We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chalkwell Beach

Chalkwell Esplanade | Chalkwell, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8JQ, England
Review Highlights
A paddle and sand castles

We found parking on the Ridgeway a short distance from Chalkwell railway station and the footbridge... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Tim G
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Unfriendly for dogs

Had our 14 week old puppy with us for a family day out, we our responsible dog owners with a very... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
via mobile
Read all 93 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“closest beach” (3 reviews)
“cinder path” (3 reviews)
“deck chairs” (4 reviews)
Chalkwell Esplanade | Chalkwell, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8JQ, England
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (93)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 92 reviews

Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We found parking on the Ridgeway a short distance from Chalkwell railway station and the footbridge over the railway. According to the tide table we had just missed high tide, which meant that we didn't need to worry about settling down and then getting swamped....More

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Had our 14 week old puppy with us for a family day out, we our responsible dog owners with a very well behaved puppy that is kept on his lead. Walked onto the Beech and was approached by a Southend-On-Sea Council Worker who threatened us...More

Thank ChristopherBenn
Reviewed 9 August 2017

clean ,paddling pool beach ideal for kids not many facilities though midway leigh and southend nice promensde walk to southend and leigh and westckuff

Thank christine c
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Calling this a beach is quite a stretch, and to call the muddy estuary of the Thames the sea, is also a bit delusional, but it is fun for a quick escape from London, and there is a refreshingly ozone tang in the air. Kids...More

Thank judysam2016
Reviewed 17 July 2017

So lovely being able to drop off the train into a great sea side adventure. Super paddling pool for the kids, good loos and cafe. We took the overground train to Barking and then the C2C service to Chalkwell. Lovely clean air conditioned spacious carriages...More

3  Thank JoAnneRLondon
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Having read the reviews I was a bit dubious. Just wanted to get out of London during the heatwave. Train was £12 return from Fenchurch Street and took about an hour. We didn't really want the crowds of Southend so opted for this beach. It...More

Thank 113debbie
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Lovely beaches and there are some parts where wood has been put down for wheelchair users. Note that dogs are not allowed from 1st May to 30 September so be warned. I like chilling out here and part of it has paths not close to...More

1  Thank Deafdoggy
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Good area to walk, nice and peaceful but a little further than I expected from Southend Pier. But I will know for next time. Choose a nice day, stop for tea at one of the cafes and get an ice cream if the weather is...More

Thank RogerToad
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Spent a lot of my childhood here either walking down from Old Leigh Hill and along the cinder path. 👧🏻👩🏻 To cycling on my bike or indeed sometimes getting th open top deck bus on a beautiful summers day ☀️🚲🌤 Remember fondly the summer of...More

Thank karendelicata63
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Took some of our grandchildren for a walk along chalkwell beach . The beach has been improved over the years plenty of golden sand for the kids to play on .the beach is well used at weekends and Hollidays with children and parents enjoying the...More

Thank Jimpendrigh
Nearby Restaurants
459 reviews
1.00 km away
Toulouse Restaurant
891 reviews
.48 km away
Akdeniz Turkish Restaurant
174 reviews
1.00 km away
Waters Edge Cafe
108 reviews
1.00 km away
Nearby Attractions
Chalkwell Park
101 reviews
1.01 km away
Westcliff Beach
75 reviews
1.17 km away
Argosy Toys
19 reviews
1.15 km away
Westcliff Library
18 reviews
1.09 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
25 April 2015|
Response from Brookman |
Its 5 mins walk from the station (come out and turn right and there's a wheelchair accessible ramp immediately on your right). The station platform itself though isn't as far as I'm aware wheelchair accessible up to street... More