In the 19th century, Southend's status of a seaside resort grew after a visit from Princess Caroline of Brunswick, and Southend Pier was constructed.From the 1960s onwards, the town declined as a holiday destination, Southend redeveloped itself as the home of the Access credit card, due to it having one of the UK's first electronic telephone exchanges.The Southend Marin Activities can help you get out on the water instead of in it.Here you can take lessons on how to drive a power boat, windsurfing, sailing and jetskiing.The show has not been held since 2012 due to a lack of sponsorship and funding cuts.
The Planetarium is also another great museum to visit while in Southend on Sea.In the 1790s landowner Daniel Scratton sold off land either side of what was to become the High Street, and the Grand Hotel (now Royal Hotel) and Grove Terrace (now Royal Terrace) were completed by 1794, and stagecoaches from London made it accessible.Due to the bad transportation links between Southend and London, there was not rapid development during the Georgian Era like Brighton.After you've spent days playing in the sun and surf it might be time to head inside for a little while. Interested in the history and wildlife of Southend on Sea then visit the Central Museum.Housed in what used to be the library, it now displays archeological finds as well as conservation and cataloging of these interesting features.There are also other activities for children nine and up.Unfortunately you are expected to know how to swim prior to registering for any activities at the center and children under the age of nine are not allowed to participate. Stretching 1.34 miles into the sea the large pier is home to several arcades and the wildly popular Adventure Island.Southend-on-Sea is a popular seaside resort that is located on the Thames Gateway. Thanks to the award winning beaches for visitors to tour, there are many sandy spots for you to worship the sun to all you want.Home to the world's longest pier there are many tourist opportunities and has been since the Georgian era. Over seven miles of sand is separated into eight distinct beaches.If you just want to see some wonderful views then hop on the tram that runs the length of the pier, or you can walk, and head out into the sea to get a view of the picturesque sites.The sea front is also home to the popular Sea-life aquarium.