Brighton's West Pier

For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Even today with its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront, the West Pier is still the most photographed building in Brighton.

Opening in 1866 as a simple promenade pier, by the early twentieth century with the addition of a theatre and concert hall, it had become a thriving centre of seaside entertainment. By the late 1920’s the fully developed West Pier was enjoying its glamorous heyday.

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celebrating the past

The West Pier Trust is committed through education and conservation to preserving and celebrating the history of the West Pier.

managing the present

The West Pier Trust is responsible for the remains of the pier and the administration of the site.

planning the future

The West Pier Trust is investigating the creation of  a new contemporary West Pier for Brighton which complements and enhances the character of the city.


British Airways i360

The West Pier Trust is the proud landlord of British Airways i360. The Trust believes this brilliant new landmark for Brighton is a worthy successor in design and engineering terms to the West Pier and confirms the city’s reputation for innovative world class architecture. It will undoubtedly play a significant role in the regeneration of the seafront, boost the city’s economy and make a future new West Pier more likely. Visit the British Airways i360 website

Photographic Archive

Visit our photographic archive of the Pier. The photos range from the late 19th Century through to photos showing the Pier before the collapse and the fire. Read more »

History of the Pier

Find out about the history of the Pier from its design in 1866 by Eugenius Birch to the collapse and fires of 2003. Read more »

Activities for School

The Trust is developing its schools education programme in partnership with The Fedora Group: an arts and heritage charity working in local schools and with  local museums. Read more »

Heritage Centre Kiosk

A focal point of the landscaping on either side of the i360 will be a restored 1866 octagonal kiosk which was salvaged from the pier in the late 1990’s. Read more »


Landscape Photographer of the Year Matthew Cattell on capturing the perfect shot

26th December 2016

For years I have wanted to witness a starling murmuration. Having recently moved to Berkshire, my wife and I have…read more

Explorer, geographer and expert cartographer, Nick Crane visits the West Pier Trust

22nd November 2016

We caught up with Nick Crane to talk about his role as President of the Royal Geographical Society, his connection with…read more

Interview with BAi360 creator David Marks

24th October 2016

David Marks always seems very relaxed for a man with a large amount of money tied up in the ambitious,…read more

West Pier 150th anniversary: Celebrating the past, present and future

23rd October 2016

On the anniversary of the West Pier’s opening on the 6th October, celebrations began at sunset with an illumination of…read more

People: Meet Board member Sal Wilson

30th September 2016

Sal Wilson, the Trust’s deputy vice-chair, brings practical skills and a commitment to the city of Brighton & Hove to…read more