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The Best Pier in Sussex

British seaside piers date from the early 1800’s. 42 piers have been lost since then but 61 piers are still standing. 5 of those – that you can walk along – are in Sussex!

Most were originally built as landing stations for pleasure steamers and had to be long enough for boats to dock at low tide. As part of the Victorian seaside leisure boom, many sprang up after the railways arrived, becoming ostentatious attractions and places to be seen in Sunday outfits. Over the years they have had to adapt to maintain their popular appeal.

Brighton Pier

Brighton pier

This is the last surviving intact pier on Brighton’s seafront. Built in 1899, it was designed as the replacement for the older, more utilitarian Chain Pier.

The main pier building has a lovely dome, and stained-glass windows along the sides showing Brighton-related images. It’s totally free to walk along the pier and look at the Brighton scenery!

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Worthing Pier

This was the thirteenth built in England at a cost of £6,500. Designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson, it officially opened in April 1862.

The Pier continues to bring enjoyment to visitors and residents. The Pavilion Theatre sits at the northern end and the recently renovated southern end pavilion has a good café.

It is a regular attraction for people to take a stroll along the deck and for fishing. Admission is free!

Worthing is just 6 miles from Steyning & Brighton is 10 miles away.

Other Sussex Piers

There are more Sussex piers in Littlehampton (a 30 minute drive), Eastbourne ( a 50 minute drive) and Hastings (a 1 hr 10 min drive).

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Hastings Pier: Photo by Ben Guerin on Unsplash

Built in 1872, Hastings Pier closed in 2008 and nearly burnt down in 2010. It reopened once again in 2016 but remains relatively undeveloped.

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