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Pier Head


The design of the Pier Head shopping emporium nods to the style of the 19th Century Alum Bay pier, which brought many visitors to the bay by paddle steamer in Victorian times.

Queen Victoria had a massive influence on the Isle of Wight, helping to put the island on the map as a holiday destination.

The island became a fashionable place to visit, with many well-known people of the era making it their holiday destination of choice, including Charles Dickens who wrote much of David Copperfield during his stay.

Naturally, as the Isle of Wight began to attract more Victorian holidaymakers, and the desire for more traditional gifts and extravagant mementos 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.

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.