Bournemouth Pier and Pier Approach

Bournemouth Pier and Pier Approach have undergone a major transformation to create a space that perfectly combines tradition with 21st century activities.

Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Pier has gone through many changes since it started life as a 100-foot wooden jetty in 1856. These have included a theatre and a roller skating rink. It now features the world’s first pier-to-shore zip-wire and Rock Reef, an adventure centre with climbing walls and activities.

West Key, the restaurant at the end of the pier is licenced to perform marriages and there has been one ‘in-flight’ proposal on the zip wire (she said yes!)

Bournemouth Pier Approach

Bournemouth Pier Approach has also had a major face-lift recently. It is now the home of Bournemouth Tourism, and features a family-friendly water play area with fountains and landscaping in keeping with the history and geology of the area. The IMAX building near the pier approach was demolished in 2013 and the space is now used as an open-air theatre during the summer and hosts various events during the year.

Big Wheel on the Pier

The Big Wheel will be on Bournemouth Pier for the summer. Open every day 11am – 10pm until 5 September 2017.

Summer Fun on the Pier

The firm favourites of a traditional English seaside town are still to be found on the pier –  fish and chips, an amusement arcade, buckets and spades, rock candy and ice cream.

Bournemouth Pier and Pier Approach are just a short walk down through the Lower Gardens from our private entrance into the Gardens.