Southend-on-Sea is a real holiday resort in the best British seaside tradition. It has a great deal to offer the visitor; seven miles of sandy beaches, a magnificent pier, oodles of attractions, loads of cafes and restaurants and it is one of the driest places in the country. Situated on the Essex coast and only 50 miles from London it is not surprising that this is a very popular resort for day trips and holidays.
For details of Southend-on-Sea Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages and Attractions. Go to Southend Hotels, Guest Houses and Cottages
Southend pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world reaching a full 1.34 miles into the North Sea. A wide range of events take place on the pier throughout the year and it is very popular with anglers. The pier was first opened in 1889 and was used as a base by steamships on routes to France and Holland.
Southend-on-Sea has seven miles of beaches stretching from Shoeburyness to Leigh-on-Sea, all of which won seaside awards in 2005. In all there are six separate beaches available to the visitor so there is plenty of room for everyone. In addition there are also four museums, three theatres, two art galleries, seven libraries, three casinos, a bowling alley, a sealife centre, the largest fun park in the south-east, a skateboard park and BMX track, five leisure centres, and even an airport.… according to the Council website! there is plenty to keep most visitors amused for a fortnights holiday.
The town has numerous commercial attractions available including an aquarium, permanent fun fair with rides and amusements, large bowling centre and numerous theatres.
Canvey Island is located 3 miles to the west of Southend and lies in the Thames estuary, it is mostly made up of holiday homes and associated tourist facilities. The island was badly flooded in 1953 and it is now surrounded by a large and effective sea wall that is modelled on Dutch sea defences. Canvey Island has two beaches that are approved for bathing.
What to see in Southend - Tourist Attractions
Southend Pier - The longest pleasure pier in the world
Southend Sea Life Adventure - Aquarium with underwater tunnel - Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2ER Tel: 01702 442200
Adventure Island - Theme park with 40 rides - Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE Tel: 01702 443400
Kursaal - Tenpin bowing and other facilities - Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2WW Tel: 01702 322322
Southend Planetarium - Southend Central Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6EW Tel: 01702 434449
Belfair's Nature Reserve and Golf Course - Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR Tel: 01702 520202
Kid's Kingdom - Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex Tel: 01702 462747
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