Southend Pier Museum
(Under the pier- Shore End)
If you walk along Southend-on-Sea’s High Street, towards the sea, your eye will be drawn in a straight line towards the longest pleasure Pier in the world. Standing for over a century it extends 2.158 metres (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, and is a well loved and recognised symbol of Southend and the pleasures of the English seaside. Sir John Betjeman once said, “The Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier” and it’s as true today as it was when it first welcomed visitors all those years ago.
To locate the Pier Museum entrance visitors should go into the station and walk to the right of the railway tracks. The Museum will bring back fond memories for some and will be a brand new experience for younger generations. Climb aboard an original 1949 train and remember days gone by. We have pictorial displays, working penny slot machines, an original Toastrack tram and much more. It’s fun, it’s a great way to learn and it’s out of the rain when we get a traditional English summer!
Open to the public from early May to late October each year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Adults & Children over 12: £1.00
Accompanied children under 12 free (does not apply to school and other groups)
Exhibits include many items of memorabilia such as an original restored working Pier signal box, a restored ex-Pier Toast Rack tram circa 1890 and train carriages circa 1949 and extensive informative pictorial displays featuring the Pier from 1830. We also have a small collection of working antique penny slot machines and much more.
Archives, Land Transport, Social History, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- History of Southend Pier
- Pier signal box
- Toast Rack tram circa 1890
- Train carriages circa 1949
- Antique penny slot machines