A little about Southend
Southend is one of England’s true crowning jewels. Offering up sun, sea, sand and a sensational community spirit, it’s the perfect location for any family holiday or day out – especially as it hosts our very own Adventure Island!
It’s no wonder, then, that Southend welcomes up to 300,000 visitors per day during the summer season, making it the undisputed hospitality hotspot of Essex.
Read on for more information about Southend and get a feel for what makes this dazzling coastal town so unique.
Fun facts about the local area
Things to do in Southend on Sea
Nothing beats a stroll along Southend’s seven miles of seafront. The coast is blessed with beautiful views and, of course, the iconic skyscape of our spectacular theme park. Visitors can enjoy a walk along our impressive pleasure pier, a short ride on the UK’s shortest cliff lift, and a stunning interactive introduction to marine life in the amazing Sealife Adventure aquarium. For the culture vultures amongst you, there are some beautiful historical sites that are worth a visit, including Southchurch Hall and Prittlewell Priory.
As you’d expect from such a long-standing seaside resort, there are also plenty of places to stay, dine and unwind. Southend boasts over 300 restaurants, countless shops (including the great selection of retailers at the Victoria Shopping Centre). If you’re planning a longer stay, check out the luxurious Park Inn Palace, opposite the park, or browse other accommodation options here.
All in all, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in Southend. We can’t wait to welcome you to our town and give you a hefty dose of good old Essex hospitality!