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Southend Pier & Railway, Southend-on-Sea

Pier / Boardwalk · Tourist Spot
Southend Pier & Railway 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 & Railway a part of your Southend-on-Sea vacation plans using our Southend-on-Sea road trip tool.
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  • We had a lovely time on the pier. We took the train to reach the end of the pier and walked back with a lot of fun talk and memories. We also bought souvenirs from the pier shop, those chubby statues....  more »
  • Visited august 2020! Done it many times! Nice mile walk and plenty of food places at the end with mini golf! Would visit again!  more »
  • Quite a long queue to buy tickets the train journey was excellent and the end of the pier was much larger than it looks. We were very lucky as the weather was brilliant we spent a good couple of...  more »
  • Took the grandchildren on the Santa experience. Really great. Staff were all lovely. Santa had a very Shakespearian voice and the kids were impressed. Train ride was wonderful with lots to look at while they were waiting.
  • It's always lovely to come & spend the day here. I've been doing so since I was a young girl as I'm originally from Bethnal Green East London & so Southend was like an hour away, so not to far at all. I've spent many hours playing on the beach, swimming in the sea & making sandcastles. So many happy memories, which include the awesome Peter Pan park (now Adventure Island) & when I grew up, having nights out in the nightclubs on the seafront...... Do take a walk in the pier or take the train to enjoy the world's longest pleasure pier!! Enjoy!! Regards Justine xXx
  • Love this pier. It's the worlds longest pleasure pier. 1.33 miles long. The train ride is great and it's nice to walk back. Not much 'pleasure' on the pier when I went due to the weather but there's a cafe to get a coffee and the lifeboat station at the end. No arcades or much to do for the kids though.
  • An unexpected day trip for a nice cold beer on the seafront followed by a nice burger from one of the many eateries opposite the pier entrance. Easy day out with plenty of car parks with reasonable parking charges or alternate parking along the seafront where allocated. People actively trying to social distance on the beach and in the shops and facilities available, just a lack of thought in where people were walking was the only negative. Great day out for any age group or for any family looking for a day out.
  • Usually just go there for the beach, and in particular the fish and chips diner which is along the strip right opposite the roller coasters on the main road. The nicest bunch of people you'll come across, car nearly got a ticket, the waitress ran out to let them know I was dining inside. A very pleasant experience.

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