What to do on Bournemouth Pier? Bournemouth Beach Pier

You simply cannot visit Bournemouth without going to see the famous Bournemouth Pier. Steeped in history, Bournemouth Pier has been there since 1861. Built at an original cost of only £2600 which was a lot of money back in the 1800s, the Pier was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of London.

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Bournemouth Pier

Apart from the Bournemouth Beach Pier being closed for 2 years in 2011, this iconic structure has gone from strength to strength.

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Today the Bournemouth Beach Pier is a hive of activity. Not only did it win a competition for the most instagrammable place in the UK, but it’s also host to a variety of famous events and shows, and also includes the famous Bournemouth Zip Wire installed in 2013.

What to do on Bournemouth Pier?

On Bournemouth Pier, you will find an Amusements Arcade a Family Activity Centre, a Zip Wire, and a restaurant. There is also a souvenir shop at the entrance where you can buy tickets for the Bournemouth Pier shows and other events.

How long is the Pier?

Bournemouth Beach Pier is 1,000ft long. It wasn’t always this length, it was extended over the years during the 4 different stages of re-builds.

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The Amusement Arcade on Bournemouth Beach Pier

At the entrance of Bournemouth Pier, you will find the Pier Amusement Arcade. Created as a family entertainment centre. Full of the most up-to-date games with great prizes. The Family amusement centre has been created with families in mind with a great family, friendly atmosphere. There is a wide range of family-orientated games for everyone to take part in and enjoy. As well as the most up-to-date games for the avid gamer, there is also a really good pinball area.

What Restaurants are Near Bournemouth Beach Pier

Bournemouth Pier is positioned near many restaurants on Westover Road, a short walk away. There are also restaurants on the Pier approach as well as a restaurant actually on the Pier itself.

Take a look at our guide on the Best Bournemouth Restaurants.

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Rock Reef

The incredible Rock Reef on Bournemouth Pier involves 25 different ‘Clip ’n’ Climb’ climbing walls, an aerial obstacle course and 65m of pier caves plus a terrifying vertical drop slide, a leap of faith jumping challenge and a cafe.

The Bournemouth Beach Pier Restaurant

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At the end of Bournemouth Beach Pier, there is a fabulous restaurant within the Pier itself, with amazing panoramic sea views. There is also a large sun terrace which is perfect for catching the sun’s rays or to sit with a drink and watch the sun go down. You’ll get to take in the views of Bournemouth beach which in 2021 was voted the UK’s No.1 beach.

Key West has a happy hour every single day! From 3 pm until they close, what more of a reason do you need to visit Bournemouth Pier!

Click here to book a seat at Key West Restaurant

Bournemouth Beach Pier Zip Wire

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Bournemouth Pier is the first pier to have a zip wire in the whole world! A 250-meter zip wire takes you from the highest point of the Pier, 25 meters above sea level, all the way down, over the sea to the beach below. A truly amazing, thrilling experience and a unique way to take in Bournemouth’s views.

Click here to find out more about the Bournemouth Zip Wire.

Click here to book Bournemouth Zip Wire

What are the Opening Times?

Bournemouth Beach Pier is open 7 days a week, every day from 9 am to approximately 11 pm

How much does it cost to go on Bournemouth Beach Pier?

Bournemouth Pier is free in the winter months from October 31st onwards. The Pier is free all year round for disabled people and their carers, it’s also free for under 5s. There is a small fee to go on the Pier during the summer months.

Is Bournemouth Pier dog friendly?

All Dogs are allowed on the Pier but they must be kept on a lead. Go here for a full list of Dog Friendly Beaches Bournemouth.

Can you jump off of Bournemouth Pier?

It would be extremely dangerous to jump off Bournemouth Pier. There have been many significant emergencies in the past when people have done this and had to be rushed to the hospital. Because of this, it is now prohibited and illegal for anyone to jump off Bournemouth Pier.

Can you fish on Bournemouth Pier?

You can fish on Bournemouth Pier all year round. You’ll have to pay the Bournemouth Pier’s usual entrance fee on arrival.

In the Summer you can expect to catch: Bass, Mullet, Mackerel, Garfish, Gurnard, Bream, Scad, Ray, Dogfish, Soles and Flounders.

In the Winter you can expect to catch: Place, Codling and Whiting

Is there a car park at Bournemouth Pier?

There is a car park next to the Royal Bath Hotel on Bath road which is a short walk from Bournemouth Pier.

Hotel Near Bournemouth Pier

The nearest hotel to Bournemouth Beach Pier is the Royal Bath Hotel.

Oceanarium Bournemouth

The famous Oceanarium Bournemouth is situated on Bournemouth Pier. You’ll find it on the Pier approach.