Generations of holidaymakers and local residents have enjoyed visiting Worthing Pier. British seaside piers date from the early 1800’s. Worthing’s was the thirteenth to be built in England at a cost of £6,500. The first pile was driven into the seabed on 4 July 1861. Designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson, it was officially opened on 12 April 1862.
Worthing Pier today
The Pier still continues to bring enjoyment to visitors and residents. The Pavilion Theatre sits at the northern end and the southern end pavilion has recently been totally renovated and returned to its former glory as a cafe & venue (having been a night club for several years). An amusement arcade is in the middle. It is a regular attraction for people to take a stroll along the deck and for fishing.
Admission is free!
Worthing is 6 miles from Steyning & 10 miles from Brighton.
The Victorians built piers around the coast of Britain. Brighton Pier is open all year and is very popular with visitors – but sadly the West Pier was damaged by fire some years ago. It is a popular subject for photographs
The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future.
Work began on the pier in 1891. It opened in May 1899 after costing a record £27,000 to build. This was Brighton’s third pier. the builders were given permission to build on condition that the first, the Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was to be demolished. They were saved this task by a storm which largely destroyed it.