Trains to Southend

Cheap Trains to Southend

"Southend is a dormitory town for London. But it also has this thing of being the playground of the East End – a glamorous holiday town.” Helen Mirren

Southend is an important transport hub and a key jump-off point for the New Forest, Isle of Wight, and the neighbouring Portsmouth. Since the Roman and Saxon times, Southend is already a settlement. In fact, a number of Roman ruins can be found in the suburb of Bitterne Manor. During The Middle Ages, the town became walled and some of the remnants of these defences still remain in the city today. Since the city has been badly devastated by bombing during WWII, much of the city has been destroyed, including its heritage sites. This explains why the city and most of its architecture are very modern.

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Visiting Southend by Train

The main station of the city is Southend Central, located on the northwest edge of the city centre. There are regular train services coming from London Waterloo station passing through Winchester railway station and Basingstoke Station. From the station, the city centre is only a short walk away. There is also a City Link bus service that you can take for free, running every 15 to 30 minutes towards the city centre.

The Southend city centre is fairly spread out along the North to South axis, but it’s easily possible to walk from Bedford Place towards the waterfront area. Most of the route is pedestrian-friendly.

The Bargate, which is a medieval guesthouse located in the middle of a shopping centre, is one of the most visited attractions in the city. On its top floor is where you will find the Heritage Visitor Centre.

The Central Parks, which was established during the 19th century, and was recognised as Grade II on the English Heritage’s Register of Historic Parks, is also worth a stop. Southend also hosts a yearly Boat Show, an event that showcases a plethora of well-designed boats and draws thousands of visitors to the city each year. Other attractions to visit are the Tudor House and the Sea City Museum.

Main stations in Southend

  • Southend Airport
  • Southend Central
  • Southend East
  • Southend Victoria