Burnham Pier named one of the UK’s top ‘tiny attractions’

Burnham-on-Sea Pier
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Burnham-on-Sea Pier has been named as one of the UK’s best ‘tiny attractions’ thanks to its amusement arcade.

The country’s shortest pier topped The Guardian’s top 10 list of attractions selected from a forthcoming compendium book titled ‘Tiny Britain’.

The national newspaper wrote: “Nothing says British seaside like a pier, and as an example of British understatement, Burnham-on-Sea’s, at just 37 metres long, has no equal.

“The minuscule structure looks even smaller against the vast expanse of sand and mudflats on which it sits. This coast experiences the second- highest tidal range in the world (after the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia) and at low tide the sea is a mile and a half away.

“Britain’s shortest pier has a selection of little out- lets selling refreshments, and a larger cafe than might be expected in such a small space (it seats just more than 100).

“But the pier’s true glory is its amusement arcade and bingo hall. The pavilion that houses them takes up about three-quarters of the pier, leaving just a little room on one side for those who prefer to promenade outside.

“In short, it has all the essentials of a pier with the bonus that it looks like a model of a proper one, which somehow adds an extra layer to the entertainment on offer.”

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