Swim in the mouth of the River Thames, fish from one of the world’s longest piers or eat fresh fish and chips on the beach at this seaside resort town.

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.

Top hotels in Southend-on-Sea

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
3 out of 5
RM256
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

Situated by the sea, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Southend Pier and Adventure Island. Three Shells Beach and Southend beach are also within 10 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (983 reviews)

"Nice welcome and a nice upgrade surprise - Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov,2019

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Seven Hotel
Seven Hotel
4 out of 5
5-7 Clifton Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
RM361
per night
5 Dec-6 Dec

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

4.4/5Excellent! (229 reviews)

"Our room was lovely the view stunning.staff very friendly and 1 member of staff very very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct,2019

Seven Hotel
Holiday Inn Southend
Holiday Inn Southend
4 out of 5
RM263
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

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! (613 reviews)

"Anthony staff members was great, really helpful when we returned late after are flight. Thank you. Hotel in a great location easy walk to the airport."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct,2019

Holiday Inn Southend

Popular things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Southend Pier
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Southend Pier

4/5(86 reviews)

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(32 reviews)

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(28 reviews)

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

Top activities in Southend-on-Sea

Fishing in London for two people
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Fishing in London for two people

RM845

Escape the hectic life of the city and head down to Tylers Common fishery in the pretty London Suburb of Havering for this 3-hour fishing experience with a qualified guide for up to two people.

Reviews of Southend-on-Sea

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Kings

4 Nov 2019

Southend is great. Everyone should check it out

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

Just want there as friends were getting married

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Oct 2019

lovely place, lovely hotel, lovely people, cant wait to return

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Sep 2019

Beautiful town, beautiful people

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 Sep 2019

Recommend visiting Old Leigh, nice pubs next to the sea . 10 mins by train

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

25 Sep 2019

Next time try the Severn Boutique hotel. An oasis!