The Essex seaside resort of Southend-On-Sea is home to the Victorian Pleasure pier, which is the longest in the world and surrounded by a throng of bright lights and amusement arcades. Endless amounts of cafes, pubs and souvenir shops line the beach, meaning that there is entertainment to suit all ages. The British weather is of course unpredictable throughout the year, but on a good day you can take a stroll along the beach or even head to nearby Belfairs Wood Nature Reserve which is one of the area’s most popular attractions.
An economy car is perfect for going around Southend-On-Sea and the rest of the south Essex coast, where you will encounter few issues whilst driving.
Driving in Southend On Sea
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Important things to note
Roads in Southend-On-Sea are not especially busy or troublesome, meaning you can navigate your way around quite easily
Southend is connected to London and the rest of the country by two A-Roads, the A127 and the A13.
Parking enforcement cameras are dotted around the town, so make sure you ensure you are paid up and covered or in a designated parking area.
Highlights & Hotspots
Southend Sea Front is open all year round where people flock eager to enjoy endless amounts of guilty pleasures. Penny machines, electronic punch bags and other noisy and garish gambling machines fill the amusement arcades that line the beachfront. The jewel in the Southend-On-Sea crown is undoubtedly the pier, which at 2158 metres long is the world’s longest by quite a distance.
Adventure Island is perched right on the sea front, meaning if you have kids, it’s essential if you want to avoid getting into their bad books. The park is great for adults too and has some great thrill rides as well as all the kiddy classics you’d expect at a fairground.
If you want to explore the ocean without getting cold or wet, take a trip to Sea Life Adventure, located on the Eastern Esplanade. Although not the largest of aquariums, there are plenty of turtles, tropical fish and other sea life to keep younger children entertained for an afternoon.
Proclaiming to sell the best burgers in Essex, Lunch in a Bag serves up fantastic American food; they also give American sized portions too, so you won’t go hungry. With possibly the biggest burger menu you’ll find in the UK, as well as hot dogs and pulled pork, it’s well worth a look. Fish and chip shops are everywhere in Southend, one of the oldest and best is Oldham’s.
Southend has its own small, international airport, which accepts flights from 17 European destinations. The drive from London Gatwick or Heathrow will take you approximately an hour.
Southend is also within easy reach of London Stansted Airport, although it doesn‚Äôt have quite as wide a range of flights.