Southend Visitor Information Centre
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. Sir John Betjeman once said, "The Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier" and it's as true today as it was when it first welcomed visitors all those years ago.
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 inhouse café. The Pavilion also plays host to a number of fantastic events throughout the year, including Jazz and Comedy Festivals, plays, concerts, exhibitions and much more.
Throughout the year Southend on Sea 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
The summer season runs from 19th May till the 7th September, 8:15 - 20:00 daily.
The autumn season runs from 8th September -2nd November, 8.15 - 18:00 Mon to Fri and 8:15 - 20:00 sat and sun.
The winter season runs from 3rd November till the 6th April, 9:15 - 17:00, weds-sun but after the 30th march we are open daily.
The trains leave the shore end of the pier on every hour and half hour from opening till one hour before closing.
The train returns to the shore end every quarter to and quarter past the hour until 15minutes before closing.
Return train prices are £4.30 an adult, £2.20 concession/child and £11.00 for a family.
Walk & ride prices are £3.80 an adult, £2.00 concession/child and £10.00 for a family.
Walking only prices are £2.00 an adult, £1.00 concession/child.
Fishing tickets (includes train) are £6.00 an adult and £4.00 concession/child.
During your visit to Southend Pier we kindly ask our customers to respect the following health and safety regulations:
To respect the comfort and safety of all our visitors, dogs are not permitted anywhere on the Pier, except for assistance dogs.
Please take care when walking along the Pier as the deck boards may be slippery.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Pier – this includes the use of e-cigarettes.
Bicycles, roller skates, skate boards and scooters are not permitted on the Pier. This does not apply to mobility scooters.
Footwear must be worn at all times when visiting the Pier to protect from splinters.
If you have any queries relating to any of the above, or regarding your visit to the Pier, please call a member of the Team on 01702 215620.
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed