5 Best Piers to Visit All Year Round

One of the best things about living on an island is the sheer number of beautiful coastlines on offer. When the Victorian age brought in new railways and infrastructure, people began flocking to the coast for relaxation and recuperation, a tradition which many still uphold today. As seaside towns became tourist destinations, the Victorians also introduced piers, structures extending out into the sea so that holidaymakers could still view the sea, even when the tide was out. We love the history behind these sea-dwelling constructions so we have come up with a list of some of the best piers in Britain; 

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1. Bournemouth Pier

Along with stunning sandy beaches, Bournemouth has a beautiful Victorian Pier, first opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1880. Surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants and the recently refurbished Pier Approach, this pier shows no signs of slowing down in its old age. The theatre has recently been converted to an indoor activity centre, Rock Reef, which boasts climbing walls, aerial obstacle courses and the world’s first ever pier-to-shore zipwire . 

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2. Worthing Pier  

The thirteenth pier to be constructed in Britain, this structure was officially opened by Sir Robert Rawlinson in 1862 and since then has been hit by its fair share of disasters over the years.  From being battered by a heavy storm in 1913, to being ravaged by a fire in 1933, it has undergone some redevelopment, however it continues to bring enjoyment to visitors and residents alike. The Southern Pavilion has recently been converted into a café, perfect for sunny afternoons watching the tide. 

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3. Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare

Originally built in 1903, the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has also seen a number of setbacks over the years but is now home to a state-of-the-art indoor theme park. Featuring the only laser maze in the UK, Formula 1 simulators, GoKarts, the Crystal Maze, Robocoaster, 27 bars, shops and restaurants, a 4D cinema and an Edwardian tea room, there is something to please all generations in this fantastically modern take on the traditional pier.  And with free admission, what have you got to lose?! 

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4. North Pier, Blackpool

One of 3 piers in Blackpool, the North Pier is the oldest and has a Grade II listing. Featuring an Indian Pavilion, a beautiful theatre and carousel bar and traditional amusement arcades, this pier is one not to miss. Hosting a wide range of craft beers for Oktoberfest along with comedy and pantomimes, this intricate structure continues to provide merriment for locals and tourists alike. 

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5. Llandudno Pier, Wales

Situated between Bangor and Colwyn Bay, this marvellous pier is the longest in Wales and, unusually, has two entrances. Its Edwardian good looks have landed it location slots in 2002’s The Forsyte Sage as well as a Volkswagen advert. Enjoy a drink at the café or bar, peruse the souvenirs in the gift shops or check out Leisure Island, open all year round. 

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Posted by Brian Skidmore
1st November 2016

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