With its art galleries, museums and stunning estuary walks, Southend is well worth a visit whatever the season, and offers lots more than just seaside nostalgia. Less than one hour by train from central London it's an easy day trip from the city. Enjoy country rambles round Hadleigh park with its romantic ruins of a crumbling Medieval castle, or check out the latest cutting edge art at Focal Point gallery. Finish your day off with some top notch grub to rival London.
Where to go in Southend
Walk the longest pleasure pier in the world, play some retro games or go bowling at the Kursaal, or enjoy some good old fashioned chips after a hearty stroll. Here are some of our top picks of places to go when you visit Southend.