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Address: The Pier, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX, England
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+44 1255 421115

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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Lovely pier

Lovely pier. No problem with access for pushchairs/wheelchairs. Arcades and rides for the younger ones

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Keeley P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Oh what fun! Clacton pier has so much to offer. Set on a great beach with loads of activities from the fun fair to the mystical crystal ball reading machine ( reminds me of the Tom Hanks film Big).... wasn't too sure the grumpy teenagers would enjoy it but they did! Loved the camel derby and won loads of cuddly... More 

Thank Joanne R
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

had 3 games of bowling 3 adults 1 KID cost £17 very good value clean an tidy staff very nice drinks good value

Thank martin s
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the pier at Walton on the Naze the previous day and I must say that it made Clacton Pier look very shoddy indeed. The pier roof needs a really good clean, as does the inside. The arcades could also do with a spruce up. They really need to take a leaf out of their neighbours

Thank mandykaya1963
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely pier. No problem with access for pushchairs/wheelchairs. Arcades and rides for the younger ones

Thank Keeley P
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Clacton and as with most people that live here don't go on the Pier that much . We mainly go on there when we have visitors ourselves and they normally thoroughly enjoy it . The kids will obviously love it because apart from all the fun they can have , they don't have to pay for it... More 

Thank briannash2
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today I queued for the dodgems, got to the front to be told I can't pay with cash. I need a 'card'. No signs anywhere telling you this BEFORE you join queues. Go to buy card. I explain I just want to take 2 children on the dodgems. She sells me 2 cards. I queue AGAIN for the dodgems. Get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm constantly amazed at the changes on the pier. Rides being moved, new ones added, never standing still. The winter is a good time to see the changes taking place. Will it all be ready for Easter? I expect so, much of it will be ready for this week's half term. Well done pier people.

Thank GC-lover
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Again this could be so much better than it is with little effort if you are in the area a d if you are bored and if you have nothing else to do go then otherwise not so much

Thank toby975
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clacton Pier can be quite nice to visit as there are Amusement Arcades where you can have fun trying to win something back by dropping your 2p coins into the machines. There are small children's rides and some adult fun fair rides, bowling and bingo. You can also eat or drink in a restaurant or just go to walk along,... More 

Thank chamonix44
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your looking for a great day out by the beach this is the place, lots to do and large parts are undercover, which is very handy

Thank TonyLEssex

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