Southend-on-Sea is a unitary authority area, town, and seaside resort in Essex, England. The district has Borough status in the United Kingdom, and comprises the towns of Chalkwell, Eastwood, Essex, Leigh-on-Sea, North Shoebury, Prittlewell, Shoeburyness, Southchurch, Thorpe Bay, and Westcliff-on-Sea. The district is situated within the Thames Gateway on the north side of the Thames estuary 40 miles (64 Kilometre) east of central London. It is bordered to the north by Rochford (district) and to the west by Castle Point.

Why visit?

  • Southend-on-Sea is home to a number of historical sites, including the Southend Pier Museum, Prittlewell Priory, and the Southchurch Hall Museum.
  • Southend-on-Sea is home to a variety of attractions, including Adventure Island, the Sea Life Adventure Aquarium, and the Kursaal amusement park.
  • Southend-on-Sea is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world, stretching 1.34 miles out to sea. The beach is also a great place to relax and take in the stunning views of the Thames Estuary.