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Thurrock is situated in the south-west of Essex and borders the north bank of the Thames. Thurrock is the gateway to London with easy access to both Kent and Essex via the M25 motorway and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Europe.

This thriving borough encompasses huge swathes of green belt country and along its 18 miles (29km) of Thames frontage are many important marshland wildlife habitats.The area's unique riverside location and vast natural resources are the key to its past and future development, growth and success.

For lovers of history and heritage Thurrock's fascinating past will be of great interest. Prehistoric tribes settled here and worked the land followed by Romans, then by Anglo-Saxons, whose settlement were unearthed by archaeologists at Mucking. The importance of agriculture in the area continued into the mediaeval period, reflected by the magnificent Woolmarket at Horndon-on-the-Hill.

The defence of the capital was closely linked with Thurrock. Henry VIII built riverside Block Houses at East and West Tilbury, which later became Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort. It was at West Tilbury that Queen Elizabeth I gave her famous speech to her troops, gathered to meet the Spanish Armada threat. Both forts played an important defence role during the two world wars and visitors can see military hardware from that period at the forts as well as enjoying the tremendous river views.

The area has many bridleways, footpaths and country parks, including Davy Down within the Mardyke valley. The river's floodplain is a broad tract of grassland which is an important feature of the landscape of the area.


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Travelodge Thurrock M25 (1.79 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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Orsett Hall Hotel and Conference Centre (2.13 miles)

Orsett Hall Hotel and Conference Centre

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Set In 13 acres of Essex countryside,The Orsett Hall Hotel and Conference centre offers the perfect setting for Weddings,Conferences and Banqueting.The Hotel has 30 Executive rooms and 3 Luxurious suite ... More

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Stifford Clays Farmhouse Hotel (4.03 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 Basildon South (4.11 miles)

Premier Inn Basildon South
Ideally located just 5 minutes from Wat Tyler Country Park where there is a craft shop, large adventure playground, motorboat museum and miniature railway. For shopping, Lakeside and Eastgate shopping centres are nearby. Coal House ... More | visit website
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Shamrock Guest House (4.48 miles)

Shamrock Guest House
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Park Inn Thurrock (4.57 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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Premier Inn Gravesend Central (5.23 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 (5.28 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 (5.28 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 Thurrock East (5.46 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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