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Southend-on-SeaUnited Kingdom

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
The price is RM324 per night

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

3.9/5Good! (986 reviews)

"Loved the location of the property! And the room we were given was a lovely size with a good view! Social distancing and hand gel was also obvious throughout!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Seven Hotel
Seven Hotel
4 out of 5
5-7 Clifton Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is RM610 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (297 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, great views (despite rubbish weather). We did not get to try the food as we were only there one night and were too full to get breakfast but everything looked great. Service was quick and friendly! Parking was a massive plus as we saw people getting tickets for the road parking the ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Seven Hotel
The Beaches Guest house - Adults Only
The Beaches Guest house - Adults Only
3 out of 5
192 Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, England

Nestled on the beach, this Southend-on-Sea guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Southend Beach and Adventure Island. Thorpe Bay Beach and Southend Sea Life Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (125 reviews)

"Great location. Clean bright room. Hosts were friendly and attentive. Continental breakfast was plentiful."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

The Beaches Guest house - Adults Only

Popular places to visit in Southend-on-Sea

Adventure Island
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Adventure Island

4/5(37 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.

Southend Pier
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Southend Pier

4/5(93 reviews)

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

Colchester Zoo
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Colchester Zoo

4.5/5(34 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 things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Private Day Tour to Dickens' Rochester and Rochester Castle
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Private Day Tour to Dickens' Rochester and Rochester Castle

RM1,982
Per adult
Mount Ephraim Gardens
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Mount Ephraim Gardens

RM39
Per adult
Charles Dickens Full-Day Private Tour in Rochester
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Charles Dickens Full-Day Private Tour in Rochester

RM2,485
Per adult

Reviews of Southend-on-Sea

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 33.9080459770115%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.37931034482759%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 22.413793103448278%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5747126436781609%
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1 - Terrible 1.7241379310344827%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

Born and bred so a wee bit biased!! Heehee! Thanks for a great stay at your gaff. First class indeed

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Due to the poor hotel it did not leave a great impression of the area

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

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