Pier is the most popular free tourist attraction outside London

Pier is the most popular free tourist attraction outside London

Pier is the most popular free tourist attraction outside London

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THE historic Palace Pier in Brighton is the most popular free tourist attraction outside London, according to new figures.

The quintessential seaside attraction had four million visitors tread its wooden boards in 2013 – the same as in 2012.

Only the Tate Modern, the National History Museum, the National Gallery and the British Museum attracted more non-fee-paying guests last year.

The new figures, from Visit England, paint a mixed year for other key venues in the county with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and Wakehurst Place recording a small fall in visitor numbers compared with 2012.

A Royal Botanic Gardens Kew spokeswoman told the Argus: “Our visitor figures for 2012/13 were down by 3.4% at Wakehurst Place. As with any outdoor attraction we expect a small fluctuation in visitor numbers due to weather.”

Hove Museum and Art Gallery had a 14% drop in visitors. Council bosses said a refurbishment of its cafe was the main contributing factor for 6,000 fewer visitors compared with 2012.

It was better news for the Royal Pavilion, where more than 5,000 extra visitors paid to see inside the Chinoiserie masterpiece.

Janita Bagshawe, head of Royal Pavilion and museums for Brighton and Hove City Council, said visitor figures varied depending on weather and advance bookings.

She added: “We had a particularly strong summer for groups visiting in 2013 and this is reflected in the welcome rise in visitor numbers shown in the latest information available from Visit England.” Horsham Museum and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery also had a slight rise in visitor numbers compared with the year before.

The Grade II-listed Palace Pier, which owners The Noble Group put up for sale in June 2011 but then withdrew a year later after failing to find a suitable bidder, was the only attraction outside the capital to appear in the top 12 of most-visited UK free attractions last year.

It attracted four times the number of visitors than the second most popular attraction in the south east – Canterbury Cathedral.

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7:57am Thu 21 Aug 14

hyram77 says...

A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"! hyram77
  • Score: -5

8:50am Thu 21 Aug 14

Fight_Back says...

hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier. Fight_Back
  • Score: 26

9:14am Thu 21 Aug 14

twosugars says...

Makes you wonder why we apparently "need" the i360. If you have a choice between free and not free, which are most people going to go for.
Makes you wonder why we apparently "need" the i360. If you have a choice between free and not free, which are most people going to go for. twosugars
  • Score: 13

9:42am Thu 21 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

It is always packed with Londoners anyway....this is London by sea....or Skidrow .... I360 ha ha bring it on....and more or everything..... Rat infested Kebab Shops...filthy streets dossiers and tramps and druggies and ho's ... We have a better Pier and Lido anyway.... And less mock eys xxx come to a Worthing x
It is always packed with Londoners anyway....this is London by sea....or Skidrow .... I360 ha ha bring it on....and more or everything..... Rat infested Kebab Shops...filthy streets dossiers and tramps and druggies and ho's ... We have a better Pier and Lido anyway.... And less mock eys xxx come to a Worthing x Valentinian
  • Score: -10

10:29am Thu 21 Aug 14

argchat says...

hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
I spent 10 years on and off in Luton. You just don't realise how much you miss sussex. Brighton is fantastic along with the rest of the coast. When your born next to the sea it's very difficult to live anywhere else. Put it simply I don't think people understand how lucky they are to live down here. It's becoming a premium place to live, which is now reflected in the ridicolous house prices. Only people who have lived here all will know it as the Palace Pier. I'm glad it got changed to Brighton Pier due to the football connection with you know who.
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]I spent 10 years on and off in Luton. You just don't realise how much you miss sussex. Brighton is fantastic along with the rest of the coast. When your born next to the sea it's very difficult to live anywhere else. Put it simply I don't think people understand how lucky they are to live down here. It's becoming a premium place to live, which is now reflected in the ridicolous house prices. Only people who have lived here all will know it as the Palace Pier. I'm glad it got changed to Brighton Pier due to the football connection with you know who. argchat
  • Score: 8

10:50am Thu 21 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

argchat wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
I spent 10 years on and off in Luton. You just don't realise how much you miss sussex. Brighton is fantastic along with the rest of the coast. When your born next to the sea it's very difficult to live anywhere else. Put it simply I don't think people understand how lucky they are to live down here. It's becoming a premium place to live, which is now reflected in the ridicolous house prices. Only people who have lived here all will know it as the Palace Pier. I'm glad it got changed to Brighton Pier due to the football connection with you know who.
There's a football team called 'Palace'??????


Never heard of them.


I enjoyed your post.
[quote][p][bold]argchat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]I spent 10 years on and off in Luton. You just don't realise how much you miss sussex. Brighton is fantastic along with the rest of the coast. When your born next to the sea it's very difficult to live anywhere else. Put it simply I don't think people understand how lucky they are to live down here. It's becoming a premium place to live, which is now reflected in the ridicolous house prices. Only people who have lived here all will know it as the Palace Pier. I'm glad it got changed to Brighton Pier due to the football connection with you know who.[/p][/quote]There's a football team called 'Palace'?????? Never heard of them. I enjoyed your post. notslimjim
  • Score: 2

10:53am Thu 21 Aug 14

hyram77 says...

Fight_Back wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.
Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.[/p][/quote]Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-) hyram77
  • Score: -4

12:40pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Craig_Futurists says...

It's one of Brighton's few remaining gems, unfortunately the "Noble" group have destroyed it by apparently accidentally losing a whole theater and the decorative arches that use to run along it's length.
You'd a thought they'd have been punished for such destruction considering it's listed status.
It's one of Brighton's few remaining gems, unfortunately the "Noble" group have destroyed it by apparently accidentally losing a whole theater and the decorative arches that use to run along it's length. You'd a thought they'd have been punished for such destruction considering it's listed status. Craig_Futurists
  • Score: 11

2:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

hyram77 wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.
Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)
The i360 is already known as The Butt Plug.
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.[/p][/quote]Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)[/p][/quote]The i360 is already known as The Butt Plug. notslimjim
  • Score: 4

12:01am Fri 22 Aug 14

Motorcyclist says...

notslimjim wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.
Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)
The i360 is already known as The Butt Plug.
Good you have a new fantasy Stevo. You obviously appreciate a substantial erection.
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.[/p][/quote]Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)[/p][/quote]The i360 is already known as The Butt Plug.[/p][/quote]Good you have a new fantasy Stevo. You obviously appreciate a substantial erection. Motorcyclist
  • Score: 1

12:10am Fri 22 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Motorcyclist wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"!
Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.
Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)
The i360 is already known as The Butt Plug.
Good you have a new fantasy Stevo. You obviously appreciate a substantial erection.
I heard a rumour you once said something on here that could be verified.

Do you have a link to that, because I don't think it exists?
[quote][p][bold]Motorcyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: A couple of hours on the pier is always good fun and having lived in Brighton all my life I still visit the pier 2-3 times a year. I thought it was renamed "Brighton Pier" rather than "Palace Pier"![/p][/quote]Only by the in-Noble Group. To any true Brightonian it will always be the Palace Pier.[/p][/quote]Quite an old fashioned point of view on life "fight back" but I kind of like it. Palace Pier it is then. You will be calling the new i360 the West Pier next :-)[/p][/quote]The i360 is already known as The Butt Plug.[/p][/quote]Good you have a new fantasy Stevo. You obviously appreciate a substantial erection.[/p][/quote]I heard a rumour you once said something on here that could be verified. Do you have a link to that, because I don't think it exists? notslimjim
  • Score: -1

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