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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

Daniel Defoe’s tour of South East England 1724 – 18th July 2024

Daniel Defoe is known to all as the author of Robinson Crusoe, but he was much more than the country's first novelist. In 1724 was published ...
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Captain Camp and the Bottom Scratchers – 25th April 2024

Paul Farrington has swam in the sea by the Palace Pier nearly everyday since 2009. As a graphic designer he has always loved printed ephemera, old ...
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Soaring over the West Pier: Drone Filming West Pier Ruins – 1st February 2024

In 2023 Sam Moore filmed the West Pier one early May morning in glorious sunshine and at an extreme low tide. Most of the structure was ...
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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

Book now for Captain Camp and the Bottom Scratchers – 25th April 2024 #Westpiercentre #Brighton https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/captain-camp-and-the-bottom-scratchers-tickets-758656440837 ...

@alejezart
Drawing day, pieces of a landscape. #Brighton #Westpier #PalacePier #alejez #alejezart
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The #BrightonPromettes of 1956. Trainee models who were on duty at weekends in the summer to offer advice and answer questions from tourists - accurate, helpful, smiling and courteous at all times. https://youtu.be/1BV7HLEElpU ...

King Charles III - Prince of Wales then - during his visit to #WestPier in 1999
#BrightonAndHoveMemories
📍 West Pier, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, UK
📅 Date: February 1999
PIc: Simon Dack
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#Westpier #Brighton shortly before its collapse @sugaredpumpkin 🧐 ...

Amazing photo! #Westpier #Brighton @michaelstevenharris ...

Thanks to @sugaredpumpkin for this photo of the #Westpier #brighton 😍 ...

Image by G & T. Taylor who was photographer to Queen Victoria, he produced some great postcards of Brighton & Hove. This card date is around 1906.@Stepbackintim ...

Secrets of the #RoyalPavilion – 29th February 2024
A Talk by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs on the Secrets of the Royal Pavilion. Book now! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-of-the-royal-pavilion-tickets-730265051427?aff=oddtdtcreator #brighton
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A reminder that we have expanded and refreshed our online shop.
We have a range of Pier-related items. We are especially pleased with our newly-designed tea-towel, which is now available for order. As well as mail order, we have a click-and-collect option so that you can pick up your orders in person at the #WestPierCentre. https://www.westpier.co.uk/shop/
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These are the first close up shots of the iconic #WestPier remains since the devastating fires of 2003 made the structure too dangerous to access. Click here to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apPoIQoaY2k ...

Stepbackintime
#WestPier from the beach. #Brighton
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Fog #Westpier #brighton
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#Westpier online shop 🧐https://www.westpier.co.uk/shop/ ...

On the Back of a Postcard – Book now! 28th March 2024 #Westpiercentre https://www.westpier.co.uk/event/on-the-back-of-a-postcard-21st-march-2024/ ...

Wow! That`s a stunner 📷 Brighton i360 @_fifis_clicks
#brighton #brightonandhove #visitbrighton #brightonbeach #sunset #brightonupyourday #whatsonbrighton #brightonsbestview
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#Brighton beach near #Westpier 1930 Stepbackintime ...

Brighton Swimming Club 1967. 56 years ago! Stepbackintime ...

West Pier 1920’s print
Sepia print of the #WestPier in its heyday. Amazing detail of the people, cars and activities which all added up to a great day out at the seaside. #Brighton https://www.westpier.co.uk/shop/west-pier-1920s-print/
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Night night Brighton.
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