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Blackpool's Central Pier was built 30 years after the North Pier in 1868. It's visible in the distance from the North Pier and South Pier/South Beach areas. The Pier was designed by John Isaac Mawson and built by Richard Laidlaw and Son (who had already built the North Pier).
The Central Pier originally emphasised fun in contrast to the North Pier and this attracted many working class families. The Pier held dances and gradually introduced roller skating and fairground rides. Dance halls were subsequently replaced by a theatre, bars and amusement arcades since the Second World War. Steamboat excursions were also available.
The Central Pier's landmark is the 33 metre high ferris wheel which was constructed in 1990 with which the structure had to be strengthened to accommodate the weight. There wasn't much life on the pier when we went passed it and I presumed the attractions run seasonally.
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The central pire was built in 1868 to help fulfil the Victorians passion for promenading over the sea. It was known from earlier times as the peoples pier as it offered a variety of entertainment including open air dancing and steamer sailings to Llandudno and the Isle of man. Nowadays the Central pier has a family bar, ferris wheel and amusement arcades to keep you occupied.
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This pier, opened in 1868, is another must-see attraction in Blackpool. It's a fun place to go for an hour or two. By all means ride the Ferris Wheel for a great view of the city, excelled only by the one from the tower.
- Theme Park Trips
Liverpool has three piers full of entertainment, North (probably the most authentic with a Victorian facade), South and Central Pier.
As the funfair rides were all closed in winter we only had the chance to go to the amusement arcade at the start of Central Pier.
As you might have guessed I enjoyed myself really well here, putting 2 pence or 10 pence pieces into every machine available. It was our last day so we had to get rid of our last pounds anyway, eh? ;)
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