GravesendCopyright Robin Lucas


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Tel code: 01474 | code search
Postcode: DA12 | code search
Population: 52000
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Birthplace of:
Edwin Arnold Derek Barton Thom Gunn Katherine Hamnett John MacGregor Gemma Arterton
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Cultural Britain:
Dickens and Kent
Folk Customs:
Admiralty of the Medway
Biddenden Dole
Blessing the Sea and Diving for the Cross
Canterburys Hop Hoodening
Rochester Sweeps' Festival
St Bartholomew's Day Bun Race
The Offham Quintain

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Man Of Kent
"i visit the pub on most days its a friendly cosey places to be children are welcome and the staff and landlord are very cheerful fun and happy i would ..." More

Windmill Tavern
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Lamorna Surgery
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The River Thames has long been an important feature in Gravesend life and may well have been the deciding factor for the first settlement here. One of the town's first distinctions was in being given the sole right to transport passengers to and from London by water in the late 14th century. The first steamboat plied its trade between Gravesend and London in the early 19th century, bringing with it a steadily increasing number of visitors to The Terrace Pier Gardens, Windmill Hill, Springhead Gardens and Rosherville Gardens. Gravesend soon became one of the first English resort towns and thrived from an early tourist trade. The river still plays a vital part in the life of the community today, providing an important link for industry and jobs to the benefit of many people. The cross-river passenger ferry to Tilbury provides a long-established route to and from the neighbouring County of Essex.

Gravesend received its first charter in 1268 and a Borough market was established which still thrives today. The market is now held six days a week, in a covered building that was purpose-built early in the 18th century. There is also a bustling, traditional open-air market held each Saturday in the car park area adjacent to the covered market.

Unfortunately, due to a series of fires in the town centre during the 18th and 19th centuries, many of Gravesend's oldest buildings were destroyed, however, there is still a wealth of fine buildings that survived. Gravesend grew rapidly during the reign of Queen Victoria, when businesses capitalised on a lucrative tourist boom in the town.

That tradition continues today as Gravesend boasts two shopping centres and big-name stores which complement a host of independent specialist shops together with a wealth of traditional English pubs and restaurants, all offering value for money. Evidence of its continued expansion is found in the building of new houses, shops and office blocks. Population 56,000


Harrison Bernstein Ltd
Neville Carpenter & Associates Ltd
Robert Dalby Accountancy Services


Chantry Heritage Centre
Church of St Mary Magdalene - Brass Rubbing Centre
Cobham Hall
M V Princess Pocahontas
New College of Cobham
New Tavern Fort
Nurstead Court
Secret Cold War Bunker


Premier Inn Gravesend (A2/Singlewell) *book online*
Premier Inn Gravesend Central *book online*


Dance - Line Dancing Club


Grove (The)
Leo's Nightclub
Portland Club


Russell Quay


Gravesham Borough Council


Dental Surgery

Gravesend Dental Surgery


Granby Place Surgery
Gravesend Medical Centre
Lamorna Surgery
Oakfield Health Centre
Pelham Medical Practice

Golf Club

Mid Kent
Southern Valley Golf Club

Health and Fitness Club



Gravesend Borough Market

Pub and Bar

British Tar
Campbell Arms
Coach & Horses
Darnley Arms
Foresters Arms
Jolly Drayman
Kings Head
Lion Freehouse
Man Of Kent

Peacock Public House
Railway Bell
Station Inn Public House
Windmill Tavern


Country Carvery
Inn on the Lake
Jolly Drayman
Kent (The)
Knowle (The)
La Maison
New Caesars
Tappasid Thai Restaurant
Wing Hing Chinese Restaurant


Cobham Hall School


King Prior MacDonald Bridge Solicitors
M K Gill Solicitor
Patrick Lawrence
S.K Nagra Solicitors
The Thomas Barbering Co

Vymans Ltd


1st All Night Taxis
1st Choice Taxis Ltd
Ebbsfleet Taxis
Gravesend Mini Bus Hire
Millenium Taxis
Mr & Mrs Taxi


Woodville Halls Theatre


Nurstead Court
Tollgate Hotel


Parrock Street Veterinary Surgery

Sports Clubs

Gravesend CC (Cricket)
Greenways (Amateur Football)
New Ifield CC (Cricket)
Old Gravesendians RFC (Rugby Union)


Regal Books
Petals & Blooms Florist

W. E. Harris & Sons Ltd
Early Learning Centre
Pets Inc
Dabbs Place Organic Farm
Lion Pharmacy
The Medical Eye Centre
Carphone Warehouse
Manor Gallery
New Pier Framing Gallery
H Samuel
Lloyds Pharmacy
J J B Sports
Sigma Beauty
Tri The Bike Shop
DADS Limited
Bustles & Breeches
Contemporary by Anna Lincoln


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Places to Stay near Gravesend

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Shamrock Guest House (0.27 miles)

Shamrock Guest House
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Premier Inn Gravesend Central (0.75 miles)

Premier Inn Gravesend Central
Well located for local, national and international train travel, just 10 minutes drive from Ebbsfleet International station. Ideally positioned for access to the M25, Dartford Crossing and cross channel ferries. For shopping Bluewater shopping centre ... More | visit website
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Henry B&B (1.44 miles)

Henry B&B

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This privately-owned, warm and welcoming accommodation is part of an 18th century detached mansion house with a courtyard garden and off-road parking. En suite rooms are large but cosy and ... More

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The Granby Hotel (1.50 miles)

The Granby Hotel

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The Granby Hotel is a privately owned hotel ideally situated in North West Kent, easily accessible from major motorway links, major roads, rail and air connections. The hotel offers the ... More

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Premier Inn Gravesend (A2/Singlewell) (2.10 miles)

Premier Inn Gravesend (A2/Singlewell)
Located within easy reach of the A2 and M25. Close to Ebbsfleet International station linking to Paris, Lille and Brussels. Local attractions include Woodlands Park and Bluewater shopping centre. For shops and local amenities Gravesend ... More | visit website
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Inn on the Lake (3.09 miles)

Inn on the Lake
The Inn on the Lake is a family run hotel set in twelve acres of woodlands and overlooking two fine lakes. It is within one hour's drive of the Channel and just ten minutes ... More | visit website
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Travelodge Dartford (4.64 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Park Inn Thurrock (4.78 miles)

Park Inn Thurrock

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This prestigious Hotel, once a Georgian Manor House is set in six acres of beautiful gardens. You will receive a warm welcome from our dedicated team! Whether it's the refined atmosphere of ... More

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Stifford Clays Farmhouse Hotel (4.79 miles)

Stifford Clays Farmhouse Hotel

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This beautifully converted farmhouse is set in landscaped gardens and is close to Dartford, Bluewater and Lakeside shopping centres. It has lovely countryside views and plenty of amenities. The B&B is convenient ... More

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Premier Inn Thurrock East (4.86 miles)

Conveniently situated within walking distance of Chafford Hundred train station and for shopping, the Lakeside shopping centre. The nearest town to this hotel is Grays town centre just 2.5 miles away. London City Airport is ... More | visit website

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