Lonely Planet review
This grand, century-old pier is the place to experience Brighton's tackier side. There are plenty of stomach-churning fairground rides and dingy amusement arcades to keep you amused, and candy floss and Brighton rock to chomp on while you're doing so.
Look west and you'll see the sad remains of the West Pier (www.westpier.co.uk), a skeletal iron hulk that attracts flocks of starlings at sunset. It's a sad end for this Victorian marvel, on which the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel once performed.
So far there's no sign of the i360 observation tower ('Hurray!' some may cry), a spectacularly space-age piece of architecture from the creators of the London Eye that may one day loom 150m above the seafront. The venue would include a West Pier Heritage Centre – a pavilion with audiovisual exhibits relating the pier's history.