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Clacton Pier

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Address: No 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX, England
Phone Number: 01255 421115
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Description: Clacton Pier is officially the largest pleasure pier in the UK covering a...
Clacton Pier is officially the largest pleasure pier in the UK covering a staggering 6 1/2 acres. First opened in July 1871 as a landing stage for goods it was the first construction in the "new" town of Clacton-on-Sea. The town was initially built as a Holiday Destination for Londoners and with poor road access and no railway the pier was the main gateway for goods, holiday makers and locals alike.By 1922 the pier had fallen into receivership and was bough by Ernest Kingsman a businessman who saw the potential to start developing the wooden structure into an amusement destination. Amongst many other things he was responsible for all of the piers main extensions, including building the swimming pool, at least three theatres, adding the original steel Stella roller coaster and the blue lagoon dance hall. Since the kingsman family sold the pier in 1971 there has been a string of owners with the pier going into steady decline, until March 2009 when it was bought by the newly formed Clacton Pier company who has been investing heavily in the attraction. The pier now boasts a selection of new and refurbished family fun rides, Seaqurium sealife centre, 10 Pin bowling, the boardwalk bar, American diner, loads of eating places, great fish and chips, an activity zone and a function room named....The Kingsman Room................and there's a hell of all more in store so LIKE us on Facebook and visit our website to keep updated.
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Reasonable value ok for kids wrist band or tickets a bit pricey considering the ammount of rides doughnuts to dear candyfloss crap cup of tea no chance dishwater

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Reasonable value ok for kids wrist band or tickets a bit pricey considering the ammount of rides doughnuts to dear candyfloss crap cup of tea no chance dishwater

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Good amusements but beware of rides. If you want less than £5 of credits, they charge you £1 for a plastic card, which you will never use again. Not explained well and sign small.We ended up paying £ for a £1.50 ride,as don't do 1/2 credits and had to pay £1 for the card. RIP OFF.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The beach is being revamped and I think the pier could do with a lick of paint and tidied up a bit. The Pier is an historic part of Clacton I went for a walk along the pier which was nice although a little cold. But I do think it needs tidying up and painted. Hopefully with all the other... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We enjoyed a walk along the pier - most of the 'attractions' were closed or being revamped in time for the season. From our point of view that was great as it wasn't busy! In the high season, it looked as if there were plenty of things to do and places to eat and or just sit and enjoy the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We liked it. Lots of rides but unusual ones,treats and a really cute tshirt printing shop.we flyed kites in The beach afterwords.friendly starff xx

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

great place to take the kids for a couple of hours, lots of rides to choose from and the arcade to go into if it rains or is a bit to windy for a while, a new bowling alley which a great and food and drink at good prices, you can also spend a few hours fishing at a small... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Even though we were under cover the rides and surrounding areas were very cold. We had to go in the arcade area near the ten pin bowling to get any warmth - is this a deliberate ploy to get you to spend more money? Come on pier boss get some heating installed.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Clacton Pier has it all for visitors and locals alike. Not only the usual rides and slot machines, the pier houses an aquarium, bowling alley and a bar. Plenty of food places to eat from burgers to pie and mash.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They like looking after this place, good old fashioned pier although some of the rides have disappeared due to storms. It is free to enter, great for kids, bowling available and eating places. I thought it was expensive but apparently thats what you pay these days. My local pier, worth a view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

after 5.00 rides excellent value wrist bands for kids during holidays and halfterms. a few dining choices various price ranges . large covered and indoor areas bowling. Outdoor seating and bar area with outdoor karaoke. clean safe sandy beaches with lifeguards . seven miles of sandy beach right up to Walton on the Naze.

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