If you walk along Southend-on-Sea 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, ďThe Pier is Southend, Southend is the PierĒ and itís as true today as it was when it first welcomed visitors all those years ago.
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. Itís fun, itís a great way to learn and itís out of the rain when we get a traditional English summer!
Southend Pier is a major landmark in Southend-on-Sea. Extending 2,158 m (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, it is the longest pleasure pier in the world. Sir John Betjeman once said that "the Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier".
The hands-on exhibits in the museum help to make learning fun and visitors may climb aboard one of the early pier trains which has been restored to its former glory and operate the levers in an early signal box. Children (of all ages!) can also enjoy looking at a distorted image of themselves in the funny mirror and play early slot machines with real old pennies.
The Pier Museum building is also of particular interest. It was originally the pier workshops providing maintenance facilities for engineers, carpenters, electricians, and blacksmiths. Over a period of time, the workshops became redundant and were used for storing Pier items and as a deposit for `junk`.
Determined volunteers, wishing to preserve the Pierís wonderful history for future generations to enjoy, have worked tirelessly to make a disused part of the Pier into something worth visiting. As long as the Museum survives, so too does part of this historic building.
We are located in the old Pier Workshops underneath the train station at the shore end of Southend Pier. To find the Pier Museum entrance visitors should go into the station and walk to the right of the railway tracks.