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VisitEngland Access Statements

Many tourism venues provide information on the accessibility of their facilities and services in the form of a written Access Statement, to help you ‘know before you go’. All VisitEngland star rated accommodation and quality assured attractions are required to have an Access Statement.

Typical information may include, for example, the frequency of buses, useful telephone numbers, the number of steps to the front door and the availability of subtitles on televisions.

So, when you are next researching which accommodation to stay at and attractions to visit, ask to see their Access Statements.

Blue Badge Parking

There are ample Blue Badge parking bays in all town centre car parks – for more information visit Southend Borough Council’s website.

For other downloadable maps of Southend and event and attraction information, please visit our get in touch page.

Southend Environment

You may also find the following information, on the environment and geography of Southend, useful when planning your trip:

  • For people who have not visited Southend before, it may be helpful to know that access to Southend seafront from the High Street is via Pier Hill. There are lifts to and from the seafront, which are located at the bottom of the High Street. For lift opening times please call the Visitor Information Centre on 01702 212534.
  • For a more historic way of accessing the seafront, try the Cliff Lift, which is situated a short distance from the bottom of the High Street.
  • The rest of Southend’s High Street and seafront is flat and easily accessible.

If you’d like further information, which may help inform your visit – such as upcoming events or busy periods – please contact the Southend Visitor Information Centre on 01702 212534 or email

Accessible Public Toilets

For details of accessible public toilets in Southend, including Changing Places toilets and the Radar National Key Scheme visit the Southend Borough Council website.

Wheelchair Hire

Wheelchairs are available to hire from Southend Visitor Information Centre. Bookings must be made in advance. Contact or call 01702 212534 for further information.

Beach Access

There are 3 main accessible beaches in Southend. There is an access ramp at each location straight onto the beach.

Chalkwell Beach – Chalkwell Esplanade, Southend-on-sea, SS0 8JJ

Jubilee Beach – Marine Parade, Southend on sea, SS1 2EN

Shoebury Common – Shoebury Common Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 9HG

For further information and helping planning your visit contact the Visitor Information Centre on 01702 212534.

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