Brighton Pier, England

Brighton Pier deck chairs, England

Deck chairs for rent on Brighton Pier.

Things to do and see

Brighton Palace Pier, as it’s more correctly known,  offers a good tho pricey alternative to the beaches for kid-laden families with its merry-go-rounds, dodgems, haunted house, candyfloss, shooting ranges as well as some seriously scary high-altitude, high-speed pendulums that guarantee screams and nausea-induced tranquility later. Official attractions information

Brighton Pier amusements, England

Teens lurching away from a rocket ride.

Brighton Pier merry-go-round, England

The pier carousel.

Brighton Pier Elvis impersonator, England

Elvis reincarnated for a beginning-of-the pier show on a Brighton Sunday in August.

Opening times

The pier is open 374 days a year, excluding only Christmas day.

Some rides are occasionally unavailable due to maintenance, but that’s it! The gates open at 11am during the week and rides shut down between 5-6pm. At the weekend opening time is 10am and rides tend to close about 5pm/6pm. Opening is subject to weather conditions but many of the attractions are sheltered from the rain so still function in moderately bad weather.

Brighton Pier seats, England

Sheltered seating for windy or chilly days.

Brighton Pier view from beach, England

The pier seen from Brighton beach.

And when tourists have had enough salt air, shingle and slot machines they can explore the occasionally shabby but always striking streets of Brighton town centre.