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Llandudno Pier (Llandudno)

Llandudno Pier is one of a dwindling number of seaside piers, a fascinating and much loved institution.

It is situated at Llandudno, the popular seaside resort on the North Wales coast.

A jetty was built here in 1856, but this was cleared away to make way for the pier itself. This was built in 1876 - 77 and had a length of 1234 feet.

What makes Llandudno Pier unique is the reverse extension at the land end. The additional section was built around the Grand Hotel to link the pier with the promenade. This means that there are now two entrances to the pier, and a 45-degree angle where the two sections meet.

By the late 19th century, the pier was being much used for steamers to the Isle of Man, and a surprising number of political heavyweights spoke here. They included Attlee, Baldwin, Churchill and Lloyd George.

Llandudno Pier has appeared in a TV play disguised as Central Pier at Blackpool, has appeared in a Kit Kat commercial covered in chocolate, and also appeared in a 2002 producion of "The Forsyte Saga".

Today it is 1195 feet long, and with its cafe and amusements is the longest pier in Wales and the fifth longest in Britain.

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