Southport Pier, Merseyside
|Original length:||(i) 1098m; (ii) 1336m, 1868|
|Fire:||1868, 1897, 1933, 1959|
|Restoration:||1890, 1901, 1994, 2001|
Britain’s second longest pier was the first to be built primarily as a pleasure pier. Due to fires and storm damage it has been reduced to 1108 metres but it remains the oldest surviving iron pier. It escaped demolition in 1990 by only one vote at the local Council and has since been restored with an investment of £7.2 million. More than 300,000 people a year now visit and it is Southport’s biggest free attraction.