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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 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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  • Visited the pier as part of a large group and it has a large diverse set of attractions. Slot machines, fairground rides and the usual stalls. Also places to eat and drink. Staff are very friendly. On...  more »
  • Good pier only a few rides but cheap enough when you buy bulk tickets lots of games and machines Food didn't look great in the cafe and we didn't go in the bar at the end which was advertised  more »
  • The man who runs the horse racing game at the front of the arcade is funny and very welcoming. He made the last night of our holiday the best. Wish we'd gone there on the first day now. Thanks xx  more »
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  • My favourite of the 3 Blackpool piers. They have a range of fairground games and rides and a very popular pub called "The Laughing Donkey" The rides aimed mainly at younger children can be accessed either by buying tickets from the numerous kiosks or even an all day wristband. A firm favourite with our 4 year old.
  • Great experience there yesterday with a very helpful man (staff) in the large arcade at entrance. I was with a lady I support and the 2p machine wasn't behaving well. His immediate help was gratefully received. :-). Also, great, quality, reasonably priced cafe too.
  • Loads of choice on the arcades and slot machines. Great for young children who like the 2p machines.
  • Good family fun, go to the laughing donkey bar, we're the kids can have hours of fun and they don't kick them out after 9pm.
  • Great thrill rides at the end of this pier, also has food and other amenities. My favourite of the 3 piers