Best British piers that EVERYONE should visit

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Sep 16, 2014 by British Blog

Ryde Pier

Located on the Isle of Wight and opened in July 1814, Ryde Pier recently celebrated its 200th birthday to great appreciation. As a clear reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering, this impressive pier was the first of its kind to be built – sparking of a trend of seaside piers that was take the English coastlines by storm.

Still standing today, Ryde Pier is an obvious location for anyone looking to visit important British landmarks this year … but what other piers can you not afford to miss? 

 

Brighton Pier

This entertainment paradise continues to draw impressive crowds each and every year and is an obvious starting point for our list. Around 3 million people visit this pier every year with the arcade at the end of its boards hosting a variety of games and machines for all ages. 

What’s particularly impressive about this pier is its location. In the background, visitors will be able to see the twisted and burned wreck of Brighton Pier which was once a popular haunt but is now a spooky legacy of a time passed. 

 

Southend-on-Sea

Based in Essex, the pier at Southend-on-Sea is famous for being the UK’s longest pier. The structure extends for more than 2km into the Thames Estuary to offer impressive views and a unique experience.

A single-track rail line runs the entire length of the pier to make it a lone feature of the coastline but there is a strong history behind the area too. Back in the Second World War, an American ship – SS Richard Montgomery – ran aground nearby and visitors can still view the wreckage at low tide.

 

Cromer 

Located in the North Sea, Cromer Pier has stood proudly in the water since 1901. Although it is nowhere near as long as Southend-on-Sea Pier, measuring only 150m, it does have many other attractions that draw visitors in.

Perhaps the most well-known of these is the Pavilion Theatre which remains intact at the end of the boards. Hosting the last End of the Pier Show in Europe and a full calendar of comedies, variety performances and dance acts throughout the year, it is an obvious choice for anyone seeking some summer entertainment at the seaside.

  

Blackpool

No list of the best British piers would be complete without a reference to Blackpool and its famous structure. The area is actually home to three piers but the most popular is undoubtedly Blackpool Central Pier.

Nicknamed the “fun pier”, it is here that visitors can enjoy a range of entertainment activities and attractions, such as the 108ft high Ferris Wheel which has been giving people a bird’s eye view of the landscape since 1990. 

 

Clevedon 

For those hoping to travel to the West Country, Clevedon Pier is one attraction which cannot be missed. More than 140 years old, this wrought iron pier was constructed from leftover material from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s broad-gauge South Railway and is the only Grade-I listed pier which remains intact in the UK.

Although this pier doesn’t offer the arcades and entertainment facilities of some of the others, it is a renowned sunset spot and contains a highly informative heritage centre and attractive art gallery that’s perfect for culture vultures.