Welcome to the world's longest pier – a staggering 1.341 miles long, to be precise – built in 1830 and a magnet for boat crashes, storms and fires, the last of which ravaged its tip in 2005. Today, a peaceful if windy stroll to the restored Pier Head reveals a cafe, sun deck, gift shop, exhibition space and active lifeboat station. Hopping on the Pier Railway (single adult/child £4/2.20) saves the long slog back.