10 things you need to do in Southend-on-Sea before you die

10 things you need to do in Southend-on-Sea before you die

Southend-on-Sea has become a popular destination for tourists and those who want to stay longer-term over the last few years. And it’s easy to see why.

From the new city’s proximity to London, at just over an hour into London Liverpool Street on the train, to lots of beaches with the sea barely a walk away, there’s plenty to do in Southend. The coastal town was even made into a city last year, in remembrance of Southend West MP Sir David Amess, who had campaigned for many years to see the town he loved recognised as a city.

Since Southend received city status, there has been even more events put on than ever before. Adding this to the already bounteous options on offer along the south Essex seafront, we’ve put together a list of 10 of the things you must do in Southend-on-Sea, whether in a fleeting weekend visit or spread over the course of your life.

If you think there’s an essential activity we’ve not mentioned but should be on this list, please tell us by emailing [email protected] or commenting below.

1. Southend Pier

(Image: Anna Willis)

No list of the best things to do in Southend-on-Sea can leave out the Pier of the Year 2023. Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, and it even has a little railway that operates between the coast and the end of the pier, 1.33 miles out into the Thames Estuary.

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It has a fascinating history, which you can find more about here and .

2. Adventure Island

Adventure Island, the iconic seafront theme park in Essex(Image: Anna Willis)

Almost as if Southend Pier and Adventure Island go together as the two most iconic things to do in Southend, this seaside theme park is a great day out for the whole family. The park itself is free to enter, and there are a wide variety of rides for all ages and levels of courage.

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  • June 25, 2023