - Blackpool Tower Aquarium to be replaced by dungeon


Interior  1899

Blackpool Aquarium 2009.  This is what is being replaced by a dungeon and torture museum.    Go figure.....I sympathize with today's modern "showman" in trying to figure out what it is people want to see.

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