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“Wonderful Southend Pier”
Review of Southend Pier

Southend Pier
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Private Southend's Seaside Delights Day Trip from London
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Owner description: Southend Pier is the worlds longest pleasure Pier at one and a third miles or two point two kilometres. You may walk or take a unique ride on a Pier train. Visit the lifeboat station and gift shop, and stop for refreshments in Salt café.
Reviewed August 9, 2012

The pier at Southend stretches over a mile out to sea. It is visible from all along the seafront and is a classic icon of Essex. Years ago, it was possible to fall through the planks that lay precariously on the floor of the pier, to be swept away by the tide. Nowadays, the pier is a safe place to visit, whether old or young. The oldies like to walk to the RNLI station at the pier and, whilst younger lazy people can get the (frequent) train service. Whenever my sister visits from Australia, we always head to Southend Pier for a walk. The views from the end of the pier, across the Kent, are spectacular. There used to be boat trips along the coast from the peir end but I am now aware whether they are still running.
If you have a camera, be sure to take as many snaps as you can, especially when the sun is setting or rising.
There is a fundraising scheme that allows people to buy a plank in someone’s name or memory. You don’t actually get the plank, but the name is registered on a large expanse of boards at the pier entrance, for all to see. It is a nice way to remember someone.
I love the pier and recommend it.

Thank DavidBazil
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

A stroll along the pier offers a very quick get away from the hustle of the seafront and the high street and really lets you take in the views from afar. There is a cafe at the end too so you can warm yourself up with a cuppa after being blown around like a plastic bag in the wind.

Thank Becky S
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

This is your usual pier albeit the longest in England, the train is well worth a ride, good fish and chips at the shop on the end of the pier. If you are lucky you may even see a seal or two in the water, wrap up well if you go out of summer months

Thank susandingwall
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Southend pier is one of the best things about Southend, it has history of it's own. With fires too numerous to mention, ships and boats bashing in to it's structures and it's own train to take you along the mile to get to the end of the pier. It's A LEGEND in it's own right.

Thank paul b
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Southend Pier is largely unchanged - despite the years and the fires - for decades.
As a leisurely walk, followed by a ride back on the train, on a beautiful day, it's great. Just don't expect the activities and facilities of Brighton or the originality and gentility of Southwold.
Also, a tip: it takes longer than you think (allow 90 mins, min.), both to walk and to queue for the every-half-hour (why?) train, so beware of not paying for a sufficiently long period in the rapaciously priced and patrolled local car parks.
The rest of Southend prom has had some money spent on it, and is good for kids. Gets a bit raucously rough (the pubs!) as evening draws on, though.

Thank Retyree
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