Bournemouth Pier

An essential part of any visit to Bournemouth

Bournemouth Pier makes the perfect photo location for a memory of your stay in Bournemouth.

On a sunny day you will have blue skies in the background and the beautiful, award winning beaches. Off season it's free to get on the pier, during the main season there is a small fee to get on.

At the pier entrance you'll find a large arcade with the latest games, a number of units selling everything from ice-cream to sun hats, postcards and lots more. Above the arcade is Aruba bar and restaurant.

On the pier itself you'll find the Rock Reef activity centre, Pier Zip wire and Key West Restaurant.

History of the Pier
At a cost of £2,600 the new Bournemouth Pier was opened by the Lord Mayor of London in August  1880. Consisting of an open promenade, it stretched to a length of 838 ft (255.4 m) and spanned some 35 ft (10.6 m) across the neck of the pier, extending to 110 ft (33.3 m) at the head. Two extensions, in 1894 and 1909 respectively, took the pier's overall length to more than 1000 ft (304.8 m). 

The theatre on the pier closed in 2014, converted to an indoor activity centre, Rock Reef.


  • Pier Approach
  • Bournemouth
  • Dorset
  • BH2 5AA