Located in northwest Kent and tucked alongside the Thames Estuary and the North Downs, Gravesend is an area of outstanding natural beauty. This small town has the best of both worlds, lying within easy reach of the capital while still offering green spaces and open countryside too.
Approximately 21 miles from the centre of London, Gravesend has a thriving town centre with more than 450 shops and stores, the majority of which are independent. This provides a more boutique and higher class feel to the town, giving it a character distinct from other areas.
Gravesend has a fascinating history and there are numerous sites to visit which pay homage to the past.
The Cold War Bunker is open for visitors on certain dates, and those who can face the journey underground can take a tour of the ex-command post. Built in 1954 and originally known as Civil Defence Region 6, the bunk was designed to protect residents in the event of a nuclear war.
Many different religions are celebrated within Gravesend, with sacred buildings from various denominations. One of the most spectacular of these is the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, the largest Sikh complex for worship in Europe. All visitors are welcomed warmly, and with intricate stained glass windows, handcrafted stonework and marble as well as colourful tiling, it’s a building of great beauty.
To get a better view of the Thames, an important part of the town’s heritage and current economy, and to enjoy a spot of dinner, take a walk along the Town Pier. If you’d like to get a closer look, it’s possible to sail up the river on one of the barges or paddle-steamers.
Gravesend has its own thriving theatre, The Woodville, which offers a year round programme. From comedy to drama, music and pantomimes, there’s a lively calendar of performances to check out.