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Southchurch Hall is medieval moated manor house, which dates to the early 14th century.

The house allows visitors to explore what life was like during the medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian times, with a beautiful selection of historic furniture and collection displayed throughout.

The house was restored in the late 1920s, having been purchased by Thomas Dowsett and presented to the town for use as a museum or library. For many years the Hall was used as a branch library, however after 1974 it became the historic property it is today, cared for and interpreted by Southend Museums Service.

Set in beautiful gardens, there is plenty to see and do for all the family. A small exhibition on the history of the house is displayed in the welcoming reception space, alongside a varied and exciting gift shop and simple refreshment offer.

The Hall is a licensed venue for weddings and the gardens provide a perfect backdrop for photographs.



  • Disabled access - Ground floor access, sadly no access to the Victorian bedroom upstairs.


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Face mask essential (not provided)


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Venue approved for civil marriage

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets



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      There is on street parking around the gardens, and the hall is well conncted by local bus routes, the closest being Woodgrange Drive and Southend East train station on the C2C line. 

      Southchurch Hall and Gardens


      Southchurch Hall Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2TE

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      Opening Times

      * Open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 5pm. Please check opening dates and times at
      Currently gift shop, refreshment area and toilets now closed due to COVID.
      NB: During term time, schools are given priority access to the museum in the mornings so it is advisable to phone in advance of your visit to check whether the museum will be open.

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