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First opened in 1880, the Bournemouth Pier has served as one of Britain’s favourite national summertime destinations for many years, and has undergone various improvements and extensions over this time. The original pier stretched 250 metres out into the sea and with the addition of the bandstand in 1885 the pier reached an impressive 300 metres long. The area is renowned for hosting Britain’s premiere beach festivals.

Like all southern piers, when the Second World War broke out the Bournemouth Pier was substantially deconstructed in case of a German invasion. Shortly after the war, however, the pier was quickly reconstructed to its current state with the neck rebuilt in concrete and the replacement of the old destroyed buildings with a two-storey leisure complex.


The Rockreef Activity Centre stands near the end of the pier and is home to various activities that the whole family can enjoy, including wall-climbing at the Clip’n’Climb, a highline obstacle course, a Pier Cave – great for the kids, and the PierZip Line, a zip-line launching from the tall tower at the end of the pier and finishing at the beach, flying across the surf and waves.


Bournemouth boasts no less than seven miles of nationally-famous beaches that have frequently been voted the best in Britain. The coastline features numerous restaurants, cafés, and seafront attractions as well as being the country’s cleanest beach that is enjoyed by millions upon millions of people each year. Parts of the beach also host multiple beach huts that can be hired all year round and are great for families and visiting groups.

The location has retained its Blue Flag status, awarded for fantastic water quality, cleanliness, safety, and environmental management for twenty years… and no wonder!


The first pier in Bournemouth was designed by George Rennie and opened in 1861 and was much shorter than the current pier. Over its two decade lifespan it fell victim to frequent misfortune: a gale destroyed its landing stage, choppy waters during a storm collapsed lengths of its walkway, and in 1866 its wooden beams had to be replaced due to a shipworm attack! The Rennie Pier was eventually demolished in 1877 in preparation for the construction of the modern Bournemouth Pier.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
B3081 (Rd), Sutton Hill, Woodlands, Wimborne
Dorset, England, BH21 8NQ
+44 (0)1202 822 763

Contact Details

  • Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH2 5AA
  • GPS: 50.71538530134073,-1.8753172857055915
  • Phone: 0044 (0)1202 451 781
  • Part of UK: England
  • Sat Nav Postcode: BH2 5AA
  • Entrance Fees: Free Access
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Visibility from Road: Excellent
  • Image Credits: Ian Woolcock

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