Brighton’s West Pier and i360

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. Declared unsafe, the grand old lady was closed to the public in 1975. Read more »

A new West Pier for Brighton? We seek your views

Now that the i360 is being built, the West Pier Trust wants to know what people think about a West Pier.

We asked the Trust’s members and a majority think we should explore whether a new pier is feasible. Now we are asking the wider public for their views.

Please complete our short questionnaire

Activities for Schools

The West Pier Trust works with schools. We provide KS 1 & 2 sessions, talks, tours and activities at the Fishing Museum, West Pier site or on school premises at any time of the year.


Brighton's i360

The i360 – Brighton and Hove’s Eye to the Future, Find out about the new world-beating landmark is poised to adorn Brighton and Hove’s historic seafront.

West Pier Achive

Visit our photographic archive of the Pier. The photos range from the late 19th Century to through to photos showing the pier before the collapsed and the fire.

History of the Pier

Find out about the history of the Pier from it’s design in 1866 by Eugenius Birch to the collapse and fire 2002/3

Latest News


Another Photo from the 1960’s Archive

    Taken from the pier, it shows one of...Read more »


BBC Update on i360 Construction

Here’s a clip from last night’s BBC South East news

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March Newsletter

Read the latest news from the Trust here

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26 benefits the i360 will bring to Brighton

Here’s the i360’s latest blog post

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Another 1960’s Shot

Here’s the pier at night mid-60’s with part of one...Read more »


New Archive Photos

Trust member Roger Davis has sent us a wonderful collection...Read more »