Attractions Near Bideford House

Old Leigh - 1 miles
Delightful old town full of history, with working trawlers and the "cockle sheds" selling fresh sea food. See pictures in our gallery.

Website: www.leigh-on-sea.com

Southend Campus - 0.3 miles
Located in the heart of South Essex, South Essex College of Further and Higher Education offers an extensive range of educational and skills training at its campuses located in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock. Courses are available for people of all ages and backgrounds; whether you are a school-leaver, an adult seeking new career opportunities, a stepping stone to university or a mature student returning to education - we offer academic and vocational courses from entry-level to full honours degrees.

Website: www.southessex.ac.uk

Adventure Island - 0.5 miles
Local fun fair see picture in our gallery.

Website: www.adventureisland.co.uk

Cliffs Pavillion - 0.25 miles
Cliffs Pavilion is a live theatre in Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, which seats 1,630 and offers an assortment of variety acts. Work began on the original Cliffs Pavilion during the 1930s. It was intended to be a 500 seat theatre incorporating the art deco style of the times. With the outbreak of World War II, however, the building work halted. The site remained boarded-up until 1959, when the original building was leveled. It was then moved to one side and slightly closer to the edge of the cliff to form the basis of the present Cliffs Pavilion, which opened in 1964

Website: www.theatresonline.com/theatres/south-end-on-sea-theatres/cliffs-pavilion/index.html

The Longest pier in the World - 0.5 miles
Ask anyone who's heard of Southend to name one thing associated with the town, and chances are, it'll be Southend's long pier.

At one and a third miles, Southend's most famous landmark is the world's longest pleasure pier. The original opening was back in 1830, and in 1890 the first electric trains started running the length of the pier.

Southend Pier's had more than its fair share of bad luck in recent years:
•1959 - On the 7th of October, fire destroyed land-end pavilion, which was subsequently replaced by a bowling alley some years later
• 1976 - Fire at the pier-head on the 29th July destroyed much of the end of the pier
•1986 - A tanker, the MV Kingsabbey, crashed into the pier on the 20th of June, creating a 70 foot gap
•1995 - On the 7th of June, another fire at the pier, this time at the land-end, destroyed the bowling alley
•2005 - Another fire at the pier-head, destroyed the station and pub on 9th October

The investigation into 2005's fire reveals a catalogue of errors, and with the cost of restoring the pier head, plus the costs of improved fire protection equipment, the future of our pier is unclear.

Website: www.sarfend.co.uk/southendpier.html

London Southend Airport - 3 miles
London Southend Airport is a long-established regional airport for South East Essex and is the Eastern Gateway to London. A new airport railway station providing fast and frequent train services direct to Stratford (for Docklands and Canary Wharf) and to central Londons Liverpool Street Station will soon provide its passengers with faster door-to-door times inbound to London than most other London airports - and at lower costs.

Website: www.southendairport.com