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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

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
3 out of 5
The price is RM327 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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! (995 reviews)

"Lovely staff especially Callum in the bar and the lovely man in check-in. I didn’t get him name unfortunately (I think it might have been James)"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 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 RM996 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb

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! (327 reviews)

"The Seven , really should be renamed 10 .... My stay was that good , service was great , top draw consistently from the check in to the check out ...... beautiful breakfast to . If you are looking for a good stay in Southend .... stay here its fab"…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

Seven Hotel
Holiday Inn Southend
Holiday Inn Southend
4 out of 5
The price is RM313 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Palace Theatre and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Adventure Island. Southend-on-Sea City Hall and Cliffs ...

4.3/5Excellent! (727 reviews)
Great place to stay!

"Loved the hotel, loved the staff. They were very clean and on board with the COVID restrictions. Only downside to the hotel is that the parking is a bit confusing to find the enter an email and also (maybe a Hotels.com thing) there wasn’t anything about the parking charges advertised, until you actually ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

Holiday Inn Southend
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Southend-on-Sea

Seaside House
Seaside House
3 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Southend-on-Sea City Hall and Adventure Island. Southend Pier and Cliffs Pavilion are also ...

Seaside House
Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Suede Shoes
3.5 out of 5
Flat 1-8 St Johns Rd, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is RM422 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Situated in Southend-on-Sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cliffs Pavilion and Adventure Island. Beecroft Art Gallery and Westcliff Gardens ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)

"Excellent apartment very clean, small but well equipped kitchen, kept well informed of how to use the keyless access, good to have a parking space, various shops within a 5min walk. Will stay again. Only complaint, 2 wineglasses please!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019

Blue Suede Shoes
Compass Point
Compass Point
4 out of 5

Situated in Southend-on-Sea, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Southend-on-Sea City Hall and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Adventure Island. Palace Theatre ...

Compass Point
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Southend-on-Sea

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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