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Southend Pier

Southend Pier


Southend Visitor Information Centre

01702 618747


Western Esplanade,


With truly stunning 360  views all year long it is the perfect place to go for a taste of the freedom of the sea and invigorating fresh air. 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 even try your hand at sea fishing (fishing pass available from the Visitor Information Centre).

Additionally, elegant pleasure boats, as well as impressive visiting Tall Ships, offer trips and a taste of the nautical life at key times of the year, whilst the Pier’s own busy events calendar means there is often something new to see!

Pier trains leave the shore end of the Pier on the hour and half hour from opening until 1 hour before closing. The trains leave the Pier Head at a quarter to and a quarter past the hour until 15mins before closing. This is a half hourly service.

At peak times a 2 train service is operated. Trains leave both ends at a quarter past, half past, a quarter to, and on the hour.

Special trips on the Pier train take place throughout the year such as Ghost Trains and Santa on the Pier. For the latest information on this visitor offer please browse our 'What's On' event page.

Whilst at the Pier take the opportunity to visit the Southend Pier Museum which offers a fascinating insight into the history of this famous landmark.

Leisure facilities onsiteMobile phone coverageChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open every day except Christmas Day. Seasonal Opening Hours.


Group Discounts:
10% on groups of 15-24 people.

Groups of 25 people and over will recieve a 20% discount.

Please visit Southend Visitor Information Centre and tell us how large your group is - we will then apply the discount!

Standard Pier Prices:
Train (return): Adult £3.60, Child / OAP / Concessions £1.80, Family £9.30

Walk & Ride (walk one way and ride the other way):
Adult £3.10, Child / OAP / Concessions £1.80, Family £8.00

Summer walk (1st April-30th September)
Adult £2.00, Child /OAP /Concessions £1.00

Winter Walk (1st October - 31st March)
Adult / Child / OAP / Concessions £1.00

Fishing (including train):
Adult £5.30, Child / OAP / Concessions £3.50

Children under 3 years are free.

Pier Admission prices vary for Visiting Ships, please contact the Visitor Information Centre for more details.

Ticket Categories
Family 2 adults + 3 children
OAP 60+ years
Adult 14-59 years
Child 3-13 years
0-2 years free

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 28 May - Tue 28 Jun M V Balmoral
Thu 9 - Sun 12 Jun The Tall Ship Mercedes
Sat 6 - Sun 7 Aug Southend Pier Puppet Festival
Sun 28 Aug Southend Barge Match
Fri 23 Sep - Sun 9 Oct Paddle Steamer Waverley


Plan route to Southend Pier using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 885850  Lat: 51.53268 Long: 0.71700

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Southend Central station


  • Leisure facilities onsiteLeisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed