16 December 2011
Thrill rides ✓Kids rides ✓Good old English pubs ✓…and that’s just the head of the pier.
Brighton Pier, today, is the quintessential family day-out destination, but originally it began as a replacement for the storm-destroyed “Old Chain Pier”, opening in 1899 (& costing a record £27,000).
Brighton Pier has always been at the forefront of the amusements industry. In the early 1900’s, some of Britain’s first “Dodgems” were bought to the pier in addition to “The Lady Palmist” machines. In more recent history, Brighton pier was the first to introduce arcade games such as “Guitar Hero” & “Super Bikes”, and has the latest thrill rides such as “The Super Booster” & “Turbo” rollercoaster.
In addition to amusements, the pier also made a name for itself by holding many events over the years. In its earlier history, events were held in a concert hall, bandstand and theatre where the likes of Dick Emmery, Tommy Trinder and Doris & Elsie Waters performed. Nowadays, Horatio’s Bar is the main area for events both private and public including the opening acts of Brighton’s annual “Great Escape” music festival.
A day at the seaside wouldn’t be complete without some fish & chips from the established Palm Court Restaurant, reputable for the best fish and chips around; even Heston Blumenthal proclaimed it to be “The spiritual home of fish and chips”. Of course, there is also plenty of Brighton rock, ice cream and fudge to go around as well!
Make sure that on your next visit you follow the information plaques dotted around the side of the pier to discover Brighton Pier for yourself!
Post by Neil Blackmore, Brighton Pier.
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