"Sunny Southend" Top 5 Page for this destination Southend-on-Sea by gabriellefox

Southend-on-Sea Travel Guide: 121 reviews and 183 photos

General Introduction

Poor Southend has been struggling to shake of its image of "Kiss-me-Quick " and candy floss for some time but as a popular seaside resort it is finding it difficult. The area has seen significant changes and investment but at the end of the day it is a tourist resort as well as business and cultural centre. The development of Southend Airport has been a huge asset to the town with regular flights to Europe.

Southend-on-Sea is the largest town in Essex, with a population of around 176,000. Located at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, the town is the closest resort to London, being only 40 miles east of the capital.

Southend is a busy tourist destination and shopping centre, with a world famous Pier, 7 miles of sea and foreshore, with all its associated leisure facilities and attractions, excellent shopping facilities and numerous restaurants, wine bars and pubs. There are two direct railway lines to London, and the M25 motorway is less than half an hour away. In addition, it also has its own airport.


Until recently Southend had little to offer in terms of accommodation choices but many of the boutique hotels and B&B establishments offer traditional clean and comfortable accommodation with sea views, a warm welcome and wholesome fresh food.

The town is making steady headway into the C21st though and it is worth coming to see her in her Victorian glory.


There is so much to keep you occupied through the day and night here. The shopping is good and is based around the High Street which leads down toward the sea. Drop off your shopping and have some lunch at one of the many restaurants in the town. Take a walk along the Pier and a stroll towards Rossis Ice cream parlour for a snack. Go back to your hotel and get washed and brushed up for dinner and a night on the town.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint Seaside Resort - Perfect day trip
  • Cons:When the sun shines so does the town
  • In a nutshell:Its unpretentious - what you see is what you get
  • Intro Updated Apr 27, 2013
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  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 2:37 AM

    Hello Linda. This looks like quite a lovely place... VT teaches so much: never knew where the world's longest pleasure pier was! Really enjoyed reading your tips. Greetings from the desert / Jess in Dubai :-)

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2006 at 4:32 AM

    Hi Linda, Have they finished the High Street yet? Good page on "poor old Southend" it does deserve someone to give it a compliment or two.

  • marsistanbul's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2005 at 7:02 PM

    Hi;,what a lovely Southend-on sea tips,I should go there asap;)What about 2morrow evening;) Oops,I'll go there for 10 days on tomorrow.'cause my brother living there;)greetings fm Istanbul,and see u,I hope on High street or Debenhamms;)

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2005 at 12:25 AM

    Hi Linda, one day i'll get my backside up to Southend on sea, i've herd the nightlife is very lively up there lol

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2005 at 1:01 PM

    Didnt realise Southend had so much to offer, especially liked Southchurch Hall. I actually visited Southend many moons ago to see our local football team play there, but went on the pier bowling instead! :-)

  • sirenna's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2005 at 11:44 PM

    Enjoyed your page, great photos and useful information. I can see that Southend has improved since last time I was there (3 years ago).

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2005 at 1:30 PM

    thanks for bringing back the memory of some of my old haunts. We share a number of tips here.

  • Sep 6, 2004 at 6:19 AM

    Wishing you a happy birthday and a great time. Greetings from India. Nice phtographs.

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2004 at 7:08 AM

    beautiful start & photos - Happy Birthday !


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