Situated on the north bank of the Thames and 20 miles to the east of Central London, Grays is a town within the county of Essex.
Grays has been strongly linked to port and river activity for centuries, dating back to when Samuel Pepys documented buying fresh fish from the local fishermen in 1665. Port activity still dominates the town with the economy based on the river, the wharf and related industries. The Port of London encompasses a wider area but also includes Grays in its waterline.
The Derby Road Bridge provides magnificent views over the river from Grays, including Thurrock Yacht Club and Grays Beach. Not really a beach in the truest sense, Grays Beach is a giant play area with an oversized sandpit.
As well as a place for children to play, Grays Beach is also the historical site of The Gull. This is a lightship which was originally built in 1860 but has been ashore for decades and has now fallen into disrepair.
For those who enjoy history, there’s a number of sites to visit including the Thurrock History Museum. With more than 250,000 years of the area captured in exhibits the museum has in excess of 1500 exhibits including prehistoric tools, mammoths and medieval finds.
If you’re a lover of retail therapy, you’re in luck. Not only does Grays have its own decent shopping centre with outlets from all the big names, Lakeside Thurrock is only a couple of miles away. With one of the largest collection of shops in Europe alongside a multiscreen cinema, Lakeside is a huge attraction for anyone who likes to shop.