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South Pier, Blackpool

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 »
  • 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.
  • Plenty of rides - some pretty big ones - that offer an alternative to the Pleasure Beach. When we went it was £15 for an unlimited ride wristband. Decent value considering one ride is £3. Very busy and loud so keep your little ones close.
  • Great views when the weather is clear. Lots of games and rides but needs updating and a lick of paint. Stall owners will try to get you to play every game but avoiding them is half the fun of the pier!
  • Very dated but not in a nostalgic way ! The rides need upgrading or painting the price is OK £2 for small rides and £3 for bumper cars, they did have a human sling shot type ride where you are suspended about 50 ft in the air then released for the ride of your life right off the pier looked professionally done and there is a steel cage that gets hauled up on huge elastic bands ! Buy all in all its worth a visit but it lacks atmosphere and we were there in August
  • It you like Slot machines, this is the place to head to, literaly hundreds of them. great fun

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