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Southend on Sea

Tourist Information Centres

Southend on Sea Visitor Information Centre, Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE
Tel: 01702 215120 / 215620

Press Contact

Kirsty Horseman
Media & Communications Manager,
Southend on Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre,
Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea SS2 6ER.
Tel: 01702 215939

Trade Contact

Lisa Ferne
Tourism & Events Manager
Southend on Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, 12th Floor,
Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea SS2 6ER.
Tel: 01702 215119
Fax: 01702 215465
www.visitsouthend.co.uk or www.southend.gov.uk


Situated in what is regarded as the driest part of the country, Southend is the nearest seaside resort to London, with easy rail access via 2 main rail lines, or by road via the M25 and A127 or A13.
Southend is great for a fun day out, plus, with so much to offer, there's plenty to do for those who stay longer. As well as lovely beaches, Southend has exciting visitor attractions, thrilling adventure rides, more than 300 places to eat, a range of museums and galleries, award winning parks and gardens, excellent theatre and musical performances, splendid shopping facilities, and a full programme of special events. This vibrant seaside resort has everything you could wish to make your visit one to remember.

What's on Offer


Southend’s seven miles of beautiful foreshore stretches from Leigh-on-Sea to Shoeburyness. The coastline here includes beaches that are some of the finest the East of England has to offer, including International Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award winners.

Places to Visit

Southend Pier (The longest pleasure Pier in the World), Southend Pier Museum, Adventure Island fun park with over 60 rides and attractions, Ten-Pin - 30 lanes of tenpin bowling, bars, restaurant and amusements, Sea-Life Adventure (with displays of marine life, restaurant and Little Tykes Activity area), plus museums, art galleries and a planetarium.


The Cliffs Pavilion, with a 1630 seat auditorium with a year-round programme of concerts, major ballet companies, touring West End musicals and famous pop and jazz artists. The Palace Theatre, an array of hotspots and 3 casinos.


Southend has a choice of nationally famous stores and exclusive and specialised boutiques, providing a comprehensive range of shopping facilities. The Royals Shopping Centre & The Victoria are under cover, giving visitors a comfortable shopping environment, whilst Southend High Street is home to the popular farmers' markets.

Eating Out

Southend has more than 300 places to eat, including restaurants, pubs and wine bars that offer a range of cuisine to suit all tastes and pockets.

Recreation & Sport

Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Southend Marine Activities Centre. 3 indoor swimming pools, 3 golf courses, 6 bowling greens, 2 horse centres and 6 sailing clubs.

Conference & Business Facilities

A wide range of state of the art conference facilites for all sizes are available across the area.


Estimated 1750 total bed spaces in inspected accommodation.

Getting There


From the North via A1, M11, M25 &
A127 (M25 Junction 29 - 20 miles).
From the South via M25, Dartford Tunnel, A13 (M25 Junction 30 - 25 miles).


Southend Victoria (Liverpool Street line).
Southend Central (Fenchurch Street line).


Harwich International - 58 miles
Tilbury - London Cruise Terminal - 25 miles


London Southend Airport
London Stansted - 40 miles by road