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Visit Southend | There's so much more besides the seaside...

WHY NOT VISIT SOUTHEND THIS SUMMER?

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! 

COMING TO SOUTHEND?

With the summer holidays in full swing, make sure you arrive relaxed and plan your journey to make the most out of your visit to Southend!

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. 

Have you visited Shoebury Beach? Thorpe Bay? Chalkwell? Westcliff? Leigh? There are 7 miles of beaches to choose from, check out our Beaches or Things to See & Do page to see what we have to offer.

WHAT DO YOU FANCY?

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Bandstand Concerts
Throughout the Summer

Come along to the Southend Bandstand in Priory Park this summer for a range of fantastic open air concerts featuring local and national bands.

What's on When?

Southend Carnival
Thursday 13th-Saturday 22nd August

Southend Carnival is back this year and with a whole host of great events around the town over the summer. 

What's on When?

Southend Pier Sunday Showcase
Throughout the Summer

Come on down to the Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier for a series of fantastic live music gigs, featuring some great local talent!

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Southend Annual Barge Match
Sunday 30th August

 
Now in it's 52nd year, the Southend Barge Match is a great event that sees dozens of barges sail by Southend Pier. 
 

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