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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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  • We enjoyed passing a couple of hours here with the kids, plenty of little rides and arcade games to keep the amused  more »
  • Was really good, fastest waltzers I've ever been on but the guys are great, stopped in spinning when I held my hand up lol. Loads of rides, but make sure you've got change for the kiosk tickets!!!  more »
  • Daughter loved it... palm reader & fortune teller was amazing! Spot on for both myself & my mother! Would go again just to see her  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