End of the pier: 8 of the UK’s finest promenades

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Britain’s beach piers are some of the best places from which to bid the summer season adieu.

Britain’s beach piers are some of the best places from which to bid the summer season adieu. Offering lovely views and top attractions, these family-friendly destinations draw millions of visitors to the seaside every year.

Brighton Pier, England
The dodgems and carousel and all the fun of the fair. Photo: steve p2008

Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton’s famous pier has jutted into the waters of the English Channel since 1899. These days, the sparkling carousel and the crashing dodgems offer some exhilarating family fun.

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Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Southend Pier. Photo: dimercaprol1

Southend Pier

The longest pier in Britain, Southend-on-Sea’s structure stretches almost a mile and a half – long enough to have its own train line! The 19th century pier hosts a museum for those looking for a spot of history, whilst the Royal Pavilion features regular outdoor concerts.

Best piers in Britain
The Central Pier. Photo: xiiadicus

Central Pier

One of Britain’s classic piers, Blackpool’s Central Pier still attracts hordes of holiday crowds each year. Though it may not be the luxury seaside resort town it was in the 19th century, Blackpool is still beloved for its famous Big Wheel and a number of other family attractions.

Bournemouth Pier
Photo: Reemul

Bournemouth Pier

With its stunning views across Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth Pier was a particularly popular seaside spot for 19th century holidaymakers. These days, its offerings include a traditional theatre, boat rides, and even a heritage trail.

Clevedon Pier, Somerset
Clevedon Pier. Photo: khrawlings

Clevedon Pier

Clevedon offers a gorgeous glimpse into the past. Its classic ironwork construction, which dates to 1869, is itself a draw, while the pier also holds fun and historic events all year long – we like the Marine Lake Festival Weekend, which starts today.

Southwold Pier, Suffolk
Southwold. Photo: Cathedral City Guide

Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier is one of the most stylish in all of the British Isles, offering gourmet snacks, high-end boutiques, and arts and crafts shops. The unique ‘Under the Pier Show’ includes a traditional amusement arcade that will keep young ones entertained.

Bangor Pier, Wales
Photo: The Ancient Brit.

Bangor Pier

Wales’ Bangor Pier was saved from destruction in 1975, and has since been restored to its original, ornate Victorian architecture. The second-longest pier in Wales (after Llandudno Pier), Bangor offers lovely coastal views in a tranquil setting.

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight
Photo: Captain Ted

Ryde Pier

Those journeying to the Isle of Wight shouldn’t miss the chance to stop by Ryde Pier, which dates to the 19th century. The pier is delightful for those hunting down nostalgia, particularly as it’s still served by London Underground train cars from the 1930s.

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End of the pier: 8 of the UK’s finest promenades was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Claire Bullen
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