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Clarence Pier

Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Seaside amusement park on a pier overlooking the Solent at Portsmouth

Opened1861
SeasonMarch to late October
OwnerBilly Manning Limited
Websitewww.clarencepier.co.uk
NearbyBlackgang Chine (16 miles)
Paultons Park (23 miles)
Thorpe Park (50 miles)
Legoland Windsor (51 miles)
Chessington World of Adventures (52 miles)
Clarence Pier

Clarence Pier

There has been a pier on the coast near Southsea since 1861, although the original suffered damage during air raids in the Second World War. The current Clarence Pier was opened in 1961.

The pier is free to enter, with rides operating on a pay-as-you-go token system. One of Clarence Pier’s landmarks was the Skyways rollercoaster, which could easily be seen by passengers on passing ferries. This was removed in 2017 for “refurbishment”, although another rollercoaster has now opened on the site so it is not known whether it will really return.

Unusually, the pier doesn’t stick out to sea, but instead extends alongside the edge of the coast. This gives the park more of a boardwalk feel. Clarence Pier is not particularly large, but offers a small selection of other rides that are likely to keep families amused for an hour or so.

Attractions

Twister

Twister

Spinning flat ride

Waltzer

Waltzer

Traditional waltzer