About 24 minutes from park
Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3AAVisit Website
Sitting right on the beach on the south coast of Portsea Island, the Clarence Pier amusement park has been running since 1961, although the pier itself opened exactly 100 years before that. Unrecognisable from those humble beginnings these days, which ride will you go on first? The Clarence Pier funfair offers everything from classic dodgems and waltzers to the Canyon River log flume, Sky Trail high ropes course and the giant Solent ferris wheel. There are thrilling rides like Mad Mouse, Twister and Tidal Wave for older kids and grown-ups, as well as the Circus Train and Hot Air Balloons for little ones. Toddlers will love the Pirates and Princesses indoor adventure playground with its tunnels, nets, bouncy castle and ball pits, while there are lots of fun arcade games to try your hand at too. With plenty of places to grab a bite and drink, including a 100-seat fast food restaurant, the amusement park is also ideal for children’s parties.
The pier is at the western end of Clarence Esplanade, with a car park next to it costing from £1.60 for an hour to £8.50 for eight hours and £12.00 for the entire day. If you’re driving along the A(3)M, Clarence Pier is only around seven miles from junction 5 for Havant. This typically takes around 15 minutes to get to the pier through Portsmouth, depending on traffic. If you’re arriving on the train, you can get off at Portsmouth Harbour station, which is only a mile from the Clarence Pier funfair.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big