Make a day at the seaside extra special by visiting one of our great British piers!
1. The most amusing…
Blackpool Central Pier
Opened in 1868, it was famous before World War II for open-air dancing, and now it’s home to a 32m-high big wheel and various fairground rides. Kiss Me…quick!
2. The best bird display…
Arrive at sunset to watch the free nightly display as the resident flock of starlings whoop and soar across the sky before taking to their roost under the pier. What a spectacle!
3. The longest…
At 2,158m (1.34 miles) long, piers don’t get any longer this! And if that seems to far to walk, just take the train instead! When you get to the end, visit the cafe, which has found fame on TV chef Jamie Oliver and farmer Jimmy Doherty’s TV show, Friday Night Feast.
4. The oldest…
Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight
Opened in July 1814, this pier has just celebrated its 200th birthday. So if you fancy a little island hopping, board a ferry in Portsmouth, then get out and onto the train at the end of the pier for the short trip into town.
5. The best for fishing…
Along with rides and amusements, ten pin bowling and boat trips, Clacton Pier is great for a spot of sea fishing. Summer or winter, just turn up with your rods, pay £6 for a day permit and have a go at catching your tea!
6. The most modern…
Weston super Mare Pier
The pier at this west country resort has burnt down twice, but after the last time in 2008, a new ‘indoor theme park’ has risen from the ashes to house a two-level 1000ft go-kart track, Britain’s smallest roller coaster and a 4D cinema. Perfect for those inevitable wet-weather days!
Have you visited any of these great British piers?