After decades of being left to fall into disrepair seaside piers seem to be making a come back with multi million pound restorations or transformations taking place. The Brits seemed to have somewhat of a fascination with the seaside and piers in the 50's and now retro days out and holidays are again a cool and fun thing to do. Whilst there is sadly only 58 piers left standing in the UK, just over half of what there was at the beginning of the 20th century. It seems that investors are now looking at these historical and beautiful structures as either potential new residential developments or more traditionally and excitingly as way of reviving the good old British seaside resort and pleasure pier. Bluebells and Seashells thinks this is fantastic and looks forward to guiding all holiday makers looking to extend the seaside day out to a lovely long weekend or relaxing week break to one of the many hotels, B&B's or guest houses we have next to some of the UK's finest piers.
 
The Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare, was first built in 1904, but after two fires one in 1933 and another of a more horrific nature in 2008 it sadly closed. However after major restoration work at an estimated figure of £39 million it reopened again in 2010. The hard work seems to have paid off for The Grand Pier in Weston as in 2011 it was named pier of the year by The National Piers Society and over the Easter weekend welcomed over 100,000 visitors a record for the pier. Bluebells and Seashells has plenty of accommodation in and around Weston Super Mare, so you can either spend a weekend in a B&B or guest house visiting the Grand Pier or take a day trip whilst staying in a self catering cottage or farm house in Somerset. 

Our piers are unique and oozing with nostalgia and it's not just Weston Super Mare that deserves a visit. Brighton has a bustling pier with thousands of tourists swinging by for fish and chips. Brighton is also a great city hot spot for nights out, restaurants and shopping. Blackpool Pier is again another fantastic sight for tourists and the epitome of quintessential english charm with a ferris wheel and tribute acts still going strong. Bluebells and Seashells love to champion any reason to stay in the UK for your beloved holiday and with the forecasted revival of the pleasure pier and seaside break why not book a hotel, guest house or B&B in or around Weston-Super-Mare, Brighton or Blackpool whilst you still can and see for yourself that some of the UK's piers are still thriving.

 

Map of piers across Great Britain: http://www.piers.org.uk/pierpages/NPS0regionssurv.html

 

 

SURVIVING PIERS

Aberystwyth Royal Falmouth Skegness
Bangor Garth Felixstowe Southampton Royal
Beaumaris Gravesend Town Southend-on-Sea
Blackpool Central Gt Yarmouth Brittania Southport
Blackpool North Gt Yarmouth Wellington Southsea Clarence
Blackpool South Harwich Southsea South Parade
Bognor Regis Hastings Southwold
Boscombe Herne Bay Swanage
Bournemouth Hythe Teignmouth Grand
Brighton Palace Llandudno Torquay Princess
Brighton West Lowestoft Claremont Totland Bay
Burnham-on-Sea Lowestoft South Walton-on-the-Naze
Clacton Mumbles Weston-S-M Birnbeck
Cleethorpes Pier 39 Paignton Weston-S-M Grand
Clevedon Penarth Weymouth Bandstand
Colwyn Bay Victoria Ramsey Queens Weymouth Pleasure
Cromer Ryde Worthing
Deal St. Annes Yarmouth (I.O.W.)
Dunoon Saltburn  
Eastbourne Sandown Culver
 

 

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