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Hotels in Leigh On Sea

Set in the area of Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea hotels are located in the midst of bright arcades, cosy cafés and waterfront nightclubs on the northern bank of the River Thames estuary.

History

The history of Leigh-on-Sea stretches back as far as the Saxon period, and from the medieval period all the way to the 20th century, the town was a prosperous market centre. Today, the town is part of the larger area of Southend-on-Sea. St Clement's Church is one of the oldest buildings in the town, dating back to the 15th century and featuring a stunning red brick Tudor porch. Another good history spot is the Leigh-on-Sea Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the area's connection to the Mayflower and the evacuation of Dunkirk's beaches.

Beaches

Featuring seven miles of sandy seafront, Southend-on-Sea is a popular destination for sun-worshipers. Leigh-on-Sea is in an excellent position for visiting some of the area's best beaches, including Three Shells Beach close to the main pier, the popular Jubilee Beach or the quieter Chalkwell Beach – ideal for refreshing strolls beside the sea.

Entertainment

The longest pleasure pier in the world, Southend Pier, is nearby. Stretching over two kilometres, the pier has its own rail service that takes travellers from one end to the other. Whether you plan on fishing on the pier or taking in the view at the contemporary Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier is an impressive structure to behold.

A great destination if you're travelling with family, Adventure Island boasts over 60 different rides and attractions. From the loops and drops of the Rage rollercoaster to the terrifying Over the Hill ghost train, the award-winning fun park has plenty of varfiety for thrill seekers of all ages.

For late-night fun, head to one of the area's many comedy and live music clubs. There are also a number of popular nightclubs, casinos and bars – making sure you have plenty of ways to spend the night if you're travelling with friends.

Further afield

Within easy driving distance of Leigh-on-Sea is Hadleigh Country Park – a picturesque place to explore if you're looking for some fresh air or want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the seafront. Driving north will take you to the town of Chelmsford while a journey west will soon see you nearing London – packed to burst with cultural and historical points of interest.

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