Canvey Island

Local History

Canvey Island is located on the Thames Estuary in South East Essex. The island has been permanently inhabited since Roman times. In 1622 the island was fully reclaimed from the marshes by a team of skilled Dutch workers. Canvey Island is the closest seaside town to London. The area has a rich history, much of it documented in the 4 museums found on the island.


There are many educational centres in the area ranging through nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form. For more information about the schools near a property that interests you, please click on the schools dropdown in the details page for that property.

Public Transport

The area has excellent public transport services. Benfleet train station is the closest rail service and is located just on the other side of the creek as you drive off the island. The time from Benfleet to Central London is approximately 45 minutes. There also is a wide network of bus routes that connect the island with nearby towns.


There is a good variety of local shops from larger supermarkets through to smaller independant stores and specialist boutiques. If you can't find what you are searching for in Benfleet then there is a large shopping centre complex if you take a 10 minute drive to nearby Basildon.


The area offers something for all the family with outdoor attractions offering woodland and nature walks, historic sites and nearby sandy beaches. Other local attractions include kids soft play, petting farm, seaside amusements, funfair, leisure centre, golf courses, cinema, bingo, snooker halls, fitness centres and a wide choice of pubs and restaurants.