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Address: Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EJ, England
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+44 1702 618747

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Contemporary Beach

City Beach is in the center of the Southend-on-Sea seafront and easily accessible. You can enjoy a contemporary landscape completed with a refreshing children's fun fountain... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2017
Rubaiyat E S
London, United Kingdom
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Essex, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The beach front, although not much of an actual beach, is lovely to come and visit and either walk along or just sit and admire. There are plenty of other things to see and do in the vicinity, such as the Sea Life Adventure, Adventure Island, Southend Pier and Museum and the countless amusements. Worth a visit for family, solo,... More 

Thank Brad P
Essex, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Awful beach I wouldn't take children there the place is filthy and I certainly wouldn't go in the water

Thank JYar-1
London, United Kingdom
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310 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

City Beach is in the center of the Southend-on-Sea seafront and easily accessible. You can enjoy a contemporary landscape completed with a refreshing children's fun fountain. There's a loads of great things to see and do on City Beach beside enjoying the beauty of sea like Children Fun areas, Adventure Island, The Pier, Local Arcades, Shops and Places to eat... More 

1 Thank Rubaiyat E S
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 November 2016

The beach is advertised as sandy but in reality it is shingle some looks like it came from a builders yard which is a shame because that actually used to be sand there. The only bit of sand is by the three shells and they have a shower there. But it is only a tiny place not adequate for the... More 

Thank fredselma
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Small pebble beach which was pretty busy the couple of times we walked down that way. Great place to sit and eat fish and chips and watch the ships sail past. Signs were up that no dogs were allowed on the beach at that time of the year. Plenty of ice cream shops nearby too.

Thank donna814
Greater London, United Kingdom
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500 reviews
321 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

A small beach that mostly pebbled with some sand; unless one plans to go to Adventure Island or visit the evening entertainment on Marine Parade, it is not worth making a long trip to visit (e.g. from London) but a decent option for those local to the area.

Thank RWandSW
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Drove down from london, first visit to this side of the country. The beach is easily accessible thats true, the marine parade parking is bang in front. Its a shingle beach and the water was very dirty. The place was extremely busy too. If you live nearby, okay place to go spend an hour or so or go for a... More 

Thank raavani
Newbury, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Any town with a beach is just like this. Takeaways everywhere, slot machines, grab a teddy bear machine, fruit machines. The beach is clean but sort of sandy yet full off small stones.

Thank lotsoflove5
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Since its refurbishment city beach is a much more attractive place to visit. Although the attractions along city beach haven't changed, it feels a lot more visitor friendly, with added water fountains and multi coloured lights, children love it. It's a thriving busy part of a seaside town

Thank Trevor P
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514 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

The actual promenade walk adjacent to the sea is nice for a stroll, but the shops along there are the usual tacky arcades & take-aways. The beach itself isn't sand, but rough bits of shell/debris & rocks, along with washed up sanitary products!!! Being tidal, for 12hrs of the day its empty mud flats which are pretty ugly. Better to... More 

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