Pier Head Shopping
The design of the Pier Head shopping emporium reflects the image and style of the nineteenth century Alum Bay pier, which brought many visitors to Alum Bay by paddle steamer in Victorian times.
Queen Victoria had a massive influence on the Isle of Wight during her time here and she really helped to put the island ‘on the map’ as a holiday destination. Charles Dickens also wrote much of David Copperfield whilst staying on the island and various other well-known Victorians holidayed here, perhaps due to the island now being seen as a rather fashionable place to visit.
Naturally, as the Isle of Wight began to attract more Victorian holidaymakers, the desire for more traditional gifts and extravagant mementos also increased. So, now you can shop like a Victorian and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of bygone times as you browse the vast array of quality gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia on offer. It’s an experience in itself.
Make sure you also check out our own hand-made sweets and glassware shop as we have souvenir ideas for every taste and to suit every budget. Happy shopping and watch out for special offers and discounts throughout the store.