Southend-on-Sea Travel Guide

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Southend-on-Sea Things to Do

  • Southchurch Hall

    I love old buildings so was very keen to visit Southchurch Hall. Southchurch Hall is a Grade I Listed Medieval moated house. This building dates from the fourteenth century, though it was extended and altered in Tudor times and in the1930s. The building was home to farming families and was still used as a family home till the 1920s.When we visited,...

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  • Southchurch Hall Park

    Southchurch Hall is surrounded by gardens which are now a public park. We just had a quick look at them as we had to go catch our train and leave. There was quite a large pond there filled with very attractive sunbathing turtles. The gardens would originally have been farmland.

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  • The Church of Saint John the Baptist

    I came across the Church of Saint John the Baptist as I was wandering around. It looked quite nice, but was not open. There was a large graveyard around it. This church was consecrated in 1842. Several famous people are buried here. Information about them is shown on the photo of the information plaque.

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  • Southchurch Park

    Southchurch Park is a pleasant park with a large duck pond, rose gardens and a cricket ground. There was a cricket match taking place when I got there. I watched it for a while and later sat by the duck pond letting the world pass me by. Very nice on a sunny afternoon.

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  • The Kursaal

    Across from the beaches I noticed an interestingly shaped building called the kursaal. I assumed from its name it had once been a health spa, but in fact it was one of the world's first purpose-built amusement parks.This Grade II listed building first opened in 1901 and originally contained a circus, a ballroom, an arcade, a dining hall and a...

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  • Beaches

    Apparently Southend has around seven miles of beaches. We walked along Three Shells Beach which is the busiest beach as it is located next to the pier and Adventureland. It is also just across the road from cafes, bars, restaurants, amusement arcades and shops. We also walked along the slightly quieter Jubilee Beach which was near the Kursaal and...

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Southend-on-Sea Hotels

Southend-on-Sea Restaurants

  • Beautiful Restaurant

    Contained within what was previously a working boatyard, the building has been converted into a modern restaurant, fully air-conditioned with a state of the art music system, digital projection screen and a glass-fronted kitchen area. A panoramic polarised glass frontage provides uninterrupted views of the Thames Estuary and Two-Tree Island Nature...

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  • Great malaysian House special!

    Really enjoyed the food from here and the staff were always polite and curteous.Got some good deals with combo's of items on the menu. Great views of the ocean by the window. Great malaysian House special!

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  • Great 50's diner

    What a surprise, I've been going to american diners in this country for a number of years. To find this in southend was a pleasant development.I ordered a sandwich and the pancakes, both are full of flavour and depth and are great portions.The staff are really friendly and in uniforms befitting the 50's genre. Friendly and inviting...

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Southend-on-Sea Nightlife

  • Pubs and Bars

    Loads of pubs in Southend but lots of them were all talk if you know what I mean - deafening music (mostly house) being pumped out onto the streets but largely empty inside and none too welcoming atmospheres. Whetherspoons on the High Street was probably the best imo, and a small bar called the Cornucopia was packed both nights we were there, so...

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  • Old Favourite

    Storm Nightclub has maintained its high standards and built up an exceptional reputation within the town, and throughout the whole of Essex. They have a funky fresh image and a wide range of cool and sophisticated nights to tantalise the taste buds. With sexy decor, the latest hi-tech plasma screens, friendly staff and music policy to satisfy the...

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  • Zinc Nightclub

    This is a heavy club running specialist nights in Drum & Base, House, Hard House and Trance. This is a club for seriois clubbers. Smart/Casual

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Southend-on-Sea Transportation

  • Southend International airport

    To me brought up in and around Southend on Sea, the local airport was always known and will continue to be called Rochford airport. For this reason I have written about the airport under the heading Rochford in this site

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  • Useful contacts

    RAIL;C2C(London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central)08457 678765 www.c2c-online.co.ukone(London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria)08459 505000 www.ger.co.ukNational Rail Enquiries08457 484950 www.nationalrail.co.ukNational Express Coaches08705 808080 www.nationalexpress.comAirLondon Southend Airport01702 608100...

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  • Travel guide to Southend

    By Rail:two direct lines from London-Frenchurch Street to Southend Central(C2C line) and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria(one),journey time approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour.By Road:From the north via A1,M11,M25(Junction 29-20 miles) and A127.From the south via M25(Junction 30-26 miles)Dartford Tunnel&A13.By Coach:National Express operates to/from...

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Southend-on-Sea Shopping

  • Under One Roof

    The Royals is Southend's premier covered shopping venue. Housing 31 stores under one roof, The Royals offers a wide variety of products and services to cater for every shopping need (see Store Guide). Along with the four major retailers in-house - Boots, Debenhams, Littlewoods and TK Maxx - The Royals can boast an impressive list of diverse,...

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  • Town Centre end of the High Street

    Victoria Plaza is a collection of shops at the opposite end to the Royals shopping centre which is at the seafront end.There are 110 shops and parking for 700 cars . This is an excellent spot from which to start your shopping expedition. Lots of shops selling a dazzling array of goods.

