It’s one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions and part of what makes the seafront so popular, but how much do you really know about it? We’re here to enlighten you with 10 fun facts that you (probably) didn’t know about Brighton’s Pier.
1. It’s Official Name Is Brighton Marine Palace and Pier
The pier’s official full name is Brighton Marine Palace and Pier but is more commonly known as Brighton Pier or Palace Pier. In 2000 however, it was renamed as Brighton Pier by the owners. That didn’t last for long though as it reverted to Brighton Palace Pier in July 2016.
2. It Cost £27,000 To Build
Having been constructed over a hundred years ago, it’s funny to think that most people’s cars and houses cost more now than it did for the pier to be built… Brighton Palace Pier opened to the public on 20th May, 1899 and has been legendary ever since.
3. It Contains 85 Miles Of Planking
The grand pier is 1,760 feet long and contains an amazing 85 miles of planking – to put it in perspective, that’s the distance from Brighton to Bicester…
4. The Pier Closed In WW2
During the events of World War 2 the pier was closed for a while as well as having some decking removed as a safety precaution.
5. It’s A Grade II Listed Building
The 20th August, 1971 was a monumental day for Brighton’s Palace Pier as the pier was declared a grade-II listed building.
6. More than 3M People Visit Every Year
As we all know, Brighton is a hotspot for tourists in the summer months, so it’s not surprising that more than three million people visit the Palace Pier every year.
7. It’s Featured In Lots Of Films & TV
Brighton is famous for its guest appearances in many famous films and the Palace Pier tends to be the main event for that, having featured in Doctor Who, Sweeney Todd, MirrorMask and a couple of Carry On films.
8. It Was Pier Of The Year…
In 1998 the National Piers Society named Brighton Palace Pier, pier of the year! However it hasn’t since re-earned that title…
9. There Was A Fire In 2003
Our beloved Palace Pier suffered a large fire on 4th February, 2003. Firefighters trying to tackle the blaze couldn’t drive their vehicles through due to the narrow pathways, so had to run a quarter of a mile on foot to the end. Luckily, damage was limited and most of the pier even opened the next day!
10. It Nearly Didn’t Exist
Brighton Palace Pier was nearly destroyed even before it opened! During the construction phase in 1896, there was a large storm and reportedly timber from another pier repeatedly battered the new structure, causing significant damage.