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City Beach

Address: Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EJ, England
Phone Number: 01702 618747
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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Dirty, dull, strange lights, to many drunks and hoodies, no police around, strange lay out. Tacky arcades too many pubs and fast food outlets, very few sit down places. Parking to expensive!

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2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A multicultural mix of people beach with noise from restraunts, road, theme park etc hence the name city beach. Sand not great and when the tide is out looks a bit naff but don't be put off.Explore the mud flat's for crabing when tides out, nice no frills water when tides in and loads to do off beach once you... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

City Beach is located in what is colloquially known as The Golden Mile. There is the iconic Kursaal at one end (with an indoor bowling alley, useful if it is raining) and the Sealife Centre, loads of gaming arcades, cafés selling bucket and spades, fish and chip shops, pubs, the Pier, Adventure Island and the casinos, and the old Victorian... More 

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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We use the beach regularly between October and May. Reasonably clean, though recent storms have affected the whole coastline. Grab a cuppa at a beach front cafe even in January.

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Southend, essex
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154 reviews 154 reviews
35 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We live in Southend on Sea & this is a nice part of the seafront promenade area. There is ample deck chair hire, public toilets & kiosks selling the usual refreshments etc. and of course the water fountains for endless hours of fun for all kids of all ages to run in & out of! The beach is well kept... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

For a traditional seaside town there were more ethnic minorities there than India, Brixton and Jamaica put together. For one I am not comfortable with this. The weather was good, had an hour there and left. Disappointed.

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Medway, Kent
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

A long clean and rather unexciting beach. Mostly small pebbles and broken shells, but there are strips of sand to play in. It's not an attractive location - there the industrial parts of Sheppey, and tanker ships going to London in the sea view, and the lacking in charm shops of Southend front as the rear view. The promenade has... More 

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134 reviews 134 reviews
75 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

One of the 8 beaches in Southend between Shoeburyness and Leigh-on-Sea. We have been to them all as we are from Southend. City beach is one of the main two beaches along Southend seafront and therefore one of the busiest. Three shells beach is the other main one next to Adventure Island. It is not my personal favourite but the... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Southend-on-Sea is the ideal destination for a day trip. It has a really good shopping centre, plenty of places to eat, the train ride to end of the pier, the beach, Adventure Island, amusement arcades and a nice walk along the promenade to Thorpe Bay. The council has received vast amounts of funding to improve this area, which looks clean... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

No dogs are allowed on any beaches in Southend in summer, but you will often find someone with a bull terrier or some other big dog on the beach that the fore shore officer is too frightened to move on. It is cleaned in the mornings after the night's debris of takeaways and beer cans has been cleared away but... More 

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