All together now: "oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea...." Southend on Sea on the Essex coastline is a quintessential British seaside town with all the trimmings you'd expect, plus the Longest Pier in the World at a whopping 2.14km. It has an incredible seven miles of beautiful sandy beaches (including three blue flag beaches and seven quality coast awards), so it is no surprise that the majority of Southend's activity is focussed on the sand and seafront. For thrill-seekers, Adventure Island theme park at the north end of the pier is worth a visit and for those who want to relax, the town has plenty of lovely manicured parks and and the Cliff Lift, one of only few of Britains surviving funicular railways.
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