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Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea

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Pier / Boardwalk Tourist Spot
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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  • Very relaxing and great vantage point for watching shipping. Kids oved it and they got close to people fishing without being in the way. The train is fantastic too.  more »
  • Went for a stroll along here on a very windy afternoon and even though we thought we'd never make it to the end we eventually did. And at the end was a lovely little cafe where we had cream tea and to...  more »
  • Don't bother I would say! It's £2 per person just to get on the pier. We walked to the end and back (it was bracing) very disappointed with coffee shop and bar at the end of the pier! The RNLI shop wa...  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.