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“Beauty” 5 of 5 stars
Review of West Pier

West Pier
Kings Road, Brighton, England
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Ranked #39 of 60 Attractions in Brighton
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
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Ashford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Its sad to see what once was such a beautiful pier now just big scraps of metal. As there was recently a storm and very strong winds it had damaged the pier and now it is basically damaged. Sad to see this historical sight in Brighton slowly dying away. Will look forward to seeing what happens to it in the future.

Visited July 2014
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“The picture shows Palace Pier”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

West Pier is no more after being burned down, rumoured to be by the lessees of Palace Pier. Who promptly renamed Palace Pier to Brighton Pier. One way to do away with your competition I suppose.

The point being that the image above is of Palace Pier and not West Pier which was a classy, genteel experience a millions miles removed from the kiss-me-quick of the remaining pier.

In summer, think Attenborough's Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock and Oh What a Lovely War – all gone now. Instead it's candy floss, lager, burgers'n'onions, donuts, fish'n'chips'grease, loud music, fun-fair… not an enjoyable experience unless that's your thing. Mid-winter is better, to watch the waves crashing in after Atlantic storms and seagulls flying backwards.

In summer it's better to try Worthing pier for a walk across the waves, deep breaths of ozone, fishermen, art exhibitions…

Visited June 2014
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“What a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

While it's sad that the Pier has burned down, it is still a remarkable sight to see. My wife and I walked by on the beach and was mesmerised by the beautiful ruins.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“So sad...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I remember the West Pier as a child (as a boy born in Brighton) never open but certainly intact. I also remember the many promises to renovate and reopen it. I always hoped this would happen after hearing tales of the pier from my parents, grand parents and even my great grandmother. I hadn't visited Brighton for many years and I certainly had a tear in my eye when I saw what was of the pier.

It is a wicked shame that this beautiful icon was allowed to decay.... I realise that some unfortunate events did befall the pier but I have literally seen the pier die in forty years. It is worth visiting... If nothing to contemplate what might have been...

Visited April 2014
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Good for the view... nothing more...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

It's very interesting to visit but only to admire the structures and the views...
The amusements are very poor...

Visited September 2013
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