Palace Pier, Brighton
Every tourist MUST visit this place - jutting out for god knows how far into the sea (how do those rusty spindles hold up a funfair, innumerable shops pubs and stalls and thousands of people??) I am not convinced of the stability - but I took a chance! It was a typically English experience - and therefore I hated it..... BUT thousands of others were having the time of their lives by the looks of it! So it's probably just me. Funfair, junk food, rip off prices.... pubs with skysport etc etc... it's all on Brighton Pier.... I won't be going back anytime soon.
This is a typical tourist pier, the kind that most seaside resort towns have. It has a collection of restaurants, small shops, and various other attractions. It's 1,760 feet long, extending out into the English channel.
The Palace Pier is quite nice for a walk. However it is very touristy and very very tacky! I liked it for the fact that the views were quite nice and since there was this South African shop where you could buy biltong and other SA delicacies. At the beginning of the pier you can go through a huge arcade, which just drives you nuts. We went in to use the toilets, but couldn't find them, so we decided to walk outiside again. At the end of the pier you can find some attractions, like a roller coaster and a ferris wheel.
The pier at night deserves its own tip if you ask me, and its one of the times when it really comes into its own. All the lights come on, it fills up with people and the smell of the fairground comes alive. Tourists from every nation are there and lovers from brighton congrigate on the pier, testing their nerves on the rollarcoasters and generally having fun.
This pier is great but almost always full of tourists and people from a hundred different countries around the world, wanting to sample the fair rides. The pier itself has a very nice radio station and the DJ likes to wave at random people... :D
Various food stalls are on the pier selling allsorts from cotton candy to candied applies, and fish and chips. A woman ( i think) has a barrow on the pier as well, which reminds you of past times when gypsies travelled in barrel top caravans, telling your fortune
To be honest I didnt go on the pier for about 3 months after living in Brighton. Its a bit tacky but a lot of fun. Just full of chip shops, slot machines and fairground rides at the end. a very intoxicating and sometimes expensive combination but great for the view back into Brighton and along the coast.
If you come to Brighton you have to visit the Palace Pier. It's long ago that I've been there but I still remember the magic of this place. It's some kind of "little Las Vegas on the water". Although If you are not interested in gambling it's worth to have a look.
Brighton Pier - think that combination of words was the first time I heard of Brighton.
There used to be 2 piers: West and Palace. West Pier got destroyed in fire and storm, and now waits for a big investment….
Palace Pier on the other hand is very enjoyable - with its little food stands and amusement park. Good place to go for a walk to get a different view of Brighton’s shore. Or just sit and enjoy - deck chairs are free of charge on the pier :-)
This pier is unbelievably cheesy and entirely there for the day trippers. But it has a fun fair and the pubs aren't bad in the summer , you can also amuse yourself by watching people jump off it in the summer.
Does decent fish and chips but the rides occasionally catch fire.
One the rides had to be renamed a couple of years ago because it had the same name as the gas the Nazi's used in Auchwitz (Zyklon) , this was only noticed when it was pointed out by an elderly Jewish tourist ,causing great embarresment to my sister who was working there at the time
Brighton pier was originally named the Palace pier.
Built in 1899 as an amusement arcade, it replaced the original Chain pier which was destroyed by a storm on Dec. 4th 1896
It offers, besides amusements and snacks a really good view of the City of Brighton and continuing coastline.
The Palace Pier is situated at the sea side. It is also know as Brighton Pier.
This is a place were you can walk around. There are plenty of food shops and candy shops.
This place contains 2 major gambling halls. At the end of the Pier, there are attractions for anybody.
A trip to Brighton is not complete without a walk along the promenade then a stroll down the famous Palace Pier.
Here you can sample some typical seafood served in a little paper cup with lashings of vinegar or chew on a toffee apple or perhaps some candy floss. There is also a funfair on the end with the landmark Helter Skelter.
It's a Victorian style pier which is very popular especially in Summer. Packed with bars, fish & chips stalls, candy floss, hard rock candy, donuts & oh the list goes on!! Walk till the end of the Pier and you'll find lots of amusement arcades and fun rides!
Complete with tacky souvenir shops, a fun fair and the usual chip shops and other typical British holiday resort goodies such as amusement arcades, the pier does give you a pretty good view of the beach area. The decking is all wood, and you can see the ocean down between the planks, which can be quite disturbing for some people. Signs warn that it is both dangerous and forbidden to jump off the side of the pier into the sea. So if you don't drown you will be arrested. That makes sense... Of course, the ocean can be so rough that only a complete fool would even think about doing such a thing.
The Palace Pier is deep into the sea, not exactly my kind of fun, but on a nice sunny day you can get a very nice view from there to the sea and the city.