North Pier is the first of Blackpool's three magnificent piers. Construction started in 1862 and the pier was built for a total cost of 11,500. North Pier first opened its doors to the public on May 23 1863 with a penny (about 0.5p) as the price of admission.

Famous for its peace and tranquility with generations of visitors, Blackpool's longest pier - a total of 1410 feet - has somehow managed to survive the changing face of the British Holiday for over 100 years. While it has survived two fires in its lifetime, the main promenade still retains many of its original features.

These days, the pier has been imaginatively upgraded and is amongst the resort's finest attractions. Also known for its theatre and top-class seasonal show, its amusements, shops, restaurants and bars and North Pier is also the resort's favourite sunbathing spot.

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