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Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea

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Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world. Stretching 2.16 km (1.34 mi) into the Thames Estuary, the pier makes for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Pass local fishermen as you stroll to the end of the pier, or take the small train journey, which is handy for children and the elderly. Enjoy a coffee at the end of the pier in the cafe at the Royal Pavilion. Visit the RNLI lifeboat station and museum while you are there. Throughout the year, the pier hosts a number of special events. Arrange your visit to Southend Pier and discover more family-friendly attractions in Southend-on-Sea using our Southend-on-Sea holiday planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    This pier is really unique. The train ride up was a great novelty and it's well worth popping down to the pier museum below the railway entrance. Once at the end of the pier there was a beautifully de...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    A lovely pier with good views of the sea and Southend itself. It's a lovely walk with an option of a train ride there or back (or both if you don't fancy the walk). The cafe at the end is nice and the...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    On a weekend to Southend, visited the pier - paid £5 for the return train on the pier. It was very interesting and the views were excellent - it was worth the visit.  more »
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  • Really enjoyable walk to do when the sun is out. Walk itself is 1.3 miles, and is enjoyable. If needs be, there is also a train that runs the length of the pier that will bring you from one end to the other. It is worth the walk just for the views alone. We went into the store at the end for the RNLI and got chatting to the lady who worked there. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the pier and very lovely to chat with. We would have stayed chatting to her longer if we did not have other places to be!
  • Fantastic old Pier. We walked down and took the train back. It was a glorious day when we went and makes all the difference I think. Plenty of seating as you walk along and shelter. Nice cafe at the end also a RNLI life boat shop. Plenty of room on the little train back. Deffo would visit again.
  • A great location for a beginner in sea angling, with a variety of locations along its length to try for fish. Also wonderful in good weather for those who enjoy a stroll. Plus the novelty of the train for those who want to walk one way and/ or make use of the lovely cafe on the end of the pier. A place where you can sit with a cuppa and a cake and contemplate.
  • Lovely walk down the pier, and the train on the pier was quite fun on the way back too! The walk is 1.3 miles long!
  • Beautiful place for a walk and the beach is a lovely place to relax on with lots of shops and restaurants offering a variety of snacks, drinks and food.

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