Southend-on-Sea Beach

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA is not the first seaside hotspot that people think of in the UK – but it should be high up on the list if you love the coast.

Essex has the second longest coastline by county in the UK and yet only has a few beaches that are worth visiting with Southend at the top.

Why should you visit Southend-on-Sea Beach?

Pier, wonderful beach, theme park and arcades – Southend has everything for a fabulous day at the beach.

The Essex city is best known for its pier which is the longest pleasure in the world at over two metres long.

You can either walk the length by foot or hop on the train to the pierhead where you can visit the Southend Pier Royal Pavilion for art exhibitions and theatre.

There are numerous eateries there too, meanwhile Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty film Friday Night Feast in an old cafe there as well.

Southend's coastline is one of the most popular in the UK with the pier and amusement parks making it a great family hotspot (Adrian Scottow/Flickr)
Southend’s coastline is one of the most popular in the UK with the pier and amusement parks making it a great family hotspot (Adrian Scottow/Flickr)

The beach itself – known as Jubilee Beach – has shingles rather than sand, but provides a relaxing spot to look out at the Thames Estuary.

It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike with the city centre just minutes’ walk away and you can even bring your dogs along for most of the year – canines are banned from May 1 to September 30.

Meanwhile, just slightly inland, there is the Kursaal, one of the world’s first purpose-built amusement parks were you can play all of the fun games like the 2p machine.

And if you didn’t already have enough activities to keep your whole family happy, there is the Adventure Island theme park filled with rollercoasters and variety of other rides.

Then you can head to the Sealife Adventure aquarium to wonder at the incredible marine life from penguins and otters to sharks and rays.

Can you park at Southend-on-Sea Beach?

With the city centre just minutes away, there are countless places to park if you are heading the beach in Southend.

The Promenade and Seafront car parks are the closest, with parking at the latter costing £2.50 an hour.

However, if you want to do a bit of shopping as well, you can also make use of The Royals or The Victoria shopping centres.

Don’t fancy driving? Southend has two railway stations with the Greater Anglia service ending at the Victoria station at the top of the high street

Meanwhile, the c2c trains come into Southend Central, located in the middle, opposite the local college.

Where to stay at Southend-on-Sea Beach

The Park Inn dominates the skyline from the beach with the 3-star hotel able to meet your every need and just a six-minute walk to the beach – you can stay there from just £79.20 a night.

There is also The Hope Hotel from £65 a night that overlooks the Jubilee Beach, while below sits a pub where you can grab a refreshing drink and some tasty food.

Leave a Comment