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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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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We decided to make the most of the weather and have a date at Clacton for a change. First thing we noticed was how cheap the parking was the further tou are from the actual pier so it's worth finding a spot and we picked a car park near the coastguard post and the Toby Carvery. It was £6 and... More

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Hayes, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Good fun but everything is shockingly overpriced. Wouldn't think wristbands would be worth is as there aren't that many rides but the rides are quite expensive without them.

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london,england
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Was a well run pier, the rides are cheap enough or get the band-rather too many machines for our liking but we did manage to get 2 despicable me plushes for our son from the skillstop grabber. Nice pier, could try and milk us a little less for cash. Bowling a bit of a swizz as we had booked a... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The pier here is your typical british sea side pier.Plenty of amusements,sea food ,ice creams,chips etc.No charge to go on pier unless you are fishing which is £5 for the day.We walked along pier which is getting on a bit and has signs of many recent repairs, to the end and several people were fishing in a special area at... More

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Real problem is the token from outside rides as you approach the pier cannot be used on the pier , this means you get stung with two lots of tokens and no way to refund those you don't use . Not reall acceptable

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a typical sea side pier, you cant go wrong really. Could do with a bit of modernisation but fun all the same. There is a aquarium there too which is small but very cheap to get in so would say give that a try too!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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

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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104 reviews 104 reviews
8 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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