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Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea

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. Make Southend Pier a part of your Southend-on-Sea vacation plans using our Southend-on-Sea road trip tool .
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Brilliant walk friendly staff, train ride if the walk was too much. The weather was sunny and warm so it was perfect. Lovely R N L I shop at the end. Also a place for refreshments. Well worth a visit.
  • The words longest pleasure pier right here in Southend. It's truly an amazing walk ranging from about half to a full hour. Or if u don't want to enjoy the view the train can be taken a quick 5 minutes. However once you are at the end there isn't much to do except eat at an overpriced restaurant maybe they should add an arcade?
  • It's Halloween week and they have decorated the the main entrance to fit the occasion there is also a ghost train ride £11 adults £7 kids- love this place childhood memories of fishing with my dad - recommend the train or the walk to the end of the pier for all age groups
  • Loverly Historic pier with pleasant and helpful staff. The pier train is a unique made to measure piece of history, nice and simple with all the old train noises. Very calming pleasant cafe at the end of the pier with facilities and a great view across the shipping lanes.
  • A nice walk along the pier for anyone who loves the sea. Be aware that the walking area is made of wood which has decayed in places, not recommended that you walk bare feet as you are liable to get splinters. Good fishing spot during fishing season.

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