Brighton Pier

After your journey to us, or whilst awaiting final preparaton of your new vehicle why not take a visit to Brighton Seafront, only 20 minutes away, where you will find the word famous Brighton Pier. In 1891, work commenced on a new pier to replace the original Chain Pier. Adorned with filigree arches and a few kiosks, Brighton Pier was opened in grand ceremony on May 20th 1899. By 1901, the pier consisted of a building with minaret corner towers housing dining, smoking and reading rooms and its first concert hall. By 1911, the concert hall had become a theatre attraction. 21 years elapsed before the next major phase saw the addition of a big wheel, heralding an extension to the piers' length and a widening of the promenade. The wars interfered with development and, as with most seaside piers, a section of the middle was removed to discourage enemy landings. Post war euphoria saw business booming and by the Summer of 1946 day sea trips from the pier along the coast prospered until 1960. In 1984, the pier was destined to be revitalised under new ownership. New innovative features were introduced such as free admission, free deck chairs, new food outlets on the forecourt and a traditional fish & chips restaurant. At 1,722 ft long and acknowledged as the finest pier ever built, Brighton Pier (a Grade 2* listed building) now offers all the swagger and style of tradition balanced with the pace and excitement of today. Many pieces of history remain on the pier including some of the original kiosks, a signal cannon from the Old Chain Pier and filigree ironwork arches that graced the original structure. Brighton Pier is one of the most famous film locations in the world. Lloyds TSB, Coca Cola, Sky TV, Cadbury's, and First Direct have all filmed advertisements here. Major feature films selecting Brighton Pier include 'End of the Affair', 'Circus' and 'Mona Lisa'. Brighton Pier is also famous for its thrilling rides and has something for the whole family