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Address: The Pier, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX, England
Phone Number: 01255 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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Nice walk on pier, good fun on machines. Watched sea fishing at the end of pier, and had cup of tea and bun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Marilyn L
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st ives, cambs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice walk on pier, good fun on machines. Watched sea fishing at the end of pier, and had cup of tea and bun.

Thank Marilyn L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We all enjoyed our time here, plenty of places to eat and lots to do for the children, lots of rides and arcades. You can buy a wristband for the rides or pay as you go. Clean and tidy.

Thank Shelbell22
Nazeing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

lovely pier being renewed all the times i noticed new rides have been added all sorts of fun for all ages.

Thank debbiedisher
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not all that it used to be but still a good day out. Plenty of variety in arcade machines from 2p to ticket machines. And unlike a lot of places now you actually win the prizes in the 2p machines! Worth a couple of hours of time wasting

Thank McPherson308
Ashford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A pier full of amusements. None seemed available in September. Clean and pleasant. Nice coffee house at the end of the pier. Nothing other than amusements and fair rides though. A couple of small souvenir shops also closed in September. Nice miniature train ride at £3 return just outside the pier.

Thank John S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good range of tradional pier activities and amusements. Even has a helter skelter and a small rollercoaster. Nice walk to the end which has a large cafe and good views along the coast in both directions.

Thank John S
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tidy, well-maintained and full of things to do for all the family. It still maintains that air of yesteryear, that look in history when the pier was a part of the traditional British seaside resort. And it's free entry!

Thank Anthony P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A little expensive when you have children as its one big arcade. Not much to do out of season apart from the arcades looked everywhere for a gift shop and only found one :( BUT saying that it was still a really fun day out and we will be visiting again in season next ear because it looks like it's... More 

Thank Stephen H
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes we have come in September for a short break but nothing is actually open disappointed with it all

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the pier has quite a lot of things to do ,you can also go sea fishing at the end of the pier at accost of 6 pounds for the day which you get from the machine at the front of the pier.

Thank JOHN M

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