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’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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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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