THE LONGEST PLEASURE PIER IN THE WORLD
If you walk along Southend-on-Sea’s High Street, towards the sea, your eye will be drawn in a straight line towards the longest pleasure Pier in the world.
Standing for over a century it extends 2.158 kilometres (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, and is a well loved and recognised symbol of Southend and the pleasures of the English seaside.
With truly stunning 360 degree views all year round, Southend Pier is the perfect place to go for a taste of the invigorating fresh air, and experience the freedom of the sea or to simply spend the day fishing at Southend pier. At the Pier Head you can visit the active RNLI station and gift shop, relax and take in the fantastic views from the superb sun-deck or stop by The Royal Pavilion, which dominates much of the Pier Head and provides the perfect place for an afternoon tea in the in-house café.
Throughout the year Southend Pier plays host to a number of fantastic events, from live music and puppetry, to spooktacular Halloween fun and even a visit from Santa, as well as visiting Tall Ships, which offer unique trips and a taste of the nautical life.
Pier Opening Times
Summer Season (19th May-7th Sept)
08.15 - 20:00 Daily
Autumn Season (8th Sept-2nd Nov)
08:15 - 18:00 Mon-Fri
08:15 - 20:00 Sat & Sun
Winter Season (3rd Nov-6th April)
09:15 - 17:00 Weds- Sun
(Open daily from 30th March)
NB - Regardless of the season the Pier will be open on all school and public holidays, except Christmas Day.
Return Train Journey:
Adult - £4.30
Child/OAP/Concession - £2.20
Family (2 adults and 3 Children) - £11.00
Walk & Ride:
(Walk one way and ride the train the other)
Adult - £3.80
Child/OAP/Concession - £2.00
Family (2 adults and 3 Children) - £10.00
Walk Both Ways:
Child/OAP/Concession - £1.00
THE ROYAL PAVILION
Southend Pier is now home to The Royal Pavilion, which officially opened on 19th July 2012.
The 350sq m building, which was designed by White Arkitekter working in partnership with London-based architects Sprunt, was constructed off-site at Tilbury Docks in Essex. It was then lowered onto a barge at the docks on Wednesday 16th May 2012 and transported along the Thames to the Pier.
The Pavilion was officially named in a unique ceremony conducted by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, on Tuesday 16th July 2013.
It is the first structure to be added to the pier head since 2000 when a new RNLI lifeboat station was constructed. Now completed, the Pavilion is capable of seating 185 people in it's main hall and also houses a 40 sq m artists’ studio and Café, a unique eatery which is open every day, and offers fantastic, unrivalled views over the Thames Estuary from its covered terrace.
There are a variety of events, concerts and exhibitions to enjoy over the coming months including music, theatre, art and photography, and to find out more about what’s going on and when, follow the links on the right.
Are you looking for a unique venue for your next event, conference or wedding? Well how about a venue on the tip of the World's Longest Pleasure Pier? Is that unique enough? The Pavilion offers flexible and versatile space suitable for events of any size. If you'd like to find out more about booking, call
or alternatively, email
RNLI LIFEBOAT STATION
Southend on Sea has one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the country, averaging over 100 'shouts' per year. In fact Southend, you could argue, has two of the busiest stations in the country!
One of them comprising of the Hovercraft and D-class at the inshore station and the other station being offshore at the end of the pier, housing the Atlantic 75 and the offshore D-class.
The RNLI first established a station at Southend in 1879 to assist ships going ashore on the many sandbanks of the Thames Estuary. The lifeboat was launched from davits on the Pierhead, 1.25 miles from the shore, much as it is today. Between 1885 and 1891 a second station existed, the lifeboat being housed in Hartington Road and launched by horse-drawn carriage. The lifeboats at this time were of the pulling (rowing) and sailing type, but in 1928 the first motor lifeboat arrived, the "Greater London", and this was at first moored off the Pier Head.
Since 1879 the Lifeboat crews of Southend have saved over 2000 lives. Working alongside our flank stations, Sheerness and Gravesend, the crew at Southend provide coverage for the ever increasing amount of river usage in the Thames estuary.
SOUTHEND PIER MUSEUM
The Museum is located in the Old Pier Workshops underneath the train station at the shore end.
To locate the Museum entrance, visitors should go into the Pier Reception and then walk to the right of the railway entrance where it is clearly signposted. The Museum will bring back fond memories for some and will be a brand new experience for younger generations. They have an original c.1890 toastrack tram, three original c.1949 train carriages, a working signal box, pictorial displays, some original "just for fun" working penny slot machines, and much more...
FISHING ON SOUTHEND PIER
Fishing passes are required and are available to anyone, offering the opportunity for fishermen to pursue their sport at any time of day or night - with the appropriate card on Southend Pier.
A Night or Combined Day & Night pass can only be applied for by a current member of a recognised fishing club, having been a member for at least 6 months.