Mumbles Pier is situated in Mumbles 5 miles from the
centre of Swansea in South Wales. It is a fine old pier built by the
Victorians in 1898 and fortunately considerably restored in recent
years. The pier extends 225 metres into the Bristol Channel and was once
a docking point for the White Funnel Steamers that delivered thousands
of tourists to the resort of Mumbles. Although the steamers have long
gone its a great place for a bracing walk. Enjoy fantastic views of the
Mumbles Lighthouse as the powerful currents of the Bristol Channel rush
below your feet and on through the gaps between the Mumbles Islands. As
with all British piers
Mumbles Pier is ever popular with anglers, and on the day I visited a
lone angler told me he had caught Sea Bass between 6lb and 8lb from the
end of the pier. The land based part of the Pier complex is an
interesting mixture of old Victorian buildings and newer
buildings that house a conservatory style restaurant, cafe, bar and
amusement arcades. It is only 50p to enter the Pier (2007), which is
cheap at half the price, especially if you are lucky enough to be there
when they launch the Mumbles lifeboat that is attached to the Pier.
Following its closure in July 2011 for restoration work, Mumbles Pier reopened in April 2014. The pier reopened to the public following a huge refurbishment program.
A new RNLI boathouse and slipway has been built on the end of the pier as well as new fishing platforms along each side of the pier head.
Members of the public will be able to visit the new £9.5 million lifeboat station and its state-of-the-art boat, the Roy Barker IV, for the first time.
The Pier owners say the number of people allowed on to the Victorian structure will be controlled, with a maximum of 200 people allowed to tread the boards at any one time.
The cost of restoring and refurbishing the pier is estimated at around £3.5 million, and the project is only viable if controversial plans for a hotel, flats, shops, cafes, and foreshore boardwalk go ahead.
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