You can embrace Southend's tacky seaside soul, inhale Rossi's velvety ice cream, rock or candy floss before jumping on head-spinning...
Leigh Heritage Centre
Dip beneath the pier's entrance to explore an old 'toasts-rack' pier train and antique slot machines at the museum.
The guys at this fabulous Italian joint know their stuff: their professional pride won’t allow them to grill a fine piece of meat to...
Lonely Planet review
Other than mile upon mile of tawny imported-sand and shingle beaches, Southend's main attraction is the world's longest pier, built in 1830. At a staggering 1.33 miles long it's an impressive edifice and a magnet for boat crashes, storms and fires, the last of which ravaged its tip in 2005. The surprisingly peaceful stroll to its tip will help burn off those rock-candy calories, and a wheezy Pier Railway can save you the long slog back.