South Parade Pier stands proudly in the centre of Southsea’s stunning 4 mile coastline with amazing unique views of the Isle of Wight and across The Solent.
South Parade Pier has a very colourful and eventful history: it has been destroyed by fire 3 times, the most infamous being in 1974 during the making of the film 'Tommy'; it was requisitioned during World War II for the preparation and embarkation of troops for the D-Day landings; and as an entertainment venue many famous names have performed there, including, Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers, David Bowie and Genesis. After years of neglect, this much-loved Victorian structure has been restored to its former glory and is now fully open for the public to enjoy.
As a traditional seaside pier, South Parade Pier has plenty of fun for all the family. There is an all new family amusement arcade, shopping, fairground rides, fishing and many other seaside seasonal activities.
You can get an ice cream at the ice-cream parlour, have a cup of tea and cake on the promenade, breathe in the sea air with take-away fish and chips or dine in style with amazing views at the Deep Blue restaurant. There are numerous food and drink outlets dotted all around the pier to suit all tastes and appetites.
The heart of the pier is the famous Gaiety Bar. As well as a licensed bar and restaurant serving breakfasts and Sunday roasts, the Gaiety Bar has a full and varied events program with everything from afternoon tea dances to live music concerts and charity boxing matches. For more information visit the website for all up and coming events.
The pier is open all year round 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) and is free to come and enjoy.
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Disabled persons toilet
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Wheelchair user accessible
Children & Infants
- Family Friendly, Children Welcome
- Dogs Accepted
Parking & Transport
- Railway station within 5 miles
- Railway station within walking distance
Map & Directions
South Parade Pier is situated on South Parade Road, the main thoroughfare along that part of Southsea seafront. There is roadside parking along South Parade Road, as well as Clarence Esplanade and Eastney Esplanade. There is also a small car park just 500 metres to the east of the pier, near the Model Village and Canoe Lake.
Public Transport Directions
Buses stop at South Parade Pier (A-E) along St Helen's Parade, as well as Clarendon Road. The nearest railway station is at Fratton - 1.5 miles to the north.
* Open all year round except Christmas Day.