National Piers Society
Welcome to the National Piers Society

The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future.

Piers at RiskAt Colwyn Bay, for example, strenuous efforts are being made to secure funding to save the now dilapidated Victoria Pier from being demolished.

Birnbeck Pier at Weston-Super-Mare, unique in being built partially on an island, is also in mortal danger of being lost forever.

And, at Hastings, the fierce battle by local  people, led by the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust, to save their beautiful pier following the devastating fire on October 5th 2010 is demonstrating how piers at risk can still be saved.

The National Piers Society was founded in 1979 under Sir John Betjeman, at a time when some of the finest piers were threatened with demolition. Over the years the Society has grown steadily and has become well established as the leading authority on piers. Through its efforts, several piers that would otherwise have vanished, remain for the enjoyment of everyone.

Brighton Palace PierThe Society's aims are to promote and sustain interest in the preservation and continued enjoyment of seaside piers. It publishes a quarterly magazine, PIERS, and advises heritage bodies, lottery boards, local authorities and the media on pier matters. It maintains links with the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (representing pier owners) and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, whose ships operate excursions from pier landing stages.

The Society has instituted an award scheme for engineering achievement Clevedon Pierin pier restoration. It organises visits and talks and holds its Annual General Meeting in a different resort each year. In the longer term, the Society wishes to establish a network of regional branches and a National Piers Museum.

We organise visits and talks and hold our Annual General Meeting in a different resort each year. The 2014 AGM was held at Ryde on the Isle of Wight on Saturday July 12th to celebrate Ryde Pier's 200th anniversary and included the launch of the Society's new book, British Seaside Piers.

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  What's Occurring?  

NPS on Facebook


The National Piers Society Facebook pages are where we provide regular news updates and comment, advise of upcoming events and welcome feedback on any Society issues.

NPS on Twitter


Twitter gives you up to the minute news and views on what's happening in the world of seaside piers. If you don't want to be left out in the cold, you really should be following our tweets.

Pier of the Year 2016


Congratulations to Cleethorpes Pier on winning PIER OF THE YEAR 2016.
Worthing Pier came second, closely followed by Llandudno in what was the 20th year of the competition.

Other UK Piers and Jetties


Here we provide a list of the large number of structures, additional to those detailed in the main sections of this website, but referred to nonetheless as 'piers' or 'jetties', which were built throughout Britain

International Piers and Jetties


Piers and other pier-like structures have been built in a number of countries outside the United Kingdom. The most significant of these structures are listed on this page with links to reference websites where available.