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With truly stunning 360 views all year long it is the perfect place to go for a taste of the freedom of the sea and invigorating fresh air. At the Pier Head you can visit the active RNLI station and gift shop, relax and take in the fantastic views from the superb sun-deck or even try your hand at sea fishing (fishing pass available from the Visitor Information Centre).
Additionally, elegant pleasure boats, as well as impressive visiting Tall Ships, offer trips and a taste of the nautical life at key times of the year, whilst the Pier’s own busy events calendar means there is often something new to see!
Pier trains leave the shore end of the Pier on the hour and half hour from opening until 1 hour before closing. The trains leave the Pier Head at a quarter to and a quarter past the hour until 15mins before closing. This is a half hourly service.
At peak times a 2 train service is operated. Trains leave both ends at a quarter past, half past, a quarter to, and on the hour.
Special trips on the Pier train take place throughout the year such as Ghost Trains and Santa on the Pier. For the latest information on this visitor offer please browse our 'What's On' event page.
Whilst at the Pier take the opportunity to visit the Southend Pier Museum which offers a fascinating insight into the history of this famous landmark.
10% on groups of 15-24 people.
Groups of 25 people and over will recieve a 20% discount.
Please visit Southend Visitor Information Centre and tell us how large your group is - we will then apply the discount!
Standard Pier Prices:
Train (return): Adult £3.60, Child / OAP / Concessions £1.80, Family £9.30
Walk & Ride (walk one way and ride the other way):
Adult £3.10, Child / OAP / Concessions £1.80, Family £8.00
Summer walk (1st April-30th September)
Adult £2.00, Child /OAP /Concessions £1.00
Winter Walk (1st October - 31st March)
Adult / Child / OAP / Concessions £1.00
Fishing (including train):
Adult £5.30, Child / OAP / Concessions £3.50
Children under 3 years are free.
Pier Admission prices vary for Visiting Ships, please contact the Visitor Information Centre for more details.
Family 2 adults + 3 children
OAP 60+ years
Adult 14-59 years
Child 3-13 years
0-2 years free
Open all the time
Open every day except Christmas Day. Seasonal Opening Hours.
Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EE
Map reference: TQ 885850 Lat: 51.53268 Long: 0.71700
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : Southend Central station
|Fri 24 - Mon 27 May 2013||Tall Ship Atlantis|
|Sat 1, Sun 2 Jun 2013||RNLI Open Weekend|
|Sun 25 Aug 2013||50th Annual Thames Barge Match|
|Sat 28 Sep 2013||Visit Clacton on the Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Sun 29 Sep 2013||Cruise River Medway on the Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Sun 29 Sep 2013||Peaceful Evening Cruise - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Tue 1 Oct 2013||Cruise River Blackwater - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Tue 1 Oct 2013||Visit Clacton on the Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Fri 4 Oct 2013||Sail thru Tower Bridge - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Sat 5 Oct 2013||Sail thru Tower Bridge - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Mon 7 Oct 2013||Visit Whitstable on the Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Wed 9 Oct 2013||Cruise River Blackwater - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Wed 9 Oct 2013||Visit Clacton on the Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Fri 11 Oct 2013||Sail thru Tower Bridge - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Sat 12 Oct 2013||Thames Forts - Waverley Paddle Steamer|
|Sun 13 Oct 2013||Cruise River Medway - Waverley Paddle Steamer|