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.

With the outbreak of the second world war, and the changed circumstances of its aftermath, the fortunes of the West Pier began to decline. As the fashion for foreign holidays took hold in the 50’s and 60’s, the neglected pier fell into disrepair.

Become a Member

Please support the Trust by becoming a member. You will receive our monthly newsletter and invitations to talks and events.

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 »

News and Events

August’s newsletter from the West Pier Trust

30th August 2016

It’s been a busy August with the opening of BA i360.  Here’s a round up of events and news of the events planned around the…read more »

Rise – the British Airways i360

16th August 2016

Sam Moore from Visual Air has been working with British Airways i360 to create this beautiful edit he’s titled ‘Rise’ which includes some fantastic shots of the ‪#‎westpier.…read more »

West Pier Trust seeks volunteer to assist with film archive

6th August 2016

British Airways i360 is up and running!  And The West Pier Trust is at the start of an exciting new era. Among the various projects…read more »

A little earlier in the month than usual, here’s the latest news from the West Pier Trust

22nd July 2016

This month we’re paying tribute to our longest-serving West Pier Trust member, the inimitable Len Goldman, and hail the opening of British Airways i360. Read…read more »

Murmuration over the West Pier – A film by Ralph Brown and Andy Baybutt

16th July 2016

A stunning film made 15 years ago by filmmakers Ralph Brown and Andy Baybutt captures exactly how intricate and ornate the design of the West…read more »


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