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.
There's all sorts of entertainment on the Palace Pier. Whether you're into thrill rides or good old fashioned English arcade games, you'll find it on the Palace Pier in Brighton. The thrill rides come in all shapes and sizes and on our VT meet visit - they were well inspected by the various VT members! There's also arcades, fortune tellers, restaurant, bar, foodie places, and souvenir shops.
I love the old seaside games and had a good time on the Dolphin Derby (Brighton's version of the Donkey Derby game where you throw balls along a top into holes to race your 'donkey' against all the other players) but had a narrow loss to Chrishc who generously donated his green and blue flounder to me (Marcus, you still owe my flounder a name).
The Pier itself was built between 1891 and 1899. It apparently rates as one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions, with lots and lots of visitors every year. It is 1,722 ft long and is often acknowledged as the finest pier ever built. With indoor and outdoor venues, it doesn't matter what the weather is like, you'll find something to keep you (and the little ones) entertained.
Brighton Pier (formerly the Palace Pier) is a splendid Victorian structure much beloved by visitors to the few British seaside resorts that still have them. Originally built during the 1890's at a massive cost of £137,000 it provided the thrill of a stroll above the sea, boat trips from the landing stage at the it's seaward end, a theatre and even a trip on the electric tramway that ran sedately up the middle. As years went by the tramway disappeared, the theatre sedately toppled into sea (well, part of it anyway) and fish and chips, ghost trains, slot machines and fortune tellers took their place.
In my childhood you couldn't step foot on the pier without paying for the privilage but nowadays it's totally free to stroll on and off and the owners simply have faith that ample amounts of your loose change will lavished on fried doughnuts, candy floss, shooting galleries the Helter Skelter and other rides. It stays open until late evening, draws plenty of tourists and foreign students with a younger mix probably more evident as the day draws on. It's rather magical once lit up and is certainly worth strolling back for a snap as night falls.
Far be it from me to court controversy chaps but there has been a fair amount of local ill feeling in recent times due to the decision of the Palace Pier's owners to rename it 'Brighton Pier' after a century of Palacedom. Imaginative it isn't and doubtless it was to ensure that any tourists who asked to be directed to Brighton's Pier was would be sent there. Given that the one possible competing pier - the West Pier - has been a little more than a largely submerged bundle of metallic pic-a sticks for years now, it's no wonder we locals weren't impressed. Even so, you can't afford to miss it!
The Pier opens at 10.00am each day
(0900am from 21st July – 2nd September)
Monday - Friday
Palace of Fun 10.00am – 10.00pm
Victoria’s Bar 10.00am – 9.00pm
Horatio’s Bar Closed
Glitter Ball Bar
7.00pm – 10.00pm (Fri only)
Palm Court 11.30am – 5.00pm
Rides 11.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday
Palace of Fun 10.00am – 11.00pm
Victoria’s Bar 10.00am – 9.00pm
Horatio’s Bar 12.00am – 11.00pm
Glitter Ball Bar 2.00pm – 11.00pm (Sat)
7.00pm – 11.00pm (Sun)
Palm Court 11.30am – 8.00pm
Rides 11.00am – 9.00pm
Times are subject to change dictated by weather conditions.
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
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.
The palace or east pier is now the only pier in town. The west, perhaps the finest in England, is no more.
The Palace pier (because it is close to Brighton Pavillion) was always the brasher sister. It still retains it's sense of fun and gawdiness as it is now mainly populated with pretty ordinary fairground rides and slot machines.
On the plus side, the deckchairs are still free, so if you want to doze off on a warmer day watching the pretty young thing saunter pass then feel free. There are also so good examples of Victorian ironwork in places and some informative information boards (well they would be wouldn't they) about the pier's history. I suspect less than 0.1% of the pier's visitors ever read them.
If you did, then you would no that the pier original function was to allow the middle classes space to walk and 'promenade'. The opposite is now true - if you want to avoid the hoards of the great unwashed enjoying themselves then go elsewhere.
Coming to Brighton, seeing the Beach, and seeing the Pier, is what I think Brighton is about!
I always like Pier's, like to see if anybody is catching Fish or Crab's, watch the young one's having fun, and just taking in all the action.
Brighton Pier was no different, perhaps a little, as there were lots of people on the Pier!
The Pier has heaps of Food Kiosk's and Ice-cream stalls, Amusement Arcades and and many other types of entertainment. It wouldn't be English, if it didn't have a fish & chip shop!
Even the Dodgem car's are still around, I thought they would be too old fashioned, but it seems not!
Plenty for the whole family, just bring a bagful of money, you may need it!
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.
Explore Brightons Palace Pier which extends almost a third of a mile into the sea. It is full with English amusements and international take-aways. So you will have enough chances to get rid of your money.
At night the Pier and its leisure attractions are beautifully illuminated.
Palace Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1TW
On the Palace Pier: There is a fun fair at the end of the pier, the funfair is ok, especially the Ghost train. There are also some cafés, a restaurant and a few shops on it, but the shops sell stuff that is just junk really, like silly notices for doors, car stickers and signs, hats and mugs etc. Once you bought anything from there, you would just sling it in the back of the cupboard once you got home. I must admit though, my husband bought me a lovely big silver cross with Diamonds encrusted in it when we came here in November 2002. I also bought myself a Diamanté nose-stud the same year, but the stones soon fell out of it, I didn't even have a cold either ?! lol.
There are also some handy toilets on here too, and you don't even have to pay to use them!
The Pier looks really pretty in the evening and at night with all the lights on.
Brighton could be said to be one of the most typical British seaside towns, and one of the most quintissentially British things to do is take a walk on the pier.
There used to be more than one pier in Brighton but unfortunately one of them burned down some years ago and now stands gaunt and forlorn in the sea, a sad reminder of better times. The photo on my Brighton introductory page gives some indication of that.
The remaining pier tries desperately to cling onto some of the old ideas that once made it so popular, although it's rides cannot compete with the theme parks and other multi-million pound attractions on offer. Brighton Pier, for me, stands as a reminder of a different, simpler age when a beano (UK slang term for a daytrip) to the seaside was something looked forward to when relatively few people had cars. The trip from the local pub, club or workplace was an annual treat and simple pleasures like a ride on the dodgems or a candyfloss were things to be remembered. Interesting to compare it to today's instant thrill mentality.
So where does the pier come from? Well, work commenced in 1891 and took some eight years to complete. It was opened in 1899, with additions in 1934 adding to the length and featuring a "big wheel". I can only say that the views must have been astounding, especially to a generation of people not used to multimedia . Obviously, the two World Wars took their toll and the middle section of the pier was removed in the Second World War to deny the Germans use of it as a landing stage.
The 1960's however saw a revival of the fortunes of seaside towns with the post-War feelgood factor, and the Pier once again prospered. To walk it's 1722 feet length now is genuinely to walk along a piece of English social history and I thoroughly recommend it.
In fairness, the Pier at Brighton has all the latest video games and as many thrill rides as the space available will allow, but it still makes me a little wistful. Perhaps it is a thing of my generation and only time will tell if the place can still evoke enough nostalgia in people to prosper. I, for one, hope that it does, it would be a shame to lose it.
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.
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
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 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.