Southend-on-Sea Travel Guide

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Southend-on-Sea Things to Do

  • Church of St Mary the Virgin -...

    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 an eastern wall that now forms part of the Jesus Chapel. Since then the...

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  • The Kursaal

    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 is really unrecognizable to those of us who were brought up in the Borough...

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  • 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 necessary for boats to be able to tie up. Over the years the pier has been...

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  • 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 tickets for adult/intense rides. Or a wrist band (£22 per adult/£14 for...

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  • 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 waterfalls, Still the courses themselves didn't really go too far in terms...

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  • Galleries..

    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 paintings to contemporary works,while at Focal Point the very best of...

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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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    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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    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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    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

  • WWII

    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 some "dirty weapons" such as mustard gas. If it did explode, it would be...

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  • 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 plenty of local shops.Heading away from the train station along the coast is a...

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  • Kids Kingdom

    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 be booked for special after hours parties for "young at heart" adults :)Days...

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Southend-on-Sea Sports & Outdoors

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    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

  • 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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  • Cork & Cheese

    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...

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