Southend-on-Sea, often just called Southend is within Essex on the north side of the Thames estuary and just 64 km (40 miles) east of central London. This close location to London makes it popular day trip destination.
One of the most famous sites at Southend is the world's longest pleasure pier (just over 2km) which was built in 1830 and has a narrow gauge train to transport you to the end or if you prefer you can take the round trip walk of almost three miles although you could take a rest at the cafe on the pier end.
Due to the close location to London this is not a location for a quiet trip to the coast. As well as the Pier you have lots of amusement arcades and an amusement park Adventure Island with over 60 rides and attractions.
If you want a quieter time then you can move away from the main City beach by the pier and head towards Shoeburyness.
Southend-on-Sea Essex Map
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