Southend-on-Sea Travel Guide
A circular garden with benches circling...
Things to Do
Things to Do
Things to Do
British seasideness... beach, chips, beer, 'kiss me quick hats' and funfair rides
Can get very busy at the weekends.
In a nutshell
Typical British seaside town with all the usual trappings.
Church of St Mary the Virgin - Prittlewell
There has been a church on this site for well over 1000 years and the church at Prittlewell is mentioned in the Doomsday Survey of 1086.Over the years, various additions were made to the church and in the 15th century the magnificent tower was built together with a porch and...
This area is known to both visitors to Southend and locals alike.Sadly it is a mere shadow of its former self when on its four acres, it had numerous outdoor rides and all the fun of the fair. Currently it does have a certain amount of entertainment within the building but...
Southend on Sea Pier
The pier at Southend on Sea has a long and checkered history going back to 1830 when the first pier of a wooden construction was completed. As trips to the seaside became popular it was not possible to reach Southend by boat as the area is fairly flat, so a long pier was...
Adventure Island: Interesting park
Visited whilst on weekends opening, A interestingly located park, right next to the seafront at the end of the city centre road.Free entry, and park has a range of rides and games for everyone.You can pay for rides individually(£1.60 per ticket) 1 ticket for kids rides and 2...
Amusing crazy golf next to fair
2.90 a 9 hole crazy golf or the both 9 hole courses for 4.50,They have done well to fit it in the small area next to the fair, but its was a great day when I visited, sun in the sky and not a cloud in sight.Some interesting adventuring theming with jeeps, aircraft and little...
For those who have a keen eye for exceptional works of art,the Beecroft Gallery in Westcliff and the Focal Point Gallery at Southend Central Museum keep the town's visitor in the picture all year around.The Beecroft has a varied collection ranging from 17th Century Dutch...
Roslin Beach Hotel
1 Review and 348 Opinions A warm and friendly welcome in this family run hotel,situated on the Sea Front at Thorpe Bay.It...
1 Review and 122 Opinions The Camelia Hotel is situated in a superb position on the seafront at Thorpe Bay, just outside...
The Boatyard: 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...
Bobby Jo's Diner: 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...
Westcliff casino: Westcliff Casino
A la carte restaurant and Terrace Bistro,Bar..Excellent views over Thames Estuary.Programme of regular entertainment and here is one of the biggest casino in England.Days open;every day all year round except Christmas Day.Times open;1.oopm-4.ooam
grilled salmon with...
Bakers Oven: "eat well,feel great"
An other classy and always designer of simple tastes.. Bakers Oven always offering a great range of bakery product in out takeaways,many of their shops also offer a cafe facility with varied menu of tasty products.They have a wide range of traditional...
Varied: 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...
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
The Royals Shopping Centre,: 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,...
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...
Frequent 'Fast and Furious' style driving at night
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...
Suncream and a hat!
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...
Some five miles to the east of the Pier, is the wreck of USS Robert Montgomery which went aground and broke its back in August 1944. The vessel was carrying a huge amount of munitions but has been deemed too dangerous to try to remove the cargo which rumour has it, contains...
Nice marina and local nature reserve
Leigh on sea is a 2-3 mile walk from southend on sea and has a train station by the marina,The marina town is quiant and has a interesting museum and local eateries. Plus a good opportunity to buy local seafood.The town meanwhile is the usual fare but well designed and...
8000 square foot play area of bouncy inflatable obstacle courses,climbs,runs and tubular slides,including a 14 foot vertical drop slide and 14 foot jelly mountain.A dedicated pre-school area has soft play and small twist slides.Large thermed diner,regular BBQ in summer.Can...
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