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Top recommendations from locals

Theme Park
“Absolute must-see for families and thrill seekers! With a wide variety of rides whatever your age, there is something for everyone and I have yet to meet a child who doesn't love this place! Best part is that you can enter the theme park for free and have a look at the rides before you decide whether or not to get an all-day wristband. (You can buy tickets for individual rides but this works out much more expensive). Top Tip: In the summer holidays it's open late (until 10/11pm on warm days) and you can buy wristbands for half price after 6pm. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Situated overhanging the cliffs, there is always some night-time entertainment, in the way of shows, comedy ormusical, etc”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“You can take a train ride along the longest pleasure pier in the world or if you are feeling sprightly why not walk it”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“A pub with outdoor seating. A good spot in Old Leigh by the the sea (located close to Leigh on sea train station). ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Aquarium
“This place has been much improved in recent years and even has some animals you wouldn't expect to see at a Sea Life Centre, including Meerkats! Top Tip: If you buy a wristband at Adventure Island, you can upgrade it to include Sea Life Centre entry for around a fiver - that'll keep everyone amused for the whole day!”
  • 1 local recommends
Cafe
“Perfect location for breakfast, lunch and evening dinner. Would need to book for evening meals. Tel 01702 611363”
  • 6 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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  • 3 locals recommend
History Museum
“The longest pleasure pier in the World. You can take a walk to the end of catch the little train !”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“A very full menu and never a skinny portion. Arrive hungry and always pre-book.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pub
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“Why not! & try some of the fish food snacks (across the road) with your pint/wine. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing Sunday roasts - the best in the area! Restaurant upstairs and wine bar downstairs. We love this place!!!! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Elegant Victorian pub, home to local rock music and arts scene, with vegan menu. Definitely worth the short walk to go get out the pub.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Casino
“Live entertainment every Friday & Saturday, Good Food, Restaurant very nice, Bar excellent, Good atmosphere,”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Gastro wine cellar restaurant. Traditional Pies and superb wine selection! Great ambience with sawdust on the floor! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
History Museum
“This also has a small planetarium and many intersting items in the museum to browse through.”
  • 2 locals recommend