A Boardwalk And Beach To Consider: Blackpool, UK
Its three piers, North, Central and South, were built between 1863 and 1893 Constructed of cast iron and wood, they feature promenades, bars, carousels, ice cream parlors, tea rooms, restaurants, theatres, arcades and amusements. The Central Pier sports an amusement park, complete with a roller coaster and huge Ferris wheel. The longest, North Pier, stretches some 1,650 feet out over the ocean.
A set of broad stone levels, ramps, plateaus and a seawall rise up to place the town above the tides of the “pleasure beach,” as the English call it.
Blackpool, in its heyday a booming British holiday destination and still a popular tourist attraction, has weathered many storms. Yet more than a century later her piers and beach, and the town that sits above them, still welcomes visitors.