Along with chips & the fish and rock, piers are firm favourites on the Suffolk Coast too and have become a staple of British beachfront lifestyle for more than two centuries today.
The most fantastic thing about piers is that no two are quite the same, which range from deck that is uncluttered and clear to elaborate pavilions that are structured with entertainment arcades stages and theaters which have been the highlight of pier life at the first part of the century.
Today, we are fortunate enough to have many of our piers despite suffering the ravages of time and constant battle to keep them in their original glory, staying.
Here on the Suffolk Coast our piers are still a favorite attraction for holiday makers and stay landmarks that are well-loved, day trippers and locals alike! To be able to have the time needed to fully experience all of these piers, we reccomend staying in local Suffolk holiday accommodation.
Initially, the pier opened in August 1905 having a total length of 2,640 ft (800 m) making it one of the greatest in the country, and its own railway station, with steamer services running to various destinations.
Throughout the war, the pier was sectioned to reduce the risk of enemy invasion, which it never fully recovered from, causing the pierhead was left to deteriorate. In 2017, there was a new structure that was shore-end opened after a pound redevelopment. Felixstowe now boasts having Great Britain’s newest pier, complete with Family Entertainment Centre, the Boardwalk Cafe, Lorenzo’s ice creams and sweets and a fish and chip kiosk.
A trip to the quintessentially British seaside town of Southwold is not complete without a stop off at the pier!
Southwold Pier, built in 1900, was originally built as a landing platform for steam ships that travelled out of London. After a long history of being destroyed by violent storms and struck with a sea mine, the pier was bought in 1987. Work started to rebuild it and was finally finished in 2001, together with the pier reaching its length of feet. A year after, it was called’Pier of the Year’ and now stands as Britain’s only 21st century dock.
Now company is run by a family , many imaginative and unique improvements have been made. Even when the British weather is inclement, visitors flock from near and far to Southwold Pier. Many like a leisurely stroll surfing in the unique little gift shops or stopping off to get a fish and chip lunch. But one thing is for sure, everybody’s favourite must be the cheeky Water Heater — guaranteed to make you giggle!
The lovely seaside resort of Lowestoft boasts not just one, but two piers!
South Pier Lowestoft was constructed within this harbour construction works in 1846. Bandstand and A reading room were added afterwards, sadly and though badly damaged during World War II demolished. Years of improvements and alterations followed closely a closure in the late 1980’s due to structural problems. The latest refurbishment has been undergone during 2008, forming the dock to an family entertainment complex with the latest gaming machines, gift shop and food outlets.
Out the Claremont Pier is proudly stood by further south along the award winning beach of Lowestoft. Much like the South Pier it has seen a few transformations! After a berth for paddle steamer rides 9d a fare, the Claremont Pier became a mecca of summer traffic and saltwater anglers throughout the inter-war years. In 1940 the Royal engineers blasted the enemy using it as landing space that was potential is stopped by a hole in the pier!