The idea of a staycation – holidaying in the United Kingdom – has often been dismissed in the past by many. However, with rising inflation and the current exchange rate of the £, staying in the UK for a holiday has never been more appealing. Plus, with more emphasis on the beauty of the British Isles, there has been a real surge in the number of people holidaying at home.
The UK has some incredibly beautiful and unique tourist attractions. Nothing speaks more of the old fashioned British sense of holiday fun like piers- a rather quaint British throwback to the past. Many piers were built over 100 years ago and tell interesting stories from a time gone by, often retaining their charm.
So why not visit a pier next time you’re on the coast?
If you were asked to name a pier in England, then Brighton would probably be the first that came to mind. Opened in 1899, the pier is still a major tourist attraction focus over a century later. Brighton itself is a charming place to visit; quaint and quintessentially English. The views onto the English channel are spectacular, especially when enjoyed from the end of the pier at sunset.
Mumbles Pier, on the Gower Peninsula, is often overlooked when it comes to UK piers, but it’s well worth a mention. The pier, which opened in 1898, is alive with activity in the modern world. Fishing is popular with residents, with affordable permits and equipment available at the arcade.
There are plenty of places to stay in Gower that allow you to base yourself on the peninsula itself, with easy access to the bay. You’ll never be short of options in a part of Wales that’s beautiful and wild in equal measures.
It’s impossible to talk about UK piers without a mention of Southend Pier. For one thing, it’s so big it’s hard to overlook; the pier stretches 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary. It was opened in 1889 and is now a Grade II listed building.