If you would like to spend a day of your vacation at a theme park, Adventure Island, with over 30 rides, ranging from large roller coasters to gentle rides for the little tots, is an excellent choice.
This popular attraction is located in the town of Southend-on-Sea which as its name implies is located right on the water's edge. By train, it is plus or minus one hour east of London, not including the trip to West Ham Station on the Underground. From the train station at Southend-on-Sea it is just a 10 minute walk to the park. This makes it close enough for an easy day trip with plenty of time to enjoy once you get there. The train ride through the suburbs and the English countryside will be part of the fun. Adventure Island is not literally an island but, it does project out into the sea.
Entry to the park is free, which is advantageous if you just want to let the kids ride while you watch. Ride tickets are sold individually or you can purchase a wristband that lets you ride all day, which is probably the better deal.
Previously named Peter Pan's Playground and then Peter Pan's Adventure Island the Peter Pan's portion of the name was later dropped after the park doubled in size and introduced many new rides.
The park, which is still adding new attractions, currently features four roller coasters along with a generous compliment of other rides for a total of 40 rides and attractions. There are 13 gentle rides suitable for young children less than one metre tall, however, they must be accompanied by a person 14 years old or older who get to accompany them on the ride for free. Be sure to checkout the video of a ride on the Rage Coaster near the bottom of this page.
Adventure Island is open daily during the summer months with limited openings during the balance of the year. While the park opens at 11am on the days it is open, closing hours vary by day and season. Be sure to confirm the parks hours by visiting the official site link below, before making your trip there.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Address: Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, UK
Phone: 01702 443400
Official Website: Adventure IslandMap of nearby accommodations:
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How to get to Adventure Island by Tube
Take the Tube to Westham station using any of the above lines. Purchase a National Rail Ticket for the c2c Line to Southend Central Rail Station. Go to the platform indicated on your ticket. The travel time from Westham station takes anywhere from 45 minutes to just over an hour depending on the departure time.
When you arrive at Southend Central Rail Station exit to your right onto Clifftown Road and follow it to High Street which is actually a pedestrian only corridor, and go right. Walk down the High Street walkway and then go left at Pier Hill. Watch for the terrace on your right that crosses the road below and take it to the enclosed stairwell. The entrance to Adventure Island is close to the foot of the stairs. This is about a 10 minute walk.
Use the National Rail Journey Planner to get details and departure times for you trip.
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Ratedout of 5
Grandchildren loved all the rides. As grandparents we love the free entry so we don't have to pay for rides we don't use. Staff were very enthusiastic especially on cold day.
Alan Clay - 6 hours ago
We did the inside adventure bought annual passes and had the best day. Wow what lovely staff as well, really helpful, so friendly nothing too much trouble and I felt my girls (daughter and niece) were so safe through out. Well done! A special shout out to Shannon!
yvonne pennycook - 3 days ago
My kids have annual pass and definitely get the use out of them. The staff are so friendly and amazing with the children playing games in the soft play. The kids really do have a great time.
Zara Weems - 10 days ago
Everyone in Essex still affectionately call this place Peter Pans. One of the better seaside resorts with plenty of rides, restaurants and security staff. Can be very busy in summer months as to be expected anywhere but doesn’t detract from its charm. A great place for children.
Alan Conran - 21 days ago
Really good for young children on a cold day such as today. The soft play was fun and had lots to do, the rides available were also fun and great for little ones. The only thing I'd say is that the toilets are quite far to go and the baby changing facilities are not that great. There was one mat in the women's toilets (not sure about the men's) and that was it. Otherwise we had a fun day and would recommend it.
Kim Blake - 1 month ago