Dartford is located in Kent and is bordered by Crayford, Stone, Greenhithe, Longfield, Ebbsfleet, and Swanscombe. Dartford has been given £94 million to create a vibrant and welcoming town centre, including building a brand new cinema, restaurants, houses and a brilliant hotel. As Dartfords future developments the history is not being forgotten. Many of the old buildings and historic features in the town centre are being repaired through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Did you know?
  • Henry VIII built a Manor House in Dartford between 1541-1544, which Anne of Cleves lived in as part of the terms of her divorce. It can still be viewed from the outside but now is used as a wedding venue.
  • The Borough of Dartford is home to 11 churches that were included in the Domesday Book. The Holy Trinity Church, in Dartford town centre, was partially built between 1050 and 1080.
  • Many Viking settlements have been found in Swanscombe, with many of the bones found being displayed at the Natural History Museum.

 

Look out for

Beacon Wood Country Park – A popular park in the area due to its charming woodland and interesting history

The Manor Gate House – A historic house that is open to the public when it isn’t reserved for weddings

Broadditch Farm – A farm that is popular with locals, featuring a farm shop and a range of seasonal events

Orchard Theatre – A theatre in Dartford that shows a range of theatre, music, and shows which are great for kids

Mick Jagger Centre – A live performance facility in Dartford Grammar School, where Mick Jagger was once a pupil. It was opened by Mick Jagger and the Duke of Kent in March 2000

 

Shopping

Bluewater shopping centre is located in Greenhithe, a short drive from Dartford, and hosts over 330 shops and over 40 restaurants and bars. Dartford town centre has a busy high street as well as The Priory indoor shopping centre and Prospect Place retail park. All the big high-street names can be found in Dartford, including Sainsbury’s, New Look, Primark, WHSmith, Asda Living, Matalan, M&S Food and TK Maxx. There’s also a traditional weekly market held on Thursdays and Saturdays in Dartford High Street.

 

Eat

Sedir – Mediterranean restaurant in the centre of Dartford

Royal Siam – A restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine

Le Tre Sorelle – An authentic Italian family run by three sisters

Browns – Located in Bluewater, this well-known chain serves classic British food

Cote Brasserie – This French chain is also located in the Bluewater shopping centre

The Horse and Groom – Gastropub which has been recently refurbished and has a brand new menu

 

Drink

The Fighting Cocks – A large pub with a conservatory restaurant

The Flying Boat – A Wetherspoons pub which is in a former car showroom

The Papermakers Arms – A local family run pub with a homely environment

The Chequers – Traditional local pub set in a historic building

The Rose – Classic British Pub, great for Sunday lunch and drinks

 

Properties

Dartford properties range from period houses to modern new build developments. Sought after areas include Ingress Park, Waterstone Park, St Clements Lakes, and Langley Square.

 

Trains

Dartford to London Charing Cross in 39 minutes

Dartford to London Bridge in 29 minutes

Crayford to London Charing Cross in 34 minutes

Crayford to London Bridge in 24 minutes

Greenhithe for Bluewater to London Victoria in 59 minutes

Greenhithe for Bluewater to London Charing Cross in 46 minutes

Ebbsfleet International Eurostar goes to many destinations in Europe, including Paris, Lyon, Brussels, Amsterdam

 

Other Transport

A number of different bus options, with connections to Bluewater, Bexleyheath, Orpington, Longfield. M25, A2, and M20 give easy access to both Essex and Kent.

 

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