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North Pier, Blackpool

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Built in the 1860s, North Pier is the oldest and longest of three coastal piers. Although originally intended only as a promenade, competition forced the pier to widen its attractions to include theaters and bars. Unlike Blackpool's other piers, which attracted the working classes with open-air dancing and amusements, this pier catered to the "better-class" market with orchestra concerts and respectable comedians. Now you can enjoy numerous attractions, including a palm reader, an ice cream parlor, the North Pier Theatre, a Victorian tearoom, an arcade, and the Carousel and Merrie England bars. Be sure to book tickets ahead of time for shows and special events. Using our custom trip planner, Blackpool attractions like North Pier can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • went for dirty dancing cinema showing, very cold and windy night. bar staff were great friendly and helpful. Plenty of food and drink great music  more »
  • Always call here 1st favourite pier love the feel of it the victorian carasel and the sun trap sun lounge food lovley and always helpful staff  more »
  • Great views of Blackpool front and the sea. Very blustery at the moment but it has been lovely to wander on the pier when it is sunny. Sitting on a deckchair is heavenly and peaceful.  more »
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  • This is the first pier which I have walked on at night, and it is a very interesting experience, particularly when you are in Blackpool during the Illumination period. Personally, I definitely think that the North Pier is the best of the three in Blackpool, though this is very subjective. It is overall very well specified, with a perfectly sufficient length for promenading, a wide deck, plenty of buildings and facilities, and is also extremely ornamental. This pier, therefore, approaches being my ideal pier; it isn't perfect, but it is close. The entrance building was built in the 1960s but was given a Victorian-style facade in 1989, which is very well-designed, given the otherwise low standard of other 1980s pier entrance buildings around the country. I think it is wonderful that the pier continues to remain open during the night (albeit not all night and not all year either), as it provides a very surreal experience. It would have been improved by avoiding lighting the deck by floodlight, which was very dazzling from some angles. I was also surprised by how many facilities were still running into the night. The pier train (a recently-introduced land-train, replacing an earlier narrow-gauge train which ran from 1991 to 2004) was still running, and the shops in the kiosks were still operating. A small music event was being held in the sun lounge at the pier head. I found the setup of the seaward pier head fascinating. On the south side was the two-tiered 'Venetian Carousel' (one of the only of its type in the country), and the sun lounge, which was built in the 1930s and has recently been used for many outdoor events. It features extensive use of decorative cast iron and curved glass. Sandwiched between the two was the Carousel Bar. On the north side of the head is the Pier Theatre. This was not in use at the time; I am not sure how frequently it is in use, given that most events I have been made aware of were held in either the sun lounge or the 'Merrie England Bar'. In terms of aesthetics, the main building of the theatre is the pier's weak area. It looks very run-down and haphazard - it is actually built of corrugated metal. The good news is that from most angles, the main sections of the building are obscured by some very attractive glass canopies, which cover areas of the pier head. This alone makes up for the visual shortcoming. The pier's owner has been gradually repairing the pier's structure over recent years, though progress is slow due to a limited budget. This means that some parts of the pier have decayed slightly. A small proportion of the benches have completely rotted, making them unusable. As most of the benches have already been repaired, you are able to take just a few steps away from the rotten bench and sit on a completely intact one, so don't complain! The far tip of the pier is closed to the public, perhaps as a result of the 2013 storm damage. While this is a shame, you will not be missing too much, unless you were wanting to take some arty pictures of the love locks at the end. I have recently found out that all three piers in Blackpool have been placed on the 2018 World Monuments Fund Watch List, which selects some of the world's most important heritage monuments which are at risk. This could potentially provide more support, allowing full restoration to happen. The North Pier is definitely worth restoring, as it is probably the finest remaining Birch-designed pier, after Brighton's West Pier was destroyed. It provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and is a very interesting structure.
  • You can spend as much or as little time and money here. Brilliant for young and old. Go n make some Memories. Do as we did, see how far "You" can role a twopence piece along its length ...Good views of "The Statue of Liberty" 🗽
  • A good place to visit a place of time gone by. Wrought Iron railings with seating along both sides which seems to be under repair near to the front of the theatre where metal fence panels have been erected. There is an amusement arcade at the entrance and typical stalls selling various touristy goods, refreshments and other goodies along the pier. There is a train pulling carriages that will take you from one end of the pier to the other. At the front of the theatre on the left hand side is a carousel merry-go-round. There is a licensed bar and a sun bathing area where live musicians sometimes perform. It is a place to spend an enjoyable afternoon and admire the views of the coastline.
  • Great little pier. Well worth a visit. Not as crowded as central with some great views.
  • Blackpool lights how amazing. Two hours drive from one end to the other. Well worth worth it.

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