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South Pier, Blackpool

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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 163yd long, it was the shortest of the three piers, and had 36 shops, a bandstand, an ice-cream vendor and a photograph stall. 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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  • The South Pier is the place to go for us. They have the shows there with lots of rides suitable for kids. You can buy a wristband for £11 for the kids and they get on all the rides they want for as ma...  more »
  • Whilst in Blackpool for the illuminations, we took a trip onto this pier to have a nosey and kill some time. It is a decent pier. There are a nice little mix of rides, with some real adrenaline fueled...  more »
  • very accessible for wheelchair user nice beach good view of the sea nice when the Blackpool lights were lite up at nite  more »
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  • It's OK, good for the day out etc. Has some fast food stalls outside that sell drinks hot and cold. Ice creams, chips, hot dogs etc. There are rides for all ages. Just needs a bit of a change IMHO.
  • Went today and they had no unlimited wristbands for the fair. One of the busiest times of the year and none were available because 'none had been delivered'. Arcades were good though
  • South pier arcade have improved their environment and choice of machines. Prizes are infinitely better than a few years ago in terms of quality and value in both the booth and grabbers. Less run down looking as was looking tired and 1980’s but looking modern and clean now with all the charm of Blackpool retained. Nice to see generated profits making their way back to the towns attractions. Kids enjoyed spending their pocket money. 2p machines were a favourite and the new air hockey multi puck table. Lots of tickets won from the machines saw the kids receiving decent toys and no tat. Happy kids happy parents.
  • Great pier with lots of attraction's for all ages and places to get something to eat and drink plenty of slot machines and rides in the summer months there are show's as well entrance to the pier is free like the central and North pier so you can just have a walk to the end and back if you like it can be very busy in the summer but is well worth a visit
  • Fun place :) ive spend 20£ there but ended up having roughly 4k tickets and exchanged that for a fluffy orange pillow.
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