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With warmer weather on the cards, it couldn't be a better time to shake off the last of those winter blues and #VisitSouthend.

Whether you’re a resident, a seaside regular or this is your first time, we want to make sure you have an enjoyable visit, so check out our handy tips below to ensure you make the most of your time here.

Before you Visit

Southend gets very busy when the sun shines, please check local travel news before setting out.

Check what’s open |
If you’re planning a trip to Southend, be sure to check with each place you intend to visit so you’re not disappointed. If possible book tickets to attractions such as Sea-Life Adventure and Adventure Island now, it’ll save you money too!

Let the train take the strain | Why sit in traffic and queue at ticket machines (with the inevitable hunt for change) when you can sit back and relax on the train with c2c and Greater Anglia. Train times are just an hour from London on both lines and you can book your tickets online beforehand so there’s no panic on the day!

Pay for Parking by Phone | If you’re still set on driving, be sure to pay for your parking before your visit with the handy Mobon app, available on IOS and Android. For a full list of car parks visit the Southend Council website. Seafront parking often fills up early so if you’re arriving later in the day we suggest parking in the City centre.

Plan ahead | If you’re planning a staycation for a night or two, we advise you to start planning your trip now as demand is expected to be high. There’s plenty of places to stay in and around Southend, with hotels, guest houses and self-catering options that suit every budget.

During your Visit

Stop by the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) | The Visitor Information Centre is located at Southend Pier. Our friendly assistants can offer their expert knowledge on all our attractions, places to eat, events and travel information. Plus, there’s plenty of Southend merchandise on offer, along with souvenirs to remind you of your visit.

Help make Southend Sparkle | Southend boasts seven miles of beaches and dozens of parks and open spaces and all we ask is that you dispose of your litter responsibly or take it home with you. Please help us keep Southend clean and tidy.

Explore more of the coast | In peak times, the central seafront gets extremely busy and parking spaces can be difficult to find. We recommend taking full advantage of our spectacular seven miles of coastline and find another beach spot further along to spend the day. Why not head to Shoebury East Beach where you can watch the kite-surfers whizz across the water, or nestle between the picture-postcard beach huts at Thorpe Bay?

Be aware of the tide | Before heading into the water, be sure to check the tide times. The water comes in very quickly and before you know it, you’re cut off from the shore. If you see anyone in distress dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. HM Coastguard Southend and Southend RNLI have more tips of enjoying the water safely, or check out our Beach Safety Guide.

Need some inspiration?

If you still need some convincing on whether to plan your staycation here, check out our 'Weekend in Southend' guide for some inspiration, and see how much you can cram into a weekend!

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