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Clacton Pier

No 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX, England
01255 421115
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

So much better than a few years ago. Great sense of what an old school pier should offer and reasonably priced. Kids age 3 & 6 love the mix of rides, side shows, 2p slots, donuts and claw machines... We were very thankful for the £2 guarantee win one - saved us hours of kids pawing at machines duey eyed.... More

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Derry, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

There are loads of amusements etc. but unfortunately it looked like it could do with a complete renovation job down the actual pier. I didn't feel safe at all and couldn't wait to get out. My husband felt the same and we didn't go back.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We went their with my little boy (age 6) and we brought him a wrist band which was£8, for bigger kids and bigger rides it was £14! He loved it, loads of rides for him to enjoy, parents were allowed on the rides with the little ones for free( needed to stamp ur hand). Ppl dressed in kids cartoon suits... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Lots of places to separate you from your money....slot machines....amusements...bingo...fun fair...side show attractions...they are building an aquarium....its definitely worth a visit if youbare in the area

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Lydd, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Some very enjoyable activities but seemed a bit small, there was plenty of space to expand. We really enjoyed the bowling on the pier which had a speed meter which I had never come across before. Arcade big enough and few pool tables. Didn't attract loads of people.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The pier entrance is lined with beautiful blooms. I was there in August. The pier itself is not to bad, lot to do etc.

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A traditional pier - we took an evening stroll to the end of the pier in the fading sun light. Reminded us of childhood memories where we enjoyed other traditional piers in Great Yarmouth, Brighton and other places. A lovely experience..

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Plenty here to entertain all the family. Kids loved the rides. Everything very clean and seemed very well maintained. Can highly recommend to other families.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Went for the beach. Had a lovely morning in the Pavillion and then on the Pier in the afternoon. Children loved the rides. Staff friendly and fun. The beach was busy but clean, well maintained and safely watched over. Little train ride to Holland-on-sea and back was short and sweet, children enjoyed waving to the beachers as they went pass.

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Wainscott, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

even though it was cold there is plenty to do on the pier . its well maintained and looked after . when we went the emergency services were there to give a display and let the little ones go on the fire engines and rescue boats etc. the food out lets are good we had lunch on the pier and... More

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