Blackpool Piers: Three Gems in the Irish Sea
Blackpool just wouldn’t be the same without the three iconic piers stretching out into the Irish Sea. They have been a feature of this coastline for well over a century and they continue to be hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.
Blackpool is unique amongst British seaside resorts in having three piers along the seafront. Whether you’re on the hunt for live entertainment, food stalls, games, a stick of rock or just some bracing sea air, the North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier have something for everyone.
Each pier has a different feel and some unique features. You can start your stroll at the quaint North Pier – the oldest of the three – and take a leisurely walk along the Golden Mile to the Central Pier before finishing things off at the South Pier. While each pier offers 21st century facilities, they have been a feature of the seafront for well over 100 years!
As mentioned above, Blackpool’s North Pier is the oldest of the three, having been opened to the public in 1863. A favourite amongst visitors, this is the only Blackpool Pier to be listed at Grade II and it is the epitome of tranquility and simplicity. You won’t find a wealth of funfair rides here although there is still plenty to entertain visitors of all ages.
Blackpool’s Central Pier is right at the heart of the action with a wide range of amusements, shopping and shows. Here you can find the instantly recognisable Big Wheel which has recently been enlarged, while the views from here – particularly of the Blackpool Tower – are second-to-none.
Central Pier was opened one year after the North Pier in 1864 and from Day One the emphasis was one fun rather than relaxation. A fire in 2020 damaged the structure but it has since been fully restored and remains one of Blackpool’s most popular attractions.
Built in 1893 and originally known as the Victoria Pier, this is the youngest of Blackpool’s three piers and has been developed as a mini theme park above the waves. Here there are thrills and excitement aplenty for all the family, with the hugely popular Blackpool Pleasure Beach right on the doorstep.