Visit Southend-on-Sea to enjoy a seaside resort village that is known for its tranquility and relaxed pace. Built on the mouth of the Thames Estuary, this is a great place to explore the famous river, stroll through a traditional English village or enjoy authentic fish and chips.

Get your bearings in this small town by taking a quick tour, either on foot or by bicycle. Leave Southend’s main street and head to the Southend Pier to breathe in the fresh sea air. Stop at Adventure Island on your way and ride one of the rollercoasters or try your luck on the arcade-style amusements.

Swim, sail or kayak in the calm waters off Southend’s beaches. The 7 miles (11 kilometers) of waterfront are the major attraction of the town, particularly during the peak of summer. Escape the crowds by heading to Chalkwell Beach to relax in peace and quiet.

Discover Britain’s fascinating military history at Tilbury Fort. This fort is one of the best preserved historic sites in the United kingdom.

In winter the weather turns wet and windy, providing dramatic views across the estuary and making the town’s many warm pubs even more enticing. Drop by the Southend High Street to find bars and clubs. Despite the town’s sleepy reputation, there are some great spots for dancing well into the night, especially on weekends. Stop by a waterfront restaurant or take-out store for locally caught fish with hand-cut hot chips for an authentic British seaside meal.

As the weather heats up Southend-on-Sea’s population swells with visitors and the resort becomes a playground for vacationers. Walk the length of one of the world’s longest piers, sail the calm waters of the estuary or simply enjoy a cup of tea in the cozy village center.

Southend-on-Sea is located approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of London’s center and can be reached by car in one hour. Trains depart frequently from London to Southend, while flights from many European cities arrive at the London Southend airport daily.

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Top hotels in Southend-on-Sea

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
3 out of 5
RM260
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
3.9/5Very Good! (945 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Southend Pier and Adventure Island. New Empire Theatre and Southend Sea Life Centre are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (945 reviews)

"Excellent location and good sized rooms. There was a problem with the booking, and having booked two rooms they had only allocated one, but they resolved this issue without too much trouble."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep,2019

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
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Holiday Inn Southend
4 out of 5
RM259
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (586 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Southend-on-Sea City Hall, Southend Pier and Adventure Island. Palace Theatre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (586 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel right next to the Airport. Enjoyed a reasonably price dinner and a few drinks while overlooking the airport on the top floor. Very very nice, what a wonderful way to unwind a long day travelling!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep,2019

Holiday Inn Southend
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Seven Hotel
4 out of 5
5-7 Clifton Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
RM414
per night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (209 reviews)

Situated in Southend-on-Sea, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Empire Theatre, Southend Pier, and Adventure Island. Westcliff Gardens and Cliffs ...

4.4/5Excellent! (209 reviews)

"The sleek look of the hotel was incredible and it felt very posh. The restaurant connected to the hotel also looked amazing. The hotel is very close to the sea front and the high street. Adventure Island can be seen from the hotel but you can’t hear anything from there which was brilliant. Although ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug,2019

Seven Hotel

Popular things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Southend Pier
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Southend Pier

4/5 (70 Ratings)

Among the longest in the world, this iron pier protrudes far into the Thames Estuary and is a favorite among local fishermen. 

Adventure Island
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Adventure Island

4.5/5 (28 Ratings)

Home to some of Britain’s most exciting amusement rides, including the infamous Rage rollercoaster, this theme park has attractions for all ages and budgets.

Colchester Zoo
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Colchester Zoo

4.5/5 (24 Ratings)

Feed elephants and giraffes, watch a falconry display and meet the fearsome Komodo dragons at one of the U.K.’s best zoos.

Reviews of Southend-on-Sea

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

10 Sep 2019

It is a very busy area, so you have to plan your journeys and always have plenty of change for the expensive parking charges. There are a lot of streets which have Residential Parking Permits, so you have to use the designated Car Parks.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

25 Aug 2019

Not my usual choice at all, lots of amusement arcades but it was fun for the short time we were there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

25 Aug 2019

have been many times love the seafront, the Cliffs Pavilion and the Pier. mainly go to visit family and friends.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

24 Aug 2019

Really good Funfair

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Aug 2019

Very lively place. Plenty to do. hotel is in a convenient location next to sea front lovely views shopping centre

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Aug 2019

Lovely place. Shame about the hotel- not to radisson standards at all.