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South Pier, Blackpool

Categories: Fun & Games
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3.1/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
South Pier is one of three piers in Blackpool, England. Located on South Promenade on the South Shore, the pier contains a number of amusement and adrenalin rides. It opens each year from March to November and is owned by Six Piers Limited.Construction and openingThe Blackpool South Shore Pier & Pavilion Co. Ltd. was registered in November 1890 and work began to build the pier in 1892. It was constructed, at a total cost of £50,000, using a different method than that used for North and Central piers, the Worthington Screwpile System. It opened, with a choir, two brass bands and an orchestra on Good Friday, 1893. The 3,000 capacity Grand Pavilion opened on 20 May. At long, it was the shortest of the three piers, and had 36 shops, a bandstand, an ice-cream vendor and a photograph stall,which was different for people in those days. It was built shorter and wider than North and Central piers to accommodate pavilions.HistoryVictoria Pier was considered to be more "upmarket" than North and Central piers, and at first provided little entertainment. Holidaymakers started visiting the South Shore in 1896 when a carousel was installed on the sand dunes. In 1902 the south entrance of the promenade was widened with the construction of the present promenade, and the pier entrance had to be moved back. In 1930 the pier was renamed South Pier. In 1938 the entrance was widened, and the Regal Pavilion constructed.Two fires in six years changed the pier dramatically. First in 1958, a fire damaged the Grand Pavilion, followed by a further fire in 1964 which completely destroyed it. It was replaced with a theatre. In 1963 the Regal Theatre, at the entrance, was converted into the Beachcomber Amusement Arcade.
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  • Had loads for the younger kids compared to the other piers the only problem is that it was closed before 8.30 etc every night we were there so once we had eaten etc it was closed.Good thru the day tho...  read more »
  • Looks good and looks fun, but it's quite expensive to get on the amusements. They run a ticket system, so you buy the tickets centrally and use the tickets to get on the rides. This is probably how yo...  read more »
  • Only visited the amusments we found poor compared to some in Blackpool but not as big staff not very friendly either many 2p machines broken with no signs on to warn customers so be warned some obviou...  read more »
  • Blackpool is a lot of fun and the pier is great. They dont allow dogs which was a problem but overall the place is ok.
  • South Pier , not far from pleasure beach and at side of the Sandcastle. Large amusement arcade on entering , needs improvement, sealing. On the pier there are game stalls , and lots of funfair rides and adrenaline rides to. Great views over to Southport and the tower.
  • Great day at adrenalin zone wee boy archie had a ball on the log flume did his old man proud age 6 friendly staff great all round
  • A good old fashioned bit of "kiss me quick" fun.
  • Tacky as anything, but hey: it's a pier! It was enjoyable. It was glorious weather the day we went. We sat outside on the pier, reading our books in the sun and watching the tide come in beneath us.
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