Blackpool is home to not one, not two, but three Victorian piers: North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier. Whether you’re looking for live entertainment, amusement rides, arcades, food stalls and games, there is something for everyone.
Each pier has its unique features which make up our seaside heritage, so why not discover all three? Start your stroll at North Pier, our oldest pier of the three and, at your leisure, walk the Golden Mile towards Central Pier and finish at South Pier. The walk from North to South is around 1.6 miles and will take around 35 minutes (excluding the piers). Don’t fancy the walk? Hop onto the tram to take you on a scenic journey along the Golden Mile every 20 minutes in high season.
COVID-19 safety measures on Blackpool Piers
Upon arrival to North Pier, Central Pier and South Pier, you will find the following measures:
- Capacity limits to allow for social distancing
- Pier Wardens have been introduce to manage Pier capacity numbers and they are identifiable by wearing high-vis jackets
- Social distancing signage across the three piers
- Hand sanitiser stations available
- One-way route in some areas for entry, exit and toilet access
- Some arcade machines and rides have been taken out of operation to comply with social distancing guidelines
- Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, concentrating on high-touch areas
For more information on their COVID-secure measures, visit their website. All piers will be open from 10am to late every day.
Blackpool North Pier
Blackpool North Pier is the longest and oldest pier of the three, dating back to 1863. The North Pier is the only Blackpool pier to hold Grade II listed status and is often classed as a family favourite for visitors.
There’s plenty of things to do on North Pier – find classic entertainment in the Merrie England Bar, twirl around on the Venetian carousel ride, whizz down the infamous Helter Skelter or cosy up in the new Bloom Bar (previously The Carousel Bar).
This charming pier is the epitome of seaside simplicity. Even better, in late autumn to early winter, North Pier is home to a spectacular bird display known as a murmuration. Thousands of starlings sweep, wheel and dart through the sky as they come to roost under the pier. It’s truly a sight to behold, so make sure you have your camera at the ready to catch the display and you might be lucky to see a beautiful sunset as the backdrop!
Merrie England Bar
The Merrie England bar opened in the 1960s is the ideal place to watch the world go by. The bar regularly features live music every weekend during the summer and the Illuminations season; sporting events are also featured on the large screens within the bar.
The newest addition to North Pier is their wonderful Bloom Bar. With instagrammable décor and panoramic views, this is the ideal place to relax with a drink of gin or prosecco. Their luxurious lounge is suitable for all the family so bask in the views and get ready for a plethora of photo opportunities!
Blackpool Central Pier
With its wide array of attractions, amusements, shows and shopping, Central Pier is at the heart of the Blackpool coastline and is home to the instantly recognisable Big Wheel.
The Big Wheel
Will you dare to ride the Big Wheel? Central Pier’s Big Wheel installed in 1990 has become an iconic part of our Blackpool skyline, so don’t miss out on the unmissable views from the top!
Heights not for you? Take a walk along the waves and marvel at the beautiful coastline views – the views are still amazing from ground-level. There is also a mix of fairground rides on Central Pier suitable for all of the family to enjoy throughout the season.
Pirate’s Bay Family Bar
Ahoy there! Pirate’s Bay Family Bar is located at the end of Central Pier and there’s something for everyone. With free live entertainment during the summer holidays, this friendly venue is the ideal place to keep your children entertained while you relax after a busy day in the resort.
All of the three piers have an arcade, but Central Pier is usually the most bustling of them all! Try your luck on the fruit machines and soft toy grabber cranes or test your skills on the old school penny pushers - there’s plenty to do in the arcade to pass the time.
Blackpool South Pier
South Pier is a fun-filled day out for those of all ages. The Laughing Donkey family bar host free live entertainment as well as a beer garden with one of the best views in town. It’s also the most adrenaline-powered of the three piers with an array of thrill rides to tempt you.
Whizz round the Crazy Coaster, the UK’s fastest spinning wild mouse ride, splash down the Log Flume or feel the adrenalin rush of the SkyCoaster, Skyscreamer - Reverse Bungee, Spider Mountain and Maxi Bungee trampoline in the Adrenalin Zone. If you’re after head-spinning thrills, South Pier is guaranteed to raise your vocal cords!
Laughing Donkey Family Bar
During the school holidays, the Laughing Donkey Family Bar on South Pier will entertain you – and the entertainment is completely free! The Laughing Donkey is also a dedicated sports bar, showing an array of sports from football to darts on their large indoor and outdoor screens.