Welcome to the Wellington Pier

The ultimate seaside entertainment in the heart of Great Yarmouth.

Welcome to the iconic Wellington Pier, the jewel of Great Yarmouth’s seaside attractions. Nestled on the golden shores of this charming coastal town, Wellington Pier invites you to embark on a remarkable journey filled with excitement, entertainment, and breathtaking views.

As you step onto our historic pier, you’ll be captivated by the nostalgic charm that exudes from every corner. Wellington Pier has been an integral part of the Great Yarmouth landscape, enchanting generations of visitors with its timeless allure.

As you explore our vibrant venue, you’ll discover an array of attractions that cater to every age and interest. From thrilling amusements that delight to classic arcade games that evoke a sense of nostalgia, Wellington Pier guarantees an experience that will leave you with cherished memories.

Indulge your taste buds at our ice cream parlour brimming with delectable treats or treat yourself and others with a memento from our delightful gift shop.

The Café Express offers an excellent range of teas, coffees and cold drinks alongside a tempting selection of fresh sandwiches, baguettes, toasties, jacket potatoes and pastries. You’ll also find a fully licensed bar offering a selection of premium bottled beers and lagers together with a great selection of wines and spirits.

We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive and accessible environment, ensuring that all guests can fully enjoy their time on Wellington Pier. Our commitment to safety and comfort is paramount, and our friendly staff are always on hand to assist and ensure your experience is nothing short of exceptional.

Welcome to Wellington Pier, where cherished memories and unforgettable moments await. Start your journey with us today, and let the magic of the seaside unfold before your eyes.

Things to do on Wellington Pier


In the most modern arcade in Great Yarmouth the main arena of the complex is dominated by the bright lights and enticing action from state of the art video games, simulator rides, a huge range of coin operated machines and pushers,cranes and plenty more.


Six lanes of fun for all ages. With electronic scoring and child friendly bowling balls all members of the family can join in the fun. The Bowlingo lanes are coin operated, and no pre-booking or special shoes are required.


Find all the latest high rolling casino slots including £500 jackpot machines. Complimentary tea and coffee always available. Over 18’s only.


Food, Refreshments and shops

Ice Cream

Enjoy a wonderful selection of classic seaside refreshments including ice creams, thick shakes, hot fresh donuts, teas and coffees.


Enjoy a classic gift shop experience with a fabulous selection of fun holiday presents for family and friends.

and Bar

Our Café Bar is fully licensed and offers a wide variety of food and drinks. with beautiful sea views and outdoor seating area or on colder days our Ocean View Lounge

The history of Wellington Pier

The pier was opened on 31 October 1853 and the 700-foot (210 m) wooden structure cost £6,776 to build. The pier was designed by P. Ashcroft. In its first year of opening the pier was a huge success and made an impressive profit for the time of £581. Five years later a second pier was built close to the Wellington which had a very large financial effect on the profitability of the pier. By 1899 Great Yarmouth Corporation bailed out the failing business for the sum of £1,250 and had plans to improve the entertainment and amusement of the pier. On 13 July 1903 a new Pavilion was opened and a failed Winter gardens was bought from Torquay and was incorporated into the design of the pier.

In the early 1970s, the pier was substantially strengthened with major steelwork renovations. It was leased from the local council by entertainer Jim Davidson in 1996. He invested his own money which was spent on the inside, but the outside was left as neither the lottery nor local projects would fund it. The theatre stood empty until it was partially demolished in early 2005. By late 2005 the front part of the pier has been totally re-developed as an amusement arcade. Between 2005 and 2010 shows were held at the theatre starring Jim Davidson and Bradley Walsh and featured support vocalists such as Tracy Dean.

By September 2008 the old theatre at the end of the pier had been converted to become a large bowling alley and bars. The original steel and ironwork has been restored and returned to the new building. The 100-year-old original girders are now visible, having been originally hidden in the theatre roof space. The newer building is so similar to the (demolished) old theatre that many visitors do not realise it is a new building. The ten-lane full-size bowling alley takes up most of the space in what was the old auditorium and stage space. An 80-foot-long stained-glass picture was found during the removal of the original Wellington pier theatre structure; it has been restored and will be the centrepiece of the entrance to the new complex. It depicts ships sailing into the port of Great Yarmouth.