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Address: The Pier, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1255 421115
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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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Good rides, nice staff and clean

I've lived in Clacton for years now but don't often visit Clacton Pier. A few friends and I went in the late summer as one of them was moving down South, so we thought it was only... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Colchester, United Kingdom

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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely pier with something for every body. We visited Claxton pier with our 2 children 5 and 9. A little bit for everyone even had it's its own aquarium for £2 each

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have visited many times as nan with my child and grandchild I.e. three generations and we have all thoughrely enjoyed our visits.hopefully now I am a young great grandma it will be four generations in a couple of years.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Pier is an amazing place and for kids to spend time on the rides and just looking out to sea is really a lovely time. Eating places aree close by too and the sea is gorgeous.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived in Clacton for years now but don't often visit Clacton Pier. A few friends and I went in the late summer as one of them was moving down South, so we thought it was only fitting to go to Clacton Pier. We each purchased a wristband which was reasonably priced and spent a couple of hours going on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent pier even in winter, there are more rides etc in the summer season. Free entry, lots to do or just a walk along the pier. Great traditional pier with great free firework displays from the end of the pier mostly at bank holidays.

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Thank WoodNA
Little Clacton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

my favourite place even though i cant get there very often now, love seeing people having fun, eating all the food they have on the pier from burgers to candy floss

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Overall good place to go, but then everyone has to visit the pier, when visiting the seaside. Clean ,tidy and no problems. Bowling alley on site and food good value for what you get. Staff quick, helpful and very polite.

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Essex
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Not a lot one can say about this pier except it is certainly not the best we have encountered and relies a bit too much a machines

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Me, my girlfriend and her 3 year old girl spent 2-3 hours here in the off-season, which we felt was the perfect amount of time. None of the bigger rides were open and the atmosphere was a little quiet - but this was a positive for us. We liked the wide range of arcade machines and games, something for everyone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

free entry is a great deal esp if you have a large group of people. theres lots of rides and bingo slot machines go kart aquariunm small shops and resturants. firework displays at certain times of the year... a must to see

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