The pier in Southwold is bucking the national trend of falling in to decline and continues to be a popular tourist attraction in the resort.
Originally built in 1900 as a landing stage for steamships it was 270 yards long with a t-shaped end. Unfortunately the landing stage, including the t-shape, was washed away by a storm in 1934. Three years later a concert hall & amusement arcade were added to the shore end of the pier to help attract more visitors as the steamships were no longer visiting.
During the second World War the pier had a section removed to reduce the risk of it being used in an invasion and it was then damaged by a mine. After the war ended £30,000 was spent rebuilding the pier but further storm damage in 1955 & 1979 reduced it’s length again, this time to just 20 yards.
After several smaller projects to breathe life back in to the pier a major refurbishment started in 1999. Three years later it was back to 208 yards long with a new t-shaped end, allowing visits by the PS Waverley, Britain’s only steam passenger ship still operating.
Today the pier is a vibrant mix of amusement arcade, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and the infamous water clock that puts on a show twice an hour. Make sure you pay it a visit while in Southwold!