West Pier, Brighton, Brighton and Hove

West Pier, Brighton, Brighton and Hove
Photograph taken 1970 © Historic England Archive ref: bb70_07329

The Amusement Arcade in the main southern end pier building. The West Pier was built in the mid 1860s by Eusebius Birch. It was one of the most spectacular piers in England. It was closed in 1975, badly damaged by the hurricane of October 1987 and partially demolished in 1991. It was left in ruins after 2 arson attacks in 2003. In 2011 there are plans to open an observation tower that elevates visitors in a pod to a height of 150m above sea level to enjoy stunning views. It will stand on the site of the entrance to the pier.

Location

Brighton and Hove Brighton

Period

1970s (1970 - 1979)

Tags

leisure entertainment seaside pier tourism