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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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Odiham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

All the arcade games and amusements were really fun but I was disappointed when the roller coaster simulator was out of order

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited the pier at 6pm and we were the only people on it. We even got locked in and had to get out through walking through the arcade. Visit it during the day, not at night! If we had visited it during the day we may have given it a better score.

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Enfield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went on this ride on the Pier and were warned that the ride stopped sharply at the end. We braced for the stop, but did not expect to to be hurled forward at a speed similar to a car accident. My wife and I had bruised ribs and knees. Please be weary and avoid if you... More

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

As long as you enjoy the various rides, it's good value for money. If not, then just enjoy the sea air and the views from along the pier.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Hav nt been to Clacton pier for about 30 years and was pleasantly surprised to how much it had improved since then. Mostly arcades and fairground rides, had a mini sealife centre that my grandson thoroughly enjoyed. Was a bit noisy for me with all the noise from the rides etc but great for the youngsters

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Went here for a few hours with my 11 year old daughter and really enjoyed ourselves. Thought the £14 wristbands were a bit steep but luckily had a bogof voucher we could use. Just a shame a couple of the rides were not working. Had a great time playing 10 pin and loved the cafe at the end of the... More

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great place to spend an enjoyable few hours with the kids. For £14 we were able to buy a wristband for unlimited rides. There were no long queues and the kids were able to have repeat visits with no waiting. Cheaper than many sea side resorts

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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