Southend offers all the traditional seaside pleasures along our seven miles of seafront, but you'll soon discover there's far more besides the seaside here.

We offer a range of great attractions for the whole family to enjoy, like the longest Pleasure Pier in the world, Adventure Island fun park, Sea-Life Adventure Aquarium and many more. History buffs can step back in time at some fascinating places like Southchurch Hall or Prittlewell Priory and take a ride on the shortest cliff lift in the UK. Our Town Centre offers a unique shopping experience and with over three hundred mouth-watering places to eat and a dazzling live music and nightlife scene, you really are spoilt for choice.

All of this is just an hour's train ride from London, and although we’re easy to reach by rail, road or air, with the development of the London Southend Airport, it gets harder and harder to leave! 


There's lots going on in Southend this autumn, so make sure you arrive relaxed and plan your journey to make the most out of your visit!

C2C and Abellio Greater Anglia run regular train services into Southend and with nine stations around the Borough it's the easiest way for you to get here and get around. 

Car parking spaces along the seafront can fill up very quickly, but there are plenty of spaces to choose from in the town centre and it's no more than 10 minutes walk to Southend seafront and its attractions. Check out the How to Find Us page for a map of car parks available in the town. 

Regular buses run all around the town, and Day Saver tickets are just £3.90 for adults and £2.60 for under 16s. Arriva’s number 9 bus passes the seafront, Prittlewell Priory and park, Thorpe Bay and the Airport. Click here to visit their website. 



FREE Seafront Fireworks
Every Saturday Night 3rd Oct-14th Nov

Come along to the Southend seafront every Saturday night for an autumn schedule of fantastic free fireworks.

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Southend Pier Ghost Train
Every Saturday from 24th Oct-7th Nov

Come along for some spooky fancy dress, some ghostly tales and celebrate Halloween in spook-tacular style on the Southend Pier Ghost Train! 

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Purple Festival
Saturday 3rd October

The Purple Festival returns to Southend seafront with an afternoon and evening of live music, street entertainment and fireworks!

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Take a Trip on the Waverley
Sunday 30th August

The  Waverley is making a load of trips from Southend Pier, so why not hop on board and see some of the fanatstic Essex and Kent coastline.