Eastbourne Pier was opened in 1870 and has been an iconic structure for many years. Just a few weeks after my visit, it was devastated by a huge fire which started in the amusement arcade and the shore end of the pier. Thankfully 2/3rds of the pier survived and the rest is now being rebuilt. Read more on the history of Eastbourne Pier on the NPS website. Read more about my visit to the pier on 3rd July.