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Westcliff-on-Sea Area Guide

Crowstone, Westcliff-on-Sea. Image courtesy of Flickr user Sally Butcher

A suburb of Southend on Sea in the east of England, Westcliff-on-Sea lies on the north bank of the Thames Estuary and is just 34 miles from London. A quieter location than the neighbouring party town of Southend, it offers a more relaxed way of life whilst still being within easy reach of the hustle and bustle when required. The estuary is marked by extensive mud flats which are exposed at low tide when the water can retreat up to 600m from the beach.

With a more urban coastline than many of the seaside towns in the area, Westcliff-on-Sea is peppered with modern building developments and the once pebbled beaches have been transformed into sandy stretches since being covered with imported sand. During its history, the town has been a popular haunt for smugglers who would access the creeks between the mudflats to distribute illegal cargoes at local inns. Victorian and Art Deco architecture is enhanced by the esplanade on the sea front and the surrounding gardens. The Palace Theatre is an impressive landmark in the town and dates back to 1912.

Westcliff-on-Sea has seen significant investment over the last decade, particularly around the central Hamlet Court Road shopping area. The wider borough of Southend on Sea has also benefited from public and private investment that has enabled the redevelopment of retail areas, housing and improved transport links. The award winning Pier Hill scheme, which has a range of modern apartments and penthouses is just a 15 minute walk away from Westcliff-on-Sea.

Demographics

The total population for the borough of Southend on Sea is around 175,000.

67% of the borough's residents are considered to be economically active; with the most prominent employment sectors being financial intermediation, real estate, renting and property related businesses, as well as administrative and secretarial occupations.

The average property price in Westcliff-on-Sea is around £171,000.

Education

Nursery and primary school provision in the town includes The Westborough School, Prince Avenue Primary School and Barons Court Primary School.

There are seven main secondary schools serving the Westcliff-on-Sea area. Grammar schools including Southend High School for Boys, Southend High School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls are all considered to be of excellent quality and regularly appear in the Top 100 for GCSE and 'A' Level results in national league tables.

Private education is provided by St Hilda's School which offers independent day schooling for boys and girls aged three years to 11 years old, after which point its facilities are exclusively for girls up to 16 years of age.

Southend Adult Community College, the only beacon status local authority run college in the UK, delivers recreational, vocational and academic courses for students across the borough.

South Essex College's main campus is situated nearby, alongside Southend Central railway station and the High Street. The University of Essex is the nearest facility offering higher education courses.

Transport

Motorists can access the area via the A127 and A13, and Westcliff-on-Sea is well connected to the rest of the borough and to London by rail. The town's train station offers access to services running to London Fenchurch Street every 15 minutes during the day and more frequently at peak times as well as connecting services in to London Liverpool Street.

There are extensive pedestrian and cycle routes connecting the town to neighbouring areas in the borough. Air travel can be accessed at London Southend Airport.

Amenities and Shopping

Westcliff-on-Sea's main shopping area is the recently regenerated Hamlet Court Road which has now boasts many boutiques, antique shops, speciality stores and restaurants. Beecroft Gallery and the Westcliff Arts Trail offer points of interest for art and culture fans. Westcliff-on-Sea is home to the Thames Estuary Yacht Club and the Genting Casino, the largest provincial casino in the country and the second largest in Britain.

The town offers access to three theatres, namely the Cliffs Pavilion, The Palace Theatre and The New Empire Theatre in Southend on Sea, where a multiplex cinema, further leisure and fitness facilities and around 300 restaurants and dining outlets can also be found.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.