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.

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Calling all West Pier lovers! Help fund the restoration of the sole surviving complete West Pier building.

We are restoring an original octagonal 1866 pier kiosk to reinstate on Brighton seafront close to its original site. This exquisite structure will be the oldest pier building in the world and the UK’s first seaside learning centre.

To raise funds, we are selling West Pier fragments and artefacts.  Every item comes with a certificate of authenticity. As these pieces date back to 1866 or soon after, inevitably they show signs of wear and may not be completely perfect. Please get in touch if you would like to own a piece of Brighton’s history and contribute towards the restoration of this important building.

Please help us return this masterpiece to Brighton seafront in exchange for buying a unique piece of the finest pier ever built.

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.

West Pier News

West Pier Walk & Talk

  See our beautiful West Pier through the eyes of an expert with a 30 minute walking tour ...
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Attenborough and West Pier together again

The Attenborough family name is to be associated with Brighton’s iconic West Pier once again, 52 years after ...
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Sarah Mitchener Exhibition extended until September 21

Artist, Sarah Mitchener is exhibiting her work at the West Pier Centre, on the seafront until September 2021. ...
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The West Pier on Instagram

Presented by @thefedoragroup (West Pier Trust’s education partner) with support from #LotteryHeritageFund; #Brighton #PunchandJudy #Staycation Celebration will be visiting the #WestPier #Piazza on Aug 20th and 21st for traditional #seaside fun. ...

#WEEKEND #WestPier Walk & Talk brings alive #history of #Brighton's magnificent #pier - an engineering feat allowing visitors to promenade over the sea to a place of entertainment & joy #Iconic #Brighton heritage. Book ow.ly/P5Rf50Fzzk4 ...

Beautiful! #WestPier and #Brighton #Metropole in late 19th-early 20th century ...

#WestPierCentre is a wonderful celebration of the old #pier. Open & accessible to all, we hope you’ll soon visit to learn more about our past & our exciting future. Open 11-5pm, Fri, Sat & Sun until Sept. Look forward to seeing you! 103-105 King’s Road Arches, #Brighton BN12FN ...

A packed #WestPier on a sunny day in #Brighton just before the war
#Summer #Holiday ❤️
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In pictures: final years before #Brighton #Westpier closed https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-22510880 ...

#WestPier Walk & Talk brings alive #history of #Brighton magnificent #pier - an engineering feat allowing visitors to promenade over the sea to a place of entertainment & joy + the iconic structure it is today; loved as part of #Brighton heritage. Book ow.ly/P5Rf50Fzzk4 ...

Meet the people who made the #WestPier #Brighton famous, from daredevil divers to bomb disposal experts ow.ly/P5Rf50Fzzk4 #Walk&Talk the fascinating history of “Britain’s most important #pier” & how the legacy is being kept alive. ...

Visiting #Brighton this weekend? Book your place on #Westpier #Walk&Talk See the #Westpier through the eyes of an expert with a 30 minute walking tour suitable for all ages #westpiercentre #walkandtalk 🙂 ow.ly/P5Rf50Fzzk4 Image: Alex Bamford ...

Thx @TheKeepArchives Sanding the decks of the #westpier Mar 1948 #Brighton 😀 ...

Visiting #Brighton this weekend? Book your place on #Westpier #Walk&Talk See the #Westpier through the eyes of an expert with a 30 minute walking tour suitable for all ages #westpiercentre #walkandtalk 🙂 http://ow.ly/uyIa50Fzzk5 Image: Alex Bamford ...

The Bather by the #Westpier #Brighton 😎 @Alejezart ...

This weekend we have strong offshore winds in #Brighton if you're taking a #Paddleboard or #Kayak out pl take lots of care. Respect the water & @BrightonHoveCC advice. #Westpierwarning http://ow.ly/qTjg50FxfNp ...

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‘Brighton from West Pier' March 1887 #Brighton #Westpier ...

Walk & Talk #Brighton #Westpier Free this Sunday, just turn up. #westpier #westpiercentre #walkandtalk Book for remaining weekends 🙂 #event #Talk http://ow.ly/gPWJ50FteOl ...

Get the inside track on #Brighton’s most photographed iconic structure #Westpier #Brighton #Hove Walk & Talk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-pier-walk-talk-tickets-161374668979 Tours are free this w/e 10th & 11th. Suitable for all ages. ...

Get the inside track on #Brighton’s most photographed iconic structure #Westpier #Brighton #Hove Walk & Talk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-pier-walk-talk-tickets-161374668979 Tours are free this w/e 10th & 11th. Suitable for all ages. ...

#Westpier #Brighton Walk & Talk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-pier-walk-talk-tickets-161374668979 INTRODUCTORY OFFER ALL TOURS ARE FREE JULY 10TH & 11TH ...

#WestPier taken shortly after the pier’s 1866 opening. The image illustrates brilliantly both the symmetry of the West Pier and how it performed as a select and privatised extension to the seafront promenade reaching out over the sea. On its opening the West Pier was the most modern and innovative promenade pier in Britain; the use of decorative or ornamental cast iron was impressive.

Photograph from the collection of Robert Jeeves, of Step Back In Time, the prints, postcards and ephemera shop."
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