Now one of Britain’s top seaside resorts Skegness grew from a small fishing village into a Victorian watering-place within a few years of the coming of the railway.
The Earl of Scarborough, the leading land-owner of the area, had helped bring the railway to Skegness in 1872. Four years later he helped form the Skegness Pier Company, with the intention of providing the town with a spacious promenade pier.
The design of Messrs. Clarke and Pickwell of Hull was eventually chosen, and Head Wrightson of Stockton were given the contract to build the Pier. Work began in 1880, and on Whit-Saturday 4th June 1881, the pier was officially opened amid great ceremony by the then Duke of Edinburgh.
The pier had cost £ 20,840 to build: it was 1817 ft long with a deck width of 25ft. There were projecting bays along the pier at 120 ft intervals, four of them contained glass and wooden shelters, and there was continuous seating along the whole length. The pier entrance consisted of a large Gothic type archway flanked by smaller kiosks in matching style. An impressive flight of eight steps led up from the promenade to the pier entrance.
A £5m development plan to rebuild 100 metres of the pier incorporating a new pierhead was completed some years ago and holiday-makers and residents alike can still stroll down the pier and enjoy the wonderful views along the miles of beach. During the summer months, the deck also plays host to a variety of traditional seaside attractions such as Hook-A-Duck and children's Carousel, the Big Slide ,Helter Skelter and Bungee Trampoline plus many others.
Skegness Pier now boasts four Escape rooms which opened in July 2017 and have been extremely popular with both locals and tourists. This is a team game for 2-6 people whereby you are locked in a room and the goal of the game is to escape within 60 minutes. This is achieved by completing a series of challenges which allow you to unlock the next one and eventually complete the room and escape.
In 2018 "The Pier Beach Bar" opened underneath "Deck 3" of the Pier. With south facing outdoor seating and an outdoor stage for entertainment, it's first year of opening was a huge success. It has now been further extended to cater for indoor entertainment and is the perfect venue for private parties.
In March 2019 Skegness Pier installed the Hologate Virtual Reality System within the Skegness Pier Arcade. This is the fastest growing Virtual Reality system in history and Hologate is the worldwide market leader.
Skegness Pier keeps evolving over the years to keep in the forefront of attractions on the East Coast and is now one of the most multi-faceted family entertainment centres in Europe with over 70,000k check ins on facebook alone.