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  • u c

    This photo was taken in Southend-on-Sea. This tip is under construction and would be complete soon with complete commentary.

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Southend-on-Sea Warnings and Dangers

  • Update

    I'd just like to update you on a few things that are no longer 'warnings or dangers'The Forresters Arms was a disgusting pub and has now thankfully been ripped down by the council and will not be returning to tarnish the seafront!The city beach has recently undergone a renovation and it is now no longer possible for boy racers to tear up and down...

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  • Frequent 'Fast and Furious' style...

    Just be aware that there are a great many 'boy racer' type drivers who meet at weekend evenings (don't know about during the week) to race, 'Fast and Furious' style, in continuous loops up and down the whole length of the promenade road, seemingly largely unchallenged by the police. Apparently they are 'allowed' to do this every so often. I don't...

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  • Dangerous Mud Flats

    Coastguards have warned youngsters and adults not to take chances and walk out too far on the mud in the Thames Estuary. Over the bank holiday weekend, there were special warning notices along the seafront and stewards patrolled along the beach. Coastguards are warning Southend beachgoers to beware of potentially treacherous tides that could sweep...

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Southend-on-Sea Tourist Traps

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    The Golden Mile

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 11, 2005

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    The Golden Mile has been major tourist attraction in Southend On Sea and helped to establish Southend as a major seaside town.

    It has been there ever since the humblest beginnings of Southend as a fishing village where the local fisherman would meet in the public houses to relax after a day at sea. It now houses a multitude of amusement arcades and old traditional pubs.

    Unique Suggestions: It is cheap and tacky and experiencing it once is enough. Lots of pic pockets hoping to take advantage of people who are distracted or a little the worse for wear.

    Fun Alternatives: If you fancy bright lights and gambling go to one of the lovely casinos along the seafront.

    Cheap Vegas

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Southend-on-Sea What to Pack

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    Suncream and a hat!

    by tourism_student92 Written Apr 28, 2012

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I'd like to point out that girls in Southend don't all dress like the above. Most of us are well dressed due to the latest trends leaking from nearby London. There are orange, stiletto wearing girls like there is anywhere else in the country. You'll find most of them pretty glammed up due to TOWIE.

    Bring shorts and t-shirts in the summer, but make sure you have a spare pair of jeans and an extra top layer as the weather can turn and it can be pretty windy on the seafront!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of suncream for those sunny days
    Your nicest make up as Southend's girls were recently voted the prettiest in the UK so you will want to fit in ;)

    Photo Equipment: A standard digital camera can take some beautiful snaps of the Thames estuary and beach.

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Southend-on-Sea Off The Beaten Path

  • Graffitti

    As i was wandering I passed this derelict building with paintings on it. I recognize the scenes from Porridge with Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, but I am not sure what the others are. No idea who painted them there or why.

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  • Priory Park

    Priory Park was originally the grounds of Prittlewell Priory. It is now a lovely public park. To enter the park you pass through some rather ornate gates. There is a large grassy area in front of you and off to the right there are the priory's former fishing ponds which are still fished by local anglers today.As you near the priory, the gardens...

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  • Prittlewell Priory

    A little further on from the football ground we reached Priory Park and Prittlewell Priory.Prittlewell Priory was founded in the twelfth century by monks from the Cluniac Priory of St Pancras. It was a small monastery only housing around 18 monks. The Cluniac Order were largely a silent order and developed sign language for communicating.In the...

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Southend-on-Sea Sports & Outdoors

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    Southend United Football Club

    by marsistanbul Written May 19, 2008

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    See Southend's local team the Shrimpers in action!! All-seater stadium with capacity for over 12,000.Royal Bank of Scotland Family enclosure.Executive Suites for corporate hospitality bookable on an annual or match-by-match basis.The far post and The blues lounge restaurants and bar are open on match days.
    Days open
    Match days are usually Tuesday/wednesday/friday nights and saturday afternoon.
    Times open
    Varies
    Prices
    Special concessions for family tickets are available

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Southend-on-Sea Favorites

  • Sunset over the beach

    As we walked back to our hotel after dinner, the sun was just beginning to set. It was peaceful and quite romantic down at the beach - a far cry from the earlier crowds, though just across the road from the beach for many the party had just begun.

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  • Neighbouring Parishes

    Although everyone talks of Southend on Sea it is made up and adjoins a number of local Parishes.From the entrance of the Thames within the jurisdiction of Southend and following the river upwards towards London, is1 Shoeburyness2 Thorpe Bay ( with Southchurch to the north)3 Southend4 Westcliff on Sea / Chalkwell (Eastwood to the north)5 Leigh on...

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  • Southchurch Hall Park & Museum

    Southchurch Hall museum is housed in the half-timbered medieval manor house, which dates to the early 14th century. The house was restored in the late 1920s, having been purchased by Thomas Dowsett and presented to the town for use as a museum or library. For many years the Hall was used as a branch library but, was converted to museum use. It is...

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