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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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A good day out

Very nice not having to pay to have a walk on the pier, very good amusements and good rides. Good value wristbands. Very enjoyable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

When by the sea, hit the piers. Dont expect to much but it brings out the kid in you and we left with some great baby gifts.

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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

As it was may half term we were expecting all tyhe attractions to be open on the peir but even as it was 8pm they were all cosed. All the rides were closed and trhe only place open waqs the bowling alley bit.

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Birmingham
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very nice not having to pay to have a walk on the pier, very good amusements and good rides. Good value wristbands. Very enjoyable.

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Herts
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The pier has all the usual bits and pieces on it BUT there is constant music and "pirate radio"pumping out IN EVERY ARE OF THE PIER.This means that there is nowhere to sit quietly or walk quietly.If you are looking for a quiet serene trip up the pier Forget Clacton Pier

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Clacton Pier really felt like a traditional pier, with lots of 2p machines, plenty of benches overlooking the sea and rides to keep the little ones entertained. The main drawback was most food places being closed up, and when you first enter the pier, the noise is deafening from all the different attractions - but once you are in the... More 

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northampton
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This seems like a really old-fashioned pier - lots of 2p machines in the arcades. You win tickets, and then exchange the tickets for prizes. If you get enough you can even win a fridge! (and it's less than a giant Minion!) If I'm honest I thought there were far too many "guide & grab" machines, but I am an... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I loved the pier, we were going to go on the fair, the only thing that I didnt like was the parking.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A bit gaudy but once you get past that it is a proper seaside with all the trimmings. There are lots of slots, games and all the stands you expect. Walk to the end and realise why everybody loves a pier.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

A good day out, with plenty to do and see, lots of new places to eat at very near by. Had a stroll through town , a very short walk, lots of high street branded names, the whole day bought back some child hood memories.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic food, nice staff and great service definitely a place to go when visiting Clacton pier my favourite

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