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Visit a Southend Pier.

 Micro Guide.

If you wish to visit any of the piers in Southend (or former sites!) than this micro guide might help.

Once on the Seafront all the sites can be accessed via Eastern Esplanade, to walk from Southend Pier to The Boom at Shoebury East Beach is about 5miles. Remember if you use the C2C line you can always get on the train at Shoebury to save the walk back!

By Train:

C2C Line: Getting off at Southend Central come out the station and enter the High Street turn right and head down the High Street towards the seafront, you will soon see Southend Pier. 

National Express East Anglia: Get off the train at Southend Victoria leave the station via the exit opposite the ticket barrier you will emerge on to the Victoria Gateway, be careful here as its a shared space with busses, taxis and pedestrians there is a crossing directly opposite you crossing Queensway.  Once across the road walk stright down the High Street at the bottom you will emerge on to Pier Hill and Southend Pier.

 

By Car.


Via A13 (London Road): leave via Chalkwell Avenue head all the way down to Western Esplanade this will take you directly to Southend Pier as well as car parking along Western Esplanade there is also a large car park (Seaway car park) behind the arcades head under the pier on to Eastern Esplanade and turn into Hartington Road, take the first left and the entrance to the car park is just to the right. 

 
Via A130 (London Road): Stay on the A13 upon reaching the roundabout at Queensway/London Road take the second exit on to Queensway follow this road through the traffic lights at Victoria Avenue. Stay on this road and go through the underpass, until you reach the roundabout take the second exit on to Chancellor Road here you will find the entrance to the Seaway Car Park. The seafront is accessed by leaving the car park via the bottom entrance.


Via A127 (Southend Arterial Road): Upon reaching the traffic lights at Victoria Avenue/London Road junction turn left on to Queensway. Stay on this road and go through the underpass, until you reach the roundabout take the second exit on to Chancellor Road here you will find the entrance to the Seaway Car Park. The seafront is accessed by leaving the car park via the bottom entrance.


Via Eastern Esplanade: You can drive the entire length of the seafront from Southend Pier to Shoebury East Beach, via Eastern Esplanade & Thorpe Esplanade Shoebury Common Road Ness Road, Campfield Road, Smith Street, George Road this takes you to East beach Car park.

 

 

Southend Piers Map

 

1. Southend Pier.

Southend Pier is fully open to the public, and is eay to find at the bottom of Pier Hill.  The pier is 1.33 miles long and offers superb views accross the Thames Estuary and is a haven for Sea Birds, there is a small cafe at the end of the pier along with a very well stocked RNLI shop that over looks the lifeboat house, within the RNLI shop is the Sarfend Visitors Book.

Opening Times & Admission Charges: (correct at time)

Spring - 18th April - 22nd May
Monday - Friday  08:15 - 18:00 (last admission is 17:00)
Saturday & Sunday 08:15 - 20:00 (last admission is 19:00)  

Summer - 23rd May - 11th September
08:15 - 20:00 (last admission is 19:00)
08:15 - 20:00 (last admission is 19:00)

Autumn - 12th September - 30th October
08:15 - 18:00 (last admission is 17:00)
08:15 - 20:00 (last admission is 19:00) 


Winter - 31st October onwards
09:15 - 17:00 (last admission is 16:00) 
09:15 - 17:00 (last admission is 16:00) 

Admission (2011/2012)

Pier Train: Adult £3.60; Child/OAP £1.80; Family £9.30; Advantage Card discount Cat A&B 10% and Cat C&D 50%.
Pier Walk & Ride: Adult £3.10; Child/OAP £1.80; Family £8.00; Advantage Card discount Cat A&B 10% and Cat C&D 50%.
Pier Fishing: Adult £4.60; Child/OAP £3.50 
Winter Walk: Adult/Child/OAP £1.00 (1st October until 31st March) 

 

 

2. Corporation Loading Pier.

The pier was demolished in 2007 after decades of dereliction, all that remains today is a small section of concrete deck that lays behind the two large steel doors that mark the entrance to the old pier.

  

  
3. Gas Works Pier.

The pier was built in 1882 and operated until the closure of the gas works site 1968 this saw the rapid demolition of the pier. Today nothing of the pier remains however if you look over the other side of Eastern Esplanade you will see a red brick curved wall, this is all that remains of the gas works site.  The wall hides a secret a WW2 pill box!

 

 
4. Barge Pier.

Barge Pier or Garrison Pier is located within what is known as "The Old Ranges" a area of land that was operated by the MoD for over 100 years until the site was closed and sold off for housing.  The pier is located just after Thorpe Bay corner beyond the Coastguard Building.  There is a waterfont path that winds along the top of the beach giving impresive views of the other military gun emplacemts that are still on the site.

PLEASE NOTE:
Barge Pier is in a state of dereliction and it is strictly forbidden to venture out on to it.
 

 

5. Second World War Boom.

The Boom whilst not officially a Pier it is included for historical intrest, built in 1939/40, it was Six miles long and stretched from Shoeburyness on the South coast of Essex to the deepwater channels the same was done from the Kent coast at Minster these two piers ran out to the sandbanks a couple of miles off shore, at this point a complex system of gates was laid out to permit allied shipping to enter and leave the busy Thames Estuary and upper Thames.Today nothing remains on the Essex side, whilst a few of the wooden piles remain on the Kent coast.

  

 

6. Cold War Boom.

The Cold War Deffence Boom was built in 1944 to replace the aging wooden WW2 wooden Boom (why is it a Cold War Boom from 1944?) The wooden Boom (see above) was quickly demolished however the Kent coast never gained the beefed up boom, today it remains as a decaying symbol to an era of great fear.  The "pier" can be found at the far end of Shoebury East Beach just before the restricted QnetiQ site.  Strangely the Boom is still coverd by the Official Secrets Act!

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