Clarence Pier Southsea is one of the largest amusement parks on the south coast and boasts all manner of amusements, rides and activities for all the family. The Arcades and Pirates & Princesses indoor adventure Playground are open all year. We also have plenty of food and drink outlets including our 100 seat Wimpy Express fast food restaurant. We look forward to entertaining you!
The main entrance to the pier from the road is via a striking pavilion building with distinctive yellow and blue cladding and a small tower. This originally housed an amusement arcade and cafe although in more recent years, the upper floor has variously been used for “Pirate Pete’s” indoor children’s playground, a?Wimpy?bar while the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ amusement arcade and Coffee Cup (originally a prize bingo hall) remain on the ground floor.
A smaller building, perpendicular but not physically joined to the main pavilion houses another amusement arcade, the “Clarence Pier” (Originally called “Wheel Of Fortune”) and some small gift shops. The upper floor was originally used as a public house, but it was later converted into ‘Jurassic 3001’, a futuristic dinosaur themed dark ride, which opened in 1995. The ride’s exterior featured an animatronic triceratops, whose head protruded from the side of the building and roared occasionally at passers-by. The attraction closed in 2001, yet all ride signage and theming on the building remained until the end of 2011. The upper floor space previously occupied by this ride underwent a conversion to apartments, according to planning publications, in 2012.