Seaside piers no doubt evoke nostalgic memories of family holidays in the British summertime, with the pier being just as typical of a British coastal holiday as fish and chips. Whether you prefer to experience their penny arcades and fun fairs, explore their quirky museums and galleries, or merely to admire their Victorian heritage, piers all over the British coastline have something to offer everyone. Here we provide a breakdown of what may just be the best piers in Britain.
Clevedon Pier is probably best known for its elegance, and is the only pier that is Grade I listed. Built in the 1860s, the pier was made using discarded wrought iron from Brunel’s broad gauge South Wales Railway, and is every bit as beautiful as the sunsets behind it. If you’re interested in its history, wandering through the pier’s museums and galleries will bring you up to date.
It’s not common to have an entire theatre that’s built on legs and surrounded by water, but Cromer Pier has just that. The Pavilion Theatre can house an audience of around 500 and produces an in-house show twice a year, featuring talented dancers, singers, magicians and comedians.
With a 108ft Ferris wheel and a show featuring tribute acts to the likes of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, it’s no wonder why Central Pier is considered the ‘fun’ pier. Fun isn’t the only focus, though, as there is even an adults-only area where you can enjoy a drink or two in front of panoramic views of the coastline.
An interesting feature of this pier is the underwater camera which has a live feed to a screen in the gift shop where you can watch as Pollack, pipefish and eels swim across. The unusual curved pier is also a platform for climbing aboard the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.
Although this pier is much more structurally modern after its 2002 refurbishment, you can still find a bit of history at the head where you can spend time on the penny pushers. If you can’t bear to walk the 1000 meter stretch that makes it Britain’s second longest pier, there is a road train that runs from one end to the other.
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