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Brighton Palace Pier (England)
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Brighton Palace Pier (England)
Date: 13/04/10, updated on 13/04/10 (158 review reads)
Advantages: Wide variety of amusements, activities and places to eat.
Disadvantages: Deliberately very commercial.
Brighton Palace Pier is commonly known as Brighton Pier, as it is the only functioning pier Brighton now has to offer. It is the biggest pier I have ever been on, reaching a massive 58m in width and over 524m in length. In comparison to other notable piers, it is bigger than Bournmouth Pier and Blackpool Pier, but smaller than Southend Pier.
The far end of the pier is equipped with a variety of rides. I feel that to properly inform the reader, I should make the following point:
Rides in theme parks are safe because they subjected to daily, rigorous safety checks. By contrast, travelling fairground rides are not safe, as they are constructed days before people go on them, and are often loosely put together. Brighton Pier is not a theme park, but has permanant rides, so presumably fits somewhere between the two. I mention this because the pier has a couple of very big rides. People have been killed, recently and in this country, by being thrown off huge fairground rides... so be careful!
Safety concerns aside, the rides are generally excellent, and cater for everyone from the adrenaline junkies to very small children. They include a log flume, two rollercoasters, (one of which has a loop,) two "tall pole" rides, (which spin with people on either end,) a haunted hotel ride, a carousel, a helterskelter and several other small rides. If the rides are not to your liking, there are many other activities, ranging from Dodgems, to getting Henna tattoos, to having your fortune told. The arcade is huge and there are a few interesting shops aswell.
The rides operate on a system of purchasing counters from a central kiosk. £20 buys you thirty counters, which sounds painful, but you can trade them back for money if you do not use all of them, or simply buy less in the first place. The log flume costs four counters per ride, which is approximately £2.67. This is not a bad price when you consider that entry onto the pier is free, and theme parks can charge £30 per ticket.
I was also impressed by the variety of food and drink available. Gone are the days of choosing between donuts, icecreams, and fish and chips, (although these are available.) Food eaten out of a box with a plastic fork now includes seafood and Chinese food. There are also cafes and bars on the pier itself.
You may well wonder how all of this entertainment fits on a pier. And yet despite the sheer amount of things to do, Brighton Pier manages to retain a comfortable amount of open space for sitting in deckchairs or walking. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting at the height of the holiday season, unless you particularly like wading through children.
Summary: All in all, well worth a visit!
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