The two Great Yarmouth Piers – Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier – are packed with family fun amusements, fairground style rides, great bars and cafes, theatres, bowling centres and more. Britannia Pier overlooking Central Beach and the Golden Mile has a modern amusement arcade with cutting edge video games and simulator rides plus its own theatre.Pier kiosks and shops selling everything from candy floss and doughnuts to novelty gifts and teddy bears at the Teddy Bear Factory run the full length of the pier.
Wellington Pier in Great Yarmouth overlooks South Beach and also includes a modern amusement arcade and the popular Wellington Bowl attraction. Family bars and cafes feature on both of Great Yarmouth’s spectacular family fun piers.
Great Yarmouth Pier History
Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier have a long seaside history in the resort. The original wooden Britannia Pier first opened in 1858 but was replaced with a wooden and steel pier which opened in 1902. The current fourth pavilion theatre on Britannia Pier dates from 1958 – this one replaced several former pier theatres destroyed by fire. See great historic old photographs of Britannia Pier on the pier’s website.
The original Wellington Pier on Marine Parade opened in 1853 but was rebuilt in 1858. A new Pavilion followed in 1903 as well as one of Great Yarmouth’s historic seaside treasures Winter Gardens which came here from Torquay. The Grade II Listed Winter Gardens is a rare surviving cast iron glass house from the Edwardian era. Restoration to preserve this rare seaside glass house treasure is soon to be highlighted in BBC documentaries.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.