Southport Pier, Merseyside

Southport Pier, Merseyside, August 2011

Spans:Irish Sea
Design:James Brunlees
Year opened:1860
Original length:(i) 1098m; (ii) 1336m, 1868
Present length:1108m
Fire:1868, 1897, 1933, 1959
Storm damage:1889
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.


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Southport Pier
KEY: white circle = pier & black square = venue