Brighton Palace Pier is one of England’s most-loved free attractions, according to a new poll.
The popular seafront structure came third in the survey, which was carried out by National Express. Brighton lost out only to the National Parks of the Lake District in Cumbria and Peak District in Derbyshire. The other top-five spots went to Hadrian’s Wall Newquay’s beaches.
The only other attraction in the county to have made the list is the Novium Museum in Chichester.
This good news couldn’t be more timely; Pier bosses have just unveiled three new attractions including an updated version of the beloved dolphin derby. A new sign, which will see the original title of ‘Brighton Palace Pier’ restored to the structure, is also in the works. It’s been designed by Lucy Williams, who also created the colourful Open Market sign.
The instantly recognisable grade II listed structure was built as the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier during the 1890s and was known as the Palace Pier until 2000 when it was controversially rebranded Brighton Pier.