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Brighton Pier

The entrance to Brighton Pier
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Brighton Pier is a typical Victorian seaside landmark which remains an icon of this popular south coast resort.

The long metal trestle supports the grand white domed pavilion and a variety of fairground attractions, roller coaster rides, bars and the Palace of Fun Arcade.

Brighton Pier viewed from the beach at sunset
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Situated opposite the Sea Life Centre and close to the Brighton Wheel on the promenade, Brighton Pier is hard to miss.

It is currently free to access and enjoy a stroll.

The best-known highlights are the Palm Court Fish Restaurant and the two bars: Horatio's Bar and Victoria's Bar which both have live music, TVs and a beer garden.

The pier stretches for 1,722 feet (525 metres) and its many fans claim it is the finest pier ever built.

The remains of the West Pier in Brighton at twilight
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It has certainly outlived its competition which included the derelict West Pier, which was closed in 1975, and the Chain Pier which was dismantled in 1896.

Brighton Pier History

Now known as the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, it first opened to cater for the demands of the Victorian day trippers from London in 1899, although construction was not completed until 1901.

Brighton Pier viewed from below at sunset
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It offered a place to stroll out over the waves and enjoy some healthy sea air, games and food stalls.

No expense was spared and it cost £27,000 to build; a record at that time.

Once the pier concert hall was completed there were shows and entertainment. They were so popular that a theatre was added in 1911 for slightly more upmarket entertainment.

Brighton Pier at night with name showing up in red lights
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A Ferris Wheel was added in 1932 when the pier was extended and widened.

Entertainers such as Dick Emery and Tommy Trinder were popular acts during the early 1970s but the theatre was closed permanently after a barge damage the pier head during a storm in 1973.

Brighton Pier at night with the funfair illuminated by bright lights
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The pier was damaged by fire in 2003 but has since been wonderfully restored and is now a Grade 2 listed building of significant architectural interest.

Brighton Pier Rides

Brighton Pier is a mini theme park with several exciting rides for those who want to be launched from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, or dropped from a height of 124 feet (38 metres).

Brighton Pier in the Autumn
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More sedate children's rides are also part of the funfair.

The Palace of Fun Arcade has slot machines and traditional arcade games where you can test your skills at driving or shooting.

Brighton Pier Entertainment

Brighton Pier continues to entertain after dark with karaoke in the Glitter Ball Bar and plenty of music, drinks and live entertainment.

Panorama of Brighton Pier at sunset
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The pier restaurant claims to serve the best fish and chips in Brighton, and undisputedly has the best sea views.

Other fast food options can be found in the Brighton Pier Food Court.

Water slide at Brighton Pier on a sunny day.
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As well as seagulls, you may spot porpoises and dolphins frolicking just offshore.

Those looking for an old–fashioned summer holiday people-watching from a striped deckchair with an ice cream in one hand and some colourful postcards in the other will find that Brighton Pier is the perfect place for reliving fond memories of simpler times.

The attractions on Brighton Pier viewed from the sea end
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Those looking for wild rides and lively bars are equally well catered for at this very British institution.

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By Road
The nearest major road is the M23 to Brighton. Once in Brighton, follow the A23 to the town centre and then the seafront.

By Rail
Nearest train station is Brighton.

Brighton Pier Postcode for SatNav: BN2 1TW


01273 609361

Madeira Drive
East Sussex

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