Southend-on-Sea is town and unitary authority borough in the East of England. It is a seaside resort in the south-eastern corner of the county of Essex. Southend is famous in the United Kingdom. Many tourists from Great Britain and other countries visit Southend. It has a famous pier which is one of the longest in the world. The pier was 2,158 meters (1.34 miles) long. It was so long that a railway line was built along it. The pier has been badly damaged by fires four times in fifty years, in 1959, 1976, 1993 and 2005. Nearby the pier there are Arcades and Adventure Island (theme park).