Why visit Southend-on-Sea? The clue is in the name. Six million visitors a year head to Southend-on-Sea, most attracted by the fresh air, the beach, and the traditional attractions of an English seaside resort. Beyond the famous pier, Southend is also home to the Adventure Island amusement park, the Sea-Life Adventure aquarium and the Southend Cliff Gardens, complete with funicular railway from the seafront up to Clifftown Parade.
From Southend Pier, the mostly pedestrianised High Street runs north towards Southend Victoria railway station. On the way you'll pass The Royal Shopping Centre, Southend Central station, The Victoria Shopping Centre, and many other shops, restaurants, and bars. Other food, drink and nightlife options can be found on the seafront itself, especially along Marine Parade to the east of the pier.
Alongside its classic seaside attractions, Southend also offers a number of cultural ones, including the Beecroft Art Gallery with its permanent and temporary exhibitions; the Southend Central Museum which tells the story of the history of the town; and the Southchurch Hall Museum, housed in a medieval manor house. The Cliffs Pavilion is a major entertainment complex, which regularly hosts live concerts, West End shows, comedy and dance.