Southend-on-Sea is a bustling seaside resort town with a thriving cultural scene and stunning coastal views. Journey down the world’s longest pier, visit over 10 kilometres of award-winning beaches or ride on roller coasters and rides at Adventure Island.
Thing to do
Take a staggering two-kilometre walk directly out to sea on the world’s longest pier. Built in 1830, Southend Pier offers stunning views of the Essex coast and Thames all year-round. Ride the pier railway and discover the rich history of Southend Pier at the museum before sitting down for tea at Southend Pier Cafe.
Looking for a day of adrenalin-packed action? Adventure Island is the perfect family destination with over 60 rides. Spend the day riding thrilling roller coasters and playing arcade games or drop into the Sea Life Adventure Aquarium where you can meet meerkats, otters and penguins.
Relax and soak up the sunshine on Southend-on-Sea’s more than 11 kilometres of award-winning beaches. Visit the family-friendly City Beach, close to restaurants and cafes, or escape to the immersive rock pool at Three Shells Beach Lagoon for a quick dip.
Stop by the Southend Central Museum to discover a collection of local and natural history and to visit the planetarium. Explore the humble history of Old Leigh, a charming fishing village with cobblestone streets, art galleries, cockle sheds and famed seafront eateries.
Getting around Southend-on-Sea
London Southend Airport is just three kilometres from Southend-on-Sea, with buses, taxis and rentals cars available. Southend-on-Sea is just one hour away from London by train. Walking, local buses and rental bikes are popular ways to get around town.