Located on the border between the county of Kent and Greater London, Dartford is a historical market town surrounded by lush British countryside as well as an array of modern attractions. Despite being one of England’s smallest regions, Dartford offers a wide range of attractions from excellent hiking trails and historical sites to excellent shopping opportunities. Outdoorsy types will enjoy exploring the natural landscape here as the area offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as the orienteering trails at Shorne Woods Country Park and sailing opportunities in nearby Gravesend. The region is also home to some interesting historical sites, such as the Lullingstone Castle and World Garden which Henry VIII visited regularly.
A five-door saloon car would be ideal for urban and long-distance driving. It’s also spacious and ideal for families and those travelling with children, especially for heading to Bluewater.
Driving in Dartford
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Important things to note
There are ample parking facilities in Dartford town centre including pay and display and on-street car parking.
Take care to observe local parking regulations to avoid getting a fine or having your vehicle wheel-clamped.
The Dartford Crossing crosses the River Thames connecting Dartford to Thurrock and is a toll road. Ensure you have means of payment before joining the road as you will need to pay the fee at the toll barrier.
Highlights & Hotspots
Take a trip to the stunning National Trust property of St John’s Jerusalem. Situated a short distance from Dartford Bridge, this stunning property is located in a small village and offers fantastic walks around the moated gardens.
Bluewater Shopping Centre is a shopaholic’s paradise. Located less than five miles from Dartford town centre, this innovative complex has a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants as well as leisure facilities, including a 13-screen cinema.
Outdoorsy types and families will enjoy Shorne Woods Country Park, which offers a variety of hiking and orienteering trails and the East Access Trail for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There’s a play area for kids and a picnic area, making it a great place to spend a summer’s afternoon with the family.
If you fancy escaping the pressures of the modern world for an afternoon, then you can indulge in a little ‘me time’ at the Rowhill Grange Hotel and Utopia Spa which offers range of complimentary therapies. There’s a sauna, gym and hot tubs for use, allowing you to truly kick back and relax.
London City Airport is the closest airport to Dartford which is located approximately 18 miles west of Dartford town centre and is accessible via the M25 motorway and A13 road.
Alternatively, you could go right around the M25 until you reach the exit for London Heathrow Airport or, if going across the Thames, take a trip to London Stansted Airport in Essex, both of which have a wider range of flights than London City.