Hall and Gardens
1st March to 31st October:
Bank Holidays: 11-4
1st November - 29th February:
Please note: Southchurch Hall will be closed 5th November, and open 12-3 only on the 4th November
Bank Holidays: 11-3
Please note, we do not allow buggies, pushchairs, scooters or bikes into the building.
Southchurch Hall is Grade I Listed Medieval moated house located in the Southchurch district of Southend-on-Sea.
The Hall was home to farming families until the 1920s. In 1930 it was extensively restored and presented to the town of Southend by the Dowsett Family. The Hall has been listed in Jenkins' top 1000 houses in England.
The current hall was built c.1321 – 1364, and has a Tudor and a 1930s extension. The Great Hall is still presented in its 14th Century form. At this time, the Great Hall would have had a central fireplace and original smoke-blackened timbers can still be seen in the roof (although much of the roof was replaced in the 1930s restoration). At the end of the Great Hall is the cross-wing, housing the North and South Solars. These rooms reflect changing fashions for more intimate rooms; the South Solar is a late 16th or early 17th Century extension.
The hall probably stands on the site of a much earlier Saxon hall. The land on which it stands was given to the monks of Canterbury in 823AD and the tenants of the hall subsequently inherited the family name "de Southchurch". This custom survived until the death of Peter de Southchurch in 1309.
Getting Here by TrainTwo 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 Prittlewell Priory is Prittlewell Station on the Greater Anglia line. Those arriving on Southend bound trains should exit the station and turn right onto East Street, those arriving on London bound trains will need to with the station via station approach leading on to East Street. Continue on until you reach the traffic lights and turn right onto Victoria Avenue, after a short downhill walk you will reach a set of traffic lights where Priory Crescent meets Victoria Avenue. Cross Priory Crescent and enter Priory Park.
Getting Here by BusThe nearest bus stops to Priory park are located on Victoria Avenue and Fairfax drive close the Main Entrances.
Getting Here by CarThe A127 and A13 link Southend to the M25. From the north Southend is accessible via the A1, M11, M25 (Junction 29 - 20 miles) & A127. From the south, Southend is reached via the M25 (Junction 30 - 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel & A13. Parking at Priory Park is free and disabled parking is available
Southchurch Hall Gardens
Telephone: 01702 467671
Gift Shop and Refreshments
Refreshments are available in the exhibition room at the Hall. Visitors can enjoy a freshly ground Fairtrade coffee, premium hot chocolate and speciality teas - from our self-service drinks machine. A range of biscuits are also available.
The souvenir gift shop stocks a small range of gifts and toys.
Southchurch Hall Accessibility
There is very restricted access throughout Southchurch Hall.
The Ground Floor Main Hall, Kitchen, and Solar Rooms are accessible via the rear entrance. There is no bell on the rear entrance - to access please send a companion to the front entrance to request assistance or call 01702 467671.
The front entrance - leading to the refreshment and shop area and toilets - has one step and no ramp. There is no disabled toilet facility.
There is no dedicated parking for the Hall, but there is free street parking along Park Lane. It is recommended that you enter the Gardens via the Southchurch Hall Close entrance (off Park Lane) and cross the footbridge to reach the Hall's rear entrance.