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The West Pier Centre

The West Pier Centre is the seafront home of the West Pier Trust. You can find us on beach level in an arch east of Brighton i360, near the Golden Spiral at the foot of the slope opposite the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Visit us for information about the West Pier, exhibitions, books and souvenirs, monthly talks, events, education and community engagement sessions.

We are open 11am – 4.30pm Thursdays – Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Occasionally, in bad weather or to hold Trust meetings, we may have to close temporarily. Please contact 01273 321499 or info@westpier.co.uk to check.

West Pier in Close Up

These are the first close up shots of the iconic West Pier remains since the devastating fires of 2003 made the structure too dangerous to access.

Shot on the lowest tide of the year, the West Pier Trust investigation in association with Visual Air shows the West Pier is in better shape than first hoped. Beautiful detailed ironwork still survives,  along with staircases, walkways and much of the original support structure.

The ruin has also become a haven for wild life home to  cormorants and a myriad of other birds as well as sea life.

Credit: Sam Moore at Visual Air

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.

Brighton's West Pier

For more than 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.

West Pier News

Re-building by the sea: post-war seaside architecture with Kathryn Ferry – October 17th 2024

Access to the coast was severely restricted during World War II and many resorts suffered bomb damage to key parts of their tourism infrastructure. This talk ...
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The Academy of Punch & Judy

The Academy of Punch & Judy project launched recently at the West Pier Centre. Prof. Glyn Edwards Brighton's Punch and Judy man and 'Professor' says, 'The ...
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The End of the Pier

‘The End of the Pier’ Exhibition at the West Pier Centre from 4th July 2024. A nostalgic photographic journey. Tim Rudman FRPS 'After being declared unsafe ...
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The West Pier Ruin

The West Pier was destroyed in two arson attacks in 2003 dashing all hopes of restoration. The ruin is in a state of active collapse and has been for three decades. We don’t know when the ruin will collapse further although it is certain it will happen and most probably will eventually become an off-shore reef only revealed at low tide. The structure is dangerous and should not be approached.

We have a management plan in place to mark the site, warn people not to approach and to remove debris that reaches the beach at low water. We do not have the funds to maintain the ruin in a steady state: it is technically just not feasible. But as an active ‘living’ ruin it is fascinating to watch the site naturally evolve and change.

The West Pier on Instagram

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