Brighton Pier

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Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier is a wonderful example of a Victorian British seaside pleasure pier, built as a testament to just how proud Britain was at that point and how entertainment began to be taken seriously and viewed as something, which should be available to many.Officially known as the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, it has stood as a beacon, jutting out into the sea, since it opened in 1899 (although it wasn’t actually completed until 1901), when pleasure was a simple walk along the pier, with games and food along with exhilarating sea air to stimulate the senses.A concert hall was also provided; where shows were performed, bringing entertainment to the masses, but this was updated to a theatre by 1911, thus bringing a slightly more upmarket feel to the Pier.

As it looks today, the Pier is a classic example of Victorian architecture, making it of significant architectural interest.It is now a Grade 2* Listed Building, which means that the façade and the internal aspects of the building have to be preserved and any works done have to be appropriate and in keeping with the original appearance of the pier.Although damaged extensively by fire in 2003, it has been lovingly restored and refurbished.

It is a staggering 1,722 feet in length and many claim that it is one of the finest piers ever built; if not the finest.Yet throughout its life it has evolved and changed to suit the needs of its visitors.By as early as 1932 a Ferris Wheel had been incorporated and the pier was both lengthened and its promenade widened, meaning that it became even grander and more of a tourist attraction.

Brighton Pier

 

One of the most interesting aspects of the Pier is that it became very popular after rail travel became more affordable for the working classes, many of whom could come down from London for the day, or even if they were lucky, to stay over for a day or two.Given the abject poverty which many people lived in and the poor levels of sanitation and the levels of industrial pollution in London, Brighton became its lungs and there was a great belief that the sea air was beneficial for people and where better to get that sea air than to have a leisurely walk up and down the pier?So a trip to Brighton, a walk down the pier, perhaps taking in a show and just enjoying the sea side nature of the whole experience, became something that people aspired to and it undoubtedly did lead to many people having the chance to breathe in some very fresh and therapeutic air, so trips were also encouraged by doctors and physicians.

 

Today the pier boasts a whole range of things to do, from a simple stroll, to challenging all your senses on some of the extreme and thrilling rides that Brighton Pier has to offer.It doesn’t cost anything to go on the pier itself, but obviously if you want to go on a ride or eat there, then costs do apply.

 

The pier has quite a reputation for its status as a theme park, with quite a number of rides on offer.You can even try out the Super Booster, which takes you from stationary to 60 mph in just under 3 seconds, taken to a height of 38 meters and then dropped, so you swing through the sky at 60 mph with only the sea beneath you.

 

Children’s rides are also available for those who are less keen on the extreme ride experience, with the perennial favourites still available for children of all ages!

 

The pier also has a Palace of Fun, where all the family can enjoy games or slot machines.Shooting, driving and horse racing games are all there, to bring out the competitive edge in everyone.

 

The restaurant on the pier claims that it makes the best fish and chips in Brighton, so after all that excitement, it can be nice just to unwind with a nice meal.The Food Court also provides a range of informal and fast food outlets, so you can even eat ‘on the go’.

 

Like most of the piers and promenades in the United Kingdom, Brighton Pier also has a good range of ice cream vendors and you can buy your traditional items for the seaside and postcards etc.Whilst this may seem old fashioned, there is still something very quintessentially English about this whole experience and it is a great family day out, for all the family, since there is something for everyone and it is a great way to spend time together as a family.Young people love to spend time on the rides and older people can simply soak up the sea air in a deckchair on the promenade.

 

Brighton Pier

The old fashioned aspects of the pier have been updated as a rule, but still have a huge emphasis on having fun.The karaoke bar is also a great way to unwind, although this is for over 18 year olds only (but ability to sing is irrelevant).

 

Yet there is more to Brighton Pier that just man made attractions.There are some wonderful views to be had and even after all this time, it is still great to breathe in that sea air as you walk over the sea and simply enjoy the sensation of the sea beneath you.Wildlife can also be spotted from the pier, giving you the chance to check out the birds who may be dropping in for supper, or even porpoises or dolphins, who may not be frequent visitors, but who knows if today could be the day they pop in?

If you are looking for an alternative to a church wedding then the Victoria Bar on Brighton Pier is licensed for wedding ceremonies and can then be used as the reception venue. Please note that Wedding ceremonies are not carried out during July and August.

 

The combination of sea air and the feeling that this is a historic experience, all add up to make Brighton Pier a great place to visit.It may be slightly brash and may be about having a good time, but that makes it a really fun day out for all the family and the chance to experience all that fun and have lungs full of clean, sea air, with all its negative ions to refresh and stimulate you, really does make having fun seem healthy.


Opening Times

The Pier opens at 10.00am each day – Open All Year Except Christmas Day (0900am from 21st July – 2nd September)

Monday – Friday

Palace of Fun 9.00am – 11.00pm
Victoria’s Bar 9.00am – 11.00pm
Horatio’s Bar 12.00am – 11.00pm
Glitter Ball Bar 7.00pm – 11.00pm (Thurs,Fri only)
Palm Court 11.30am – 8.00pm
Dome/Arcade/Food Court 10.00am –10.00pm
Rides 10.00am – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday

Palace of Fun 9.00am – 11.00pm
Victoria’s Bar 9.00am – 11.00pm
Horatio’s Bar 12.00am – 11.00pm
Glitter Ball Bar 2.00pm – 11.00pm (Sat) 7.00pm – 11.00pm (Sun)
Dome/Arcade/Food Court 10.00am –10.00pm
Palm Court 11.30am – 8.00pm
Rides 10.00am – 9.00pm

Times are subject to change dictated by weather conditions.


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Links:
Brighton Pier Website
Visit Brighton Website

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