Seaside amusement park on a pier overlooking the Solent at Portsmouth
|Season||March to late October|
|Owner||Billy Manning Limited|
|Nearby||Blackgang Chine (16 miles)|
Paultons Park (23 miles)
Thorpe Park (50 miles)
Legoland Windsor (51 miles)
Chessington World of Adventures (52 miles)
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.
Spinning flat ride