Leigh Library and Gardens

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The Library has good accessibility to all public areas.  Gentle ramp gives access from public pavement into the library.  Their is a lift that gives access to first floor of the library.  Alternatively access to first floor is via 13 steps (including winders), a 180 degree landing and a further 7 steps.  Children's library is on the first floor.


There is level access from Broadway West public pavement into the Gardens (alongside children's play area).  There is also level access from Church Hill on the east side and immediately at top of steps to Church Hill but this is a narrower entrance.  There is a second entrance from Church Hill at its junction with Broadway West but this is via a single brick step.  All these entrances give access to the upper level of the gardens.

Access to the lower level of the gardens from the upper level is via a total of 20 steps making it difficult for those who find steps challenging.  Access to the lower garden area is also available from Leigh Park Road on the south side but this is also via a total of 16 steps.

Brief description:

Public Library in Leigh-on-Sea with large public garden on two levels.


Leigh Library, Broadway West, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 2DA




01702 475 929




From A13 travelling east from London towards Southend turn south (right turn) at traffic lights with Cranleigh Drive (Waitrose supermarket is on left hand side immediately before the junction); it is signposted to Leigh Town Centre on the A13.  Follow road and it takes you round a bend and into Elm Road.  Follow Elm Road up the hill as far as you can go (passing Leigh Community Centre and Leigh Police station on the right side).  When you reach the end where you have to turn by St. Clement's Church turn west (right turn) into Broadway West (one way) and the Library is on the south (left).

Several car parks (paid) around Leigh-on-Sea and signposted.  On-street parking is available but it does get busy; parking on nearby streets is limited so please check local parking restrictions.

SO TQ 840859

Opening Times:


Monday, Friday and Saturday:   9am - 5pm

Tuesday & Thursday:                9am - 7pm

Wednesday:                              9am - 1pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:       Closed

Library Gardens:

Monday - Thu:    8am - 4pm
Friday:  9am - 5pm
Saturday- Sunday:  8am - 4pm


For more travel information go to http://www.traveline.info/ or call 0871 200 22 33.

Nearest train station is Leigh-on-Sea on the C2C train line running from London Fenchurch Street to Southend/Shoeburyness.  From the station it is an approximate 15-20 minute walk up Belton Way, along Rectory Grove and into Broadway West.  The number 26 bus runs every 30 minutes from the train station into Leigh-on-Sea, closest bus stop is 3/4 minute walk away.

First Essex number 21 bus travels into the Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea and nearest bus stop approximately 5/6 minute walk away.

Bus routes as at July 2019


Located at western end of Leigh's main shopping area so lots of shops, restaurants and bars close by. Truleigh Scrumptious Cafe (including food/snacks menus) in Leigh-on-Sea main shopping area is located opposite Leigh Library and Gardens

The Library provides -

  • A lift with full access to the first floor
  • Hearing Loop
  • Photocopying
  • Faxing Services
  • Computer Access
  • Wi-fi
  • Toilet (suitable for ambulant disabled person and access via key held by staff)
  • Bicycle stand

The Gardens provide - 

  • A sensory garden
  • Children's play areas
  • Seating
  • Bicycle stands
  • Views across Thames Estuary