Top sights to see
Previously a market town, Dartford has a long history of religious, industrial and cultural importance. Largely recognised as a commuter town for London, the town’s rail links are second to none but there are some overlooked gems to explore in and around this Southern town!
Bluewater shopping centre is the fourth largest shopping centre in the UK and is a great day out for all the family! The shopping centre has over 300 Stores from designer to high-street and over 50 restaurants to treat all taste buds. Bluewater even has a 13 screen cinema with IMAX and an ice skating rink over the Christmas period.
Did someone say area of outstanding natural beauty? Dartford Heath covers 314 acres and provides plenty of walking routes ranging from 1km to 6km long. Wander through the heathland and take in the wildlife and natural beauty that is on offer.
Dive into Dartford’s local history at the town’s quaint museum with its range of exhibitions including The Stone Age, Roman Life, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval. From fossils to Victorian objects, the Dartford Borough Museum provides a snapshot into the borough’s past in a unique way.
Set in the Darