15 Best Places to Visit in Essex

2. Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea

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Southend-on-Sea

Like many English seaside resorts, Southend’s heyday was in the 50s and 60s before you could get affordable flights abroad.

But unlike a lot of its rivals, Southend has evolved and continues to pull in day-trippers from all over the southeast.

One of the draws is the pier, which at 2.16 kilometres is the world’s longest pleasure pier.

If a walk to the pierhead seems too much of a trek, take the train, which runs the full length of the structure.

Younger kids and teenagers will get the most out of Southend; even more if Adventure Island is in your plans.

It’s next to the pier and is like a large permanent funfair.

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