Southend-on-Sea

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Southend-on-Sea which includes a sunset, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Swim in the mouth of the River Thames, fish from one of the world’s longest piers or eat fresh fish and chips on the beach at this seaside resort town.

Visit Southend-on-Sea to enjoy a seaside resort village that is known for its tranquility and relaxed pace. Built on the mouth of the Thames Estuary, this is a great place to explore the famous river, stroll through a traditional English village or enjoy authentic fish and chips.

Get your bearings in this small town by taking a quick tour, either on foot or by bicycle. Leave Southend’s main street and head to the Southend Pier to breathe in the fresh sea air. Stop at Adventure Island on your way and ride one of the rollercoasters or try your luck on the arcade-style amusements.

Swim, sail or kayak in the calm waters off Southend’s beaches. The 7 miles (11 kilometers) of waterfront are the major attraction of the town, particularly during the peak of summer. Escape the crowds by heading to Chalkwell Beach to relax in peace and quiet.

Discover Britain’s fascinating military history at Tilbury Fort. This fort is one of the best preserved historic sites in the United kingdom.

In winter the weather turns wet and windy, providing dramatic views across the estuary and making the town’s many warm pubs even more enticing. Drop by the Southend High Street to find bars and clubs. Despite the town’s sleepy reputation, there are some great spots for dancing well into the night, especially on weekends. Stop by a waterfront restaurant or take-out store for locally caught fish with hand-cut hot chips for an authentic British seaside meal.

As the weather heats up Southend-on-Sea’s population swells with visitors and the resort becomes a playground for vacationers. Walk the length of one of the world’s longest piers, sail the calm waters of the estuary or simply enjoy a cup of tea in the cozy village center.

Southend-on-Sea is located approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of London’s center and can be reached by car in one hour. Trains depart frequently from London to Southend, while flights from many European cities arrive at the London Southend airport daily.

Where to stay in Southend-on-Sea

Skylark Hotel
Skylark Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £70 per night from 7 Oct to 7 Oct
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Palace Theatre, Roots Hall Stadium and Belfairs Public Golf Course. Southend-on-Sea City Hall ...
3.7/5Good! (391 reviews)
"Great stuff I would recommend and will stay again thank you Skylark"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Skylark Hotel
Seven Hotel
Seven Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £124 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in the heart of Southend-on-Sea, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Empire Theatre, Southend Pier, and Adventure Island. Three Shells ...
4.2/5Very Good! (366 reviews)
"Lovely clean and modern A"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Seven Hotel
Holiday Inn Southend
Holiday Inn Southend
4 out of 5
The price is £87 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Roots Hall Stadium, Palace Theatre and Southend-on-Sea City Hall. Cliffs Pavilion and Beecroft ...
4.3/5Excellent! (770 reviews)
"View from the picture windows. Great service . Covid respectful . Excellent stay"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Holiday Inn Southend
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Exhale
Exhale
4 out of 5
The price is £127 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Situated in Southend-on-Sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cliffs Pavilion, Beecroft Art Gallery and Westcliff Gardens. Genting Club ...
Exhale
The Regency Apartments
The Regency Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is £588 per night from 30 Oct to 30 Oct
Situated in Southend-on-Sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of New Empire Theatre and Adventure Island. Southend Pier and Three Shells Beach ...
The Regency Apartments
Californication
Californication
4.5 out of 5
The price is £135 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Situated in Southend-on-Sea, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cliffs Pavilion and Adventure Island. Beecroft Art Gallery and Westcliff ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Modern, homely decor -minor improvements required
"We actually stayed in apartment ‘Shape of Water’ which is owned by the same company as ‘Californication’ due to unforeseen circumstances. We were very happy with the communication beforehand and the check in process was very convenient and straightforward. The decor was very homely and modern however ..."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019

Californication
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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