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Best things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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
Natural Feature
“Right next to Chalkwell Train station. Cafe & toilets nearby. Walk from Chalkwell to Leigh along the cinder path next to the railway line”
5 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Besides the Church with its graveyard, Leigh is full of independent shops, cafes, bars etc. It was voted the happiest town in England 2019! ”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely place for breakfast or lunch, 25 minute walk along the seafront to Western Esplanade. ”
5 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
Cafe
“Our favourite cafe - divine breakfasts and cakes. Get there early as it's always busy”
5 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 4
“Nice little coastal town, not too busy like Southend, a street of bars and restaurants to eat and drink and socialise.”
7 locals recommend
Cafe
“Perfect location for breakfast, lunch and evening dinner. Would need to book for evening meals. Tel 01702 611363”
6 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
Ice Cream Shop
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“haha not sure where the pic comes into it...but you really do need a scooped vanilla Ice Cream Cone (not the soft one from the machine, whipped?). Made in Southend and tasting great!!!!”
5 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
Shopping Mall
“Shopping centre with high-street fashion, jewellery and home stores, plus hairdressers and cafes.”
2 locals recommend
Bar
“A very full menu and never a skinny portion. Arrive hungry and always pre-book.”
4 locals recommend