Southend Pier and Railway

The Southend Pier and Railway was the first pier railway in the country. It opened it the 1890’s and played a role through both of the world wars. It is a 3 feet narrow gauge railway, and it runs for 1.25 miles along the 1.34 miles length of Southend Pier.

The train service in the Southend Pier and Railway is provided by two diesel trains, although it was once electrified. Every train has a diesel-hydraulic locomotive at the southern end and five trailer coaches end. The train runs every half-hour but sometimes, a two train service is operated with a 15-minute interval.

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Its History

In the early 19th century, Southend was a holiday destination for a lot of Londoners because it was believed that spending time by the sea has health benefits. And so, guests would arrive by boats or by Thames steamer. At some point, this became a problem because boats can only dock during high tides. So, guests would opt to visit other nearby resorts. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Heygate led a campaign to build a pier to allow boats to land on Southend during high tides and low tides.

In 1830, the pier was built to employ a horse tramway. This pier was made with wood, and in 1890, it was reconstructed to an iron pier and was installed with an electric tramway that ran the full length by 1891. However, it was closed because it deteriorated in October 1978, and it reopened on May 2, 1986 with two new diesel trains.


For Accessibility, Southend Pier and Railway has Disabled Access, Disabled toilets, and wheelchairs.

For Booking and Payment Details, they accept credit card here.

Southend Pier and Railway also have on-site catering and on-site light refreshments.

They also have baby changing facilities, and children are very much welcome.

For their COVID-19 response, contactless payment is possible. They have COVID-19 measures in place and COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place. There is deep cleaning between visitors, and face mask is essential but not provided. Food is available during COVID-19 restrictions, and hand sanitizer is available to visitors and staff. Outside seating and queuing system are also available.

There is parking in Southend Pier and Railway but with charge.

Dogs are not allowed except for guide dogs, and they have a postbox and public toilets. Smoking is not allowed.


General Admission tickets are available for adults, kids, and for the whole family. If you are 17+, you are going to be paying for the Adult ticket for £5.20. Kids from ages 3 to 16 has the ticket price of £2.60. The ticket price for the whole family is £13.00.

Food and Drink

If you want something to eat while exploring Southend Pier and Railway, the places you can go are Salt Café, Tea with the Tide, Fish and Chips, The Beach Huts, and The Kiosk.

Get in Touch

To know more, you can visit their website at or call 01702 212534.

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