Chalkwell Beach, Southend-on-Sea

One of Southend’s beaches, Chalkwell Beach possesses the qualities of a classic British seaside territory. Chalkwell Beach’s quiet stretch of sand situated between the bright and busy commercial area of Southend and the quaint village of Old Leigh. Its lively promenade offers a number of cafés, fish and chip shops, ice cream shops, and kiosks selling beach essentials. The beach features sand, shallow waters, a seawater paddling pool where children can explore safely, cast crabbing nets, and find unusual shells to take home. There are lifeguards stationed at the beach during peak times to ensure everyone’s safety.

Tide Times

It is highly recommended that you check the tide times at Chalkwell Beach ahead of your visit. This is to avoid you finding the sea reaching the walls in places at high tide or having to walk a long way for a swim at low tide. You can check the tide times here.
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Food and Drink


Saltwater Beach Cafe

is located at 111 Chalkwell Esplanade, SS0 8JH. The cafe is the closest to Chalkwell Station, and can be found across the street from the beach promenade. Visitors describe the cafe as having a very calm atmosphere and having pleasant staff. Some of the food items you can enjoy at Saltwater Beach Cafe include raspberry and almond flapjacks, and some options for vegan diners. The cafe also has resident robins!


is a restaurant located at The Beachfront, 55 Chalkwell Esplanade, SS0 8JH. It is neighbors with Tides at Chalkwell. Surf offers fish and chips, takeaways coffees & tea, cold drinks, snacks, and other proper meals to help refuel you during your day at Chalkwell Beach.

Tides of Chalkwell

is a cafe located at The Beachfront, 47 Chalkwell Esplanade, SS0 8JH, Southend-on-Sea. They offer everything from coffee, tea, sandwiches, cakes, ice lollies, cold drinks, and even children’s swimming costumes.


The Crownstone

is a large granite obelisk that can be seen just off the beach. It is partially submerged when the tide isin. The stone was was placed in the beach early in the 19th century. There was an earlier stone placed before it, however it is long gone. That earlier stone would have served as the marker of the City of London’s jurisdiction over the River Thames. It is believed that the some kind of marker has stood in the area since the 12th century.


If you are driving to Chalkwell Beach, you will find a paid, on-street parking available in Chalkwell Esplanade that runs along the length of the beach.

How to get to Chalkwell Beach

Apart from driving to Chalkwell, you can also visit the beach by taking the train. Simply take the train from London Fenchurch Street that goes directly to Chalkwell Station and continues bound for Shoeburyness. The journey from London is approximately 46 minutes. C2C has approximately 5 trains plying the line per hour on weekdays. Tickets bought online more than three days in advance are £10.95 from London. Kids go for £2 on weekends and over school holidays. Chalkwell Beach is a few minutes’ walk away from the station.

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