Please note Southend Planetarium will remain closed until further notice.
Southend Planetarium offers visitors a unique experience with changing talks throughout the year, exploring the night sky.
All our presentations are given live, giving you plenty of opportunities to question our knowledgeable lecturers. Each show can seat around 20 people.
Pre-booked groups are welcomed from Tuesdays to Saturdays. We recommend contacting us to confirm seat availability and current programme.
The Planetarium is situated on the first floor within Central Museum. We regret that currently there is no disabled access to this floor.
Telephone: 01702 212345
Getting Here by Car
We are located on the A127 just off the main junction between the A127 and A13. The Museum and Planetarium is brown signed off both roads.
Closest parking is at the Beecroft Art Gallery (previously Southend Library) car park just off Great Eastern Avenue (off of Victoria Avenue).
It is pay and display.
Alternative car parking is available at The Victoria Shopping Centre (SS2 5SP) just off the A127 and A13 junction.
Getting Here by Train
Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend - Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (C2C line) and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia). The journey time on both lines is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The closest station to Central Museum is Southend Victoria on the Greater Anglia line.
Getting Here by Bus
There is a bus hub just outside the Southend Victoria train station.
Saturday: Temporarily closed
Tues-Sat: Temporarily closed
Family Ticket: £18.00
(2 adults & up to 3 children)
NB - Children under 5 not admitted to Planetarium
Gift Shop and Refreshments
Discover unique gifts, toys and stationery in our museum Gift Shop.
There are currently no refreshment facilities inside the museum.
As the museum currently doesn't have a lift, the first floor (and therefore the Planetarium and toilets) are inaccessible.
Disabled toilets are available next door in the Beecroft Art Gallery.
Limited disabled parking is available to the rear of the building. Access is through the Beecroft staff car park, which is located to the left of the entrance to the multi-story car park.