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“A Pier with Lots of History” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ryde Pier

Ryde Pier
Chatham, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“A Pier with Lots of History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

We took a walk along Ryde Pier and back again and was rewarded at the far end with a view of the Queen Mary II passing by outward bound from Southampton. The pier acts as the boarding point for the Ryde to Portsmouth passenger Ferry (the original purpose of most piers was to moor pleasure steamers), and there are no amusements as with other piers around the country. However for those with an interest in transport it has loads of plus points with electric trains running the length and connecting with catamaran type ferries. Cars are also allowed to traverse the pier and park at the far end of the pier after paying the pier toll.
For those in the know, the pier actually comprises three separate piers namely the car / pedestrian pier, the railway pier and also the the remains of the tram pier which used to run between the Esplanade and Pier Head stations.
The walk out to the pier head is about half a mile and offers good views of the shipping in the Solent. The Pier head station has a quite sleepy atmosphere between trains with the sounds of the waves below and the gulls above. There is a Coffee shop here for those who would like refreshment, other that that it is a stroll back towards the Esplanade or catch the next train heading in that direction.

Visited August 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“A Pier”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

A Pier with a bit of a twist, a train station on it. We walked along the Pier in the evening when it was quet and not many people on it. great views and fantastic sunset.

Visited July 2013
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“Only to get some photos!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

There isn't really anything at the end of the pier to justify the walk, apart from the opportunity to take some photos.

Visited July 2013
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Bedfordshire
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“Not a Pier..more a station.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

There is nothing on the pier, you just walk all the way down it to get on the boat for mainland. Not a pier as I know it and not an activity just a quick way to mainland from ryde.

Visited July 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
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“Not worth the walk along it at all!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

A very disappointing pier with nothing of note at the far end except a train ride back! Don't bother with this.

Visited June 2013
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