Did you know that Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the WORLD? Not just the UK or even Europe, the actual whole WORLD?
I don’t think many parents with kids could be convinced in trekking under 10’s the 1.34 mile each way walk to reach the end but getting the train up and down the pier is one of Frankie’s favourite things to do and he loves talking about the ‘train in the sea’!
The pier is open all seasons of the year, for a full timetable of opening hours see the link below. Under 3’s go free & they offer family tickets priced at £13.00 for the train both ways for two adults and up to 3 children.
The trains go up and down two tracks to the end of the pier and there are also various sitting points on the pier that you can take in the surrounding views, if you choose to walk it! They run regularly, the best way to see the times is on the board at the Southend Pier Museum entrance where the volunteers will be able to tell you departure times.
At the entrance is the opening to the Southend Pier Museum which is run totally entirely by volunteers and unpaid professionals. The admission fees charged all go back into the Museum and running the pier itself! It’s a fab way to look around at the history of the pier, especially for older children who may be doing local history at school! Southend Pier Museum
Once you get to the end of the pier there are £1 rides, ice cream huts and the Salt Cafe where you can get a hot drink, sandwich and a bit of cake as well Salt Cafe Menu.
There is also a crazy golf course which is only £3 a go. But make sure it isn’t too windy as we found out last time playing with Frankie it’s a lot easier to hit the balls into the sea than into the holes! Southend Pier – Crazy Golf
The Royal Pavillion is also situated at the end of the pier which has capacity for events, holds concerts and weddings which look absolutely fantastic (again not on a windy weather day!) Southend Pier – The Royal Pavillion
RNLI is also stationed at the end of the pier and you are encouraged to go and have a look at the lifeboats too! RNLI – Southend Pier
& for you food lovers Jamie & Jimmy’s cafe is also on the pier, when they’re not filiming it is used as an ice cream shack but it’s still good for taking a selfie outside of! The Sun – Jamie & Jimmy’s Cafe
The volunteers at Southend pier do such a great job of keeping our history alive! Go give them a visit.
Make a day of it at Southend and visit Adventure Island, Southend on Sea at the same time, parking is free after 6pm & wristbands half price.
Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2EL