Lord Edward Cavendish opened Eastbourne pier initially in April 1870 but the work on it was only completed in 1872. The pier is built on stilts and is 300 metres in length, because the stilts rest in cups on the seabed the pier will move in harsh weather conditions.
The entrance to Eastbourne pier was built on the lower promenade to start with but storms in 1877 swept it away. When the entrance was rebuilt it was done so on a higher level.
In 1888 a domed pavilion that seated 400 was built and later a large theatre that could host 1000.
During WWII decking was taken off the pier to make space for machine guns which had an ideal location to challenge any enemy landings.
Eastbourne pier was purchased by Mr Sheikh Abid Gulzar in 2015 and he has since renovated the pier to a high standard.
The Burlington Hotel is a 1 minute walk from the pier, so you can really get stuck into everything the pier has to offer. If you’re staying at The Majestic Hotel is a short 9 minute walk away should you choose to stay further down the coastline.
Right at the front of the pier is a traditional fish and chip shop where they make fresh to order battered fish and wonderful chips. You can enjoy your meal in the chippy or one of the many benches on the open deck.
Jump into the Victorian era and feast on a traditional afternoon tea on classic bone china. The tea rooms can seat up to 70 people and you can hire the venue out for any occasion with a lavish Victorian theme.
The waterfront pub was completely refurbished in 2016 and it is now 1901, the jazz lounge with blues kitchen. Step into a relaxing jazz scene, have a drink or two and enjoy the live entertainment.
Airbourne is Eastbourne’s International airshow that you can get a full view of from the pier’s great location. This event is held every summer and includes flying displays, ground attractions, kids club, food and shopping, bandstand concerts, military exhibition and an impressive firework finale.
Next time you enjoy the splendour Eastbourne’s beach front has to offer make sure to set aside enough time to experience Eastbourne pier. It’s a truly glorious way to spend a day!