Maison Renouf

Bradley Way, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, SS4 1BU, United Kingdom
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3 days in Southend with Family

by emmweb

My husband and I will be in Southend for 3 days in June with our 11 year old daughter. Can anyone recommend some fun things to do (aside from Adventure Island and the pier) and some places where we might enjoy a good meal? Thanks!

Re: 3 days in Southend with Family

by Britannia2

I hate to see a question go without answer - Southend is one of the few places in England I have never been to - I can only say have a look at/ .
Also have a look at the Southend pages here on VT.

Re: 3 days in Southend with Family

by taurean_traveller

When you get to Southend there is a tourist info place along the sea front.
There is an Sea Life centre which is well woth a visit.
The Adventure playground is very popular and there is also an old ship (forget the name) which you can look over.
You can walk to the end of the pier and take a train back but whatever you still have to pay.
Small cafe at the end of the pier
As for eating places,there are many traditional fish and chip places.
However one of the most popular places are the small cafes (called The Arches )around 1km west of the pier,all with outside seating,very varied menues and very tasty.Around £6.50 for adults and with a child's menu.And very popular

Immediately north of the pier is the main town centre with it's long pedestrian high street with lots of cafes and pubs that serve food.
There is also the Cliffs Pavillion theatre and you can find out what is on via there web site.
1km east past the pier is the Kursall area which has a bowling alley and is mainly an amusement area.

If the weather is nice you can even swim and sunbathe!!
Email me if there is anything else you need

Travel Tips for Southend-on-Sea

Cork & Cheese

by gabriellefox

The Cork & Cheese was one of my favourite pubs. It is based in the confines of Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre. I started drinking in this pub whilst I was a student. The Cork & Cheese might not be much to look at from the outside, but step inside and you’ll be glad you did. This great pub is the proud winner of the CAMRA’S South East Essex pub of the year 2002, due to its welcoming atmosphere and wonderful selection of real ales that change on a regular basis

The pier Museum

by sourbugger

Very few people seem to realise that tucked away somewhere underneath the train station at the land end of the pier railway lies an interesting little museum about the pier.

It is only 60 pence to get in but has a well presented display about the pier itself, the disasters that have beset it, the threat of closure, it's use in wartime and much else besides.

It's prize exhibits are some well restored examples of old rolling stock of the pier railway which at one time carried over Five million people a year.

Southend Library

by gabriellefox

If you like libraries you will love this one. It has floors and floors of books, tapes, CDs and DVDs on just about every subject matter. It also displays local artwork and photgraphy. It has a little cafe upstairs where you can enjoy a nice cup of tea and a light snack.

Southend Airshow

by gabriellefox

Over half a million people flock to Southend seafront to see the world famous Red Arrows perform over the Thames Estuary. The Westcliff Casino, sponsors of the event, and forms the axis for the display.

The action-packed two days also features superb ground entertainment. The army and RAF town shows, flight simulators, a reverse-bungee ride, giant inflatables, craft-fayre market and various delicious food stalls all contributed to the popularity of the event and were enough to prise any eyes from the skies!

May 2005 will mark the event’s 20th anniversary, so expect a very special show on Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday 30th May 2005!


by alyf1961


Southend on sea is a town on the Thames estuary in Essex. It was inhabited during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and early Iron Age. It has been successfully settled by the Romans, Saxons and the Danes. Southend boasts the worlds longest pleasure pier [2360 yards], which was built in 1835. A train runs the length of the pier with a cafe and RNLI station at the end.


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