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Visit Thorpe Bay, a beautiful beach only an hour from London by train

Thorpe Bay is a more peaceful beach-side spot than its bustling neighbour Southend, and its clean beaches lined with colourful, beautifully painted beach huts, make it a perfect spot for a scenic picnic. Its also home to Thorpe Bay Golf Club, an 18-hole course that’s premier in the area.

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What to see and do in Thorpe Bay

Boasting little stilts and verandas, the Thorpe Esplanade beach huts are very fashionable these days. You can hire one of the jolly cabins (look for discreet signs on the huts themselves) and spend a day in one of the most scenic spots in Southend. For a spot of luxury in your day, visit the gorgeous Rosling Beach hotel for a cocktail (or overight stay). Not only does it have stunning views from which to enjoy a drink, there’s also a spa inside if you need a bit of pampering on your trip. Also well worth a visit is nearby Shoeburyness with its sandy beach and pretty as a picture nature park.

If it’s something a little more active you’re after, then Thorpe Bay also has several sporting clubs located in close proximity to the esplanade. These include an 18-hole golf course, bowling club, tennis club and not to mention a yacht club situated on the waterfront.

It’s also worth remembering that Thorpe Bay is only a pebble’s throw away from Southend-on-Sea should you wish to wander down to where the atmosphere can get a little more lively with its bustling tourist trade.

How to get to Thorpe Bay

Take the train bound for Shoeburyness from London Fenchurch Street. The journey time from London is approximately 56 minutes, depending on which train you use. There are approximately 4 trains per hour on a weekday, depending on peak or off-peak travel time and train tickets bought online more than three days in advance are £12.45 for an off-peak return ticket.

Whether you’re travelling in a group or have the kids with you, explore our great value ticket offers to make sure to get the best deal for you.