Southend - Jubilee Beach

Southend - Jubilee Beach - Essex
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Southend-on-Sea is an established seaside resort on the north side of the Thames estuary.  It offers a wide variety of entertainments and amusements, including a Sealife Centre, The Kursaal Theme Park, Adventure Island, and much more.
Southend’s 19th century pier is also the longest pleasure pier in the world.

The town offers a choice of beaches.  Jubilee Beach, also known as City Beach, is a relatively recent addition, having been developed after new sea defences were put in place.  It was opened in 2003.

The shingle beach here is backed by a promenade and is one of the town’s liveliest beaches.  It features a set of children’s splash fountains, and state-of-the-art lighting along the promenade, which also offers a number of beachside cafes.

At low tide a wide expanse of wet sand and mud is exposed.

In summer people come here to sunbathe, picnic, play and to bathe.  Arcades, the iconic pier, Adventure Island, and plenty of places to eat and shop are within easy walking distance.
At less busy times, fishermen can be seen here at high tide. 

Dogs are not permitted on Southend’s beaches from the start of May to the end of September.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on the beach between 01 May and 30 September.

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Childrens play area
  • Lost child centre
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Picnic area
  • Promenade
  • Pier

Nearest town

Southend on Sea



OS grid ref.

TQ 8916 8490


parking available for 2500. parking fee applies.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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