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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Theme Park
“Absolute must-see for families and thrill seekers! With a wide variety of rides whatever your age, there is something for everyone and I have yet to meet a child who doesn't love this place! Best part is that you can enter the theme park for free and have a look at the rides before you decide whether or not to get an all-day wristband. (You can buy tickets for individual rides but this works out much more expensive). Top Tip: In the summer holidays it's open late (until 10/11pm on warm days) and you can buy wristbands for half price after 6pm. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Museum
“You can take a train ride along the longest pleasure pier in the world or if you are feeling sprightly why not walk it”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely place for breakfast or lunch, 25 minute walk along the seafront to Western Esplanade. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Aquarium
“This place has been much improved in recent years and even has some animals you wouldn't expect to see at a Sea Life Centre, including Meerkats! Top Tip: If you buy a wristband at Adventure Island, you can upgrade it to include Sea Life Centre entry for around a fiver - that'll keep everyone amused for the whole day!”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Perfect location for breakfast, lunch and evening dinner. Would need to book for evening meals. Tel 01702 611363”
  • 6 locals recommend
History Museum
“The longest pleasure pier in the World. You can take a walk to the end of catch the little train !”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“A very full menu and never a skinny portion. Arrive hungry and always pre-book.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Shopping centre with high-street fashion, jewellery and home stores, plus hairdressers and cafes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Premise
“Proper food, and a great experience. Evening meal or lighter afternoon fayre.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“If you ever fancied watching a game of bowles whilst eating your lunch then this is place to come ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing Sunday roasts - the best in the area! Restaurant upstairs and wine bar downstairs. We love this place!!!! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bus Station
“You cannot visit Southend without a trip up to the end of the longest (pleasure) pier in the world!!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Elegant Victorian pub, home to local rock music and arts scene, with vegan menu. Definitely worth the short walk to go get out the pub.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Gastro wine cellar restaurant. Traditional Pies and superb wine selection! Great ambience with sawdust on the floor! ”
  • 3 locals recommend