Car hire in Southend
Car hire in Southend
Southend is a popular seaside resort in Essex, traditionally a place where Londoners would travel at weekends and still a place of fun and entertainment, but it is also a good base from which to explore the county, with its marshy coastal wildlife habitats and the landscapes made famous by painter John Constable.
What I need to know
There are several Southend car hire firms spread around the town, from the centre to the seafront and also around the fringes. We can compare prices on all the car hire services in Southend to ensure you get the best deal, with free cancellation and no credit card fees.
Where to pick up my car
Southend's car hire firms are located in several areas, but the majority are in or at least near the centre. For those who want to pick up a car from an airport rental firm, the place to go is the terminal at London Stansted Airport (STN).
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Where to go
Southend's seafront is a classic British institution, with a number of popular attractions. These include Southend Sea Life for those who love aquatic creatures, the great rides of Adventure Island and of course the famous pier, which stretches more than a mile out into the Thames estuary and features its own train.
Southend is close to a number of other Essex seaside towns, such as the popular resort of Canvey Island, just over half an hour's drive to the west. Chelmsford is around 40 minutes away, with the former county town boasting an impressive medieval cathedral and hosting county cricket matches in the summer.
Central London is around an hour and 20 minutes away by car, while those touring East Anglia can enjoy some smaller, but historic towns and cities. Norwich is a couple of hours away, while Colchester with its Norman castle and Roman walls is under an hour away.
Eating and drinking
Southend is a quintessential English seaside resort, so there is nothing more traditional than fish and chips, topped with lots of salt and vinegar. There are plenty of good beers to be enjoyed, as Essex and neighbouring Kent have lots of hop farms, making them a centre of the brewing industry.
Things to do
Southend is ideal for a traditional day on the beach, enjoying the pier amusements or visiting Adventure Island. Sports fans can also watch professional football at Southend United's Roots Gall ground and county cricket in the summer, while mountain bikers can take on the Hadleigh Park course used in the London 2012 Olympics.
Birdwatchers can visit the Two Tree Island nature reserve, visit the historic Prittlewell Priory and its gardens, or explore the ruins of Hadleigh Castle, which was built in the 1200s. Those venturing towards Colchester and the border with Suffolk can enjoy the countryside made famous in Constable's paintings.
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