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Southend Pier
Vacation Travel Guide

Among the longest in the world, this iron pier protrudes far into the Thames Estuary and is a favorite among local fishermen. 

As the jewel in Southend-on-Sea’s crown, this landmark pier has been attracting visitors to the coast for more than a century. Protruding more than 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) into the Thames Estuary, the pier features a train service to take you to its end. Soak up the fresh sea air, meet local fishermen and take in the panoramic views of the estuary and town. With the pier’s award-winning entrance complex housing the Southend-on-Sea Visitor Information Centre, the pier is the perfect place to start your stay in the town.

Board the train from the entrance complex and in just a few minutes you’ll arrive at the pier’s tip. Admire the modern architecture of White Arkitekter’s Royal Pavilion, a multi-purpose venue opened in 2012. A year-round program sees comedians, musicians, performers and international artists featured in the 185-person capacity hall and the surrounding artist studios. Sit down for a coffee or a light meal in the pavilion’s café and enjoy the sweeping views across the water. On a sunny day the views from the rooftop terrace are some of the best in town.

Meander along the pier, back towards town to enjoy the slow pace of the coast. Listen to sea birds, smell the salt water and watch fishermen casting off at the edge. Rent or buy fishing gear from one of Southend’s tackle shops, along with a license and pier fishing pass and try your own luck. The pier is known for its flounder, bass and mackerel. Before leaving the pier, drop by the Southend Pier Museum to discover over 150 years of photographs, stories and videos.

The Southend Pier is located at the end of the Southend Main Street and can be reached on foot from most parts of town. Metered parking is available at the entrance complex. The pier is closed Christmas Day and an admission fee applies.

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Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)
Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)
3 out of 5
18-20 Westcliff Parade, Westcliff-on-Sea, England
The price is $69 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in the heart of Westcliff-on-Sea, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cliffs Pavilion and Adventure Island. Beecroft Art Gallery and Westcliff ...

3.8/5Good! (641 reviews)

"Good location and friendly staff. Good sea views"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

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Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
3 out of 5
Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $75 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated by the sea, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Southend Pier and Adventure Island. Southend Beach and Three Shells Beach are also within 10 minutes. ...

3.9/5Good! (984 reviews)

"Lovely staff especially Callum in the bar and the lovely man in check-in. I didn’t get him name unfortunately (I think it might have been James)"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Seven Hotel
Seven Hotel
4 out of 5
5-7 Clifton Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $161 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in the heart of Southend-on-Sea, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Empire Theatre and Adventure Island. Southend Pier and Three Shells ...

4.3/5Excellent! (319 reviews)

"The Seven , really should be renamed 10 .... My stay was that good , service was great , top draw consistently from the check in to the check out ...... beautiful breakfast to . If you are looking for a good stay in Southend .... stay here its fab"…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Seven Hotel
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Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)
Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)
3 out of 5
18-20 Westcliff Parade, Westcliff-on-Sea, England
The price is $69 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
3 out of 5
Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $75 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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Seven Hotel
Seven Hotel
4 out of 5
5-7 Clifton Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $161 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
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OYO Devine Beach Hotel
OYO Devine Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
21-23 Manor Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, England
The price is $63 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24
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Hamiltons Boutique Hotel
Hamiltons Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
6 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $77 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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The Hope Hotel
The Hope Hotel
3 out of 5
34 Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $83 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Pier View Self Catering Apartments
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5 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
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Haven House Hotel
Haven House Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Heygate Ave, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $70 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5
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The Regency Apartments
The Regency Apartments
4 out of 5
18 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, England
The price is $435 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
The Regency Apartments
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