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“The Pier is Southend, Southend is the 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.
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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“The Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

I grew up in sight and sound of Southend Pier and took my friend with me as we walked the length for the first time together, it was windy, it was cold and we enjoyed it!!! Both of us have our own memories of Southend Pier, even going back to our respective childhoods, for my friend it was particularly poignant for many years ago she scattered her mum's ashes from the end of the pier.

We walked the length and this pair of 50-somethings were like a couple of teenagers reliving our past!! Got to the end and had a few minutes silence before a coffee in the 'Cultural Centre' - to me, Southend and culture are two words that don't go together, nor does the cafe within the centre - for it appears to be run by the clueless and can only appeal to the lowest common denominator as Cappuchino, Latte, etc do not appear there! Perhaps Southend Borough Council needs to look at the pier head catering franchises very seriously.

Took the train back and we finished the day with presenting my friend with a personalised certificate for walking the pier - her face just beamed!!!

The title is Sir John Betjeman's description of both town and pier, and very apt it is.

Visited February 2013
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“essential visit in Southend”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

the pier is an institution in Southend and refuses to disappear no matter how many fires, collisions or other mishaps occur. he new building is fantastic and has so many uses. Would recommend a visit to anyone.

Visited December 2012
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Orsett, United Kingdom
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“Meh”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Its just a pier. It's quite long though i guess, but still just a pier. It may be the longest pier in Europe but that is just like saying you have the longest pavement in Europe or the longest public footpath, its not very special!

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“as good as a cruise”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

I have visited this pier many times over the years, it has been fraught with many problems. Fires and a boat collided with it and caused a lot of damage. I was so surprised that it has managed to rise once again, A walk along the pier just over a mile to the Restaurant, owned by Jamie Oliver?, The Life boat station.run by friendly staff, we witnessed a rescue. The children were so interested.
We got the train back. An enjoyable afternoon.

Visited October 2012
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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Longest in the World!”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great for taking small children! Train to the end of the pier is good fun. Great cafe at the end of the pier! Hoping Jamie and Jimmy's cafe re opens in 2013.

Visited December 2012
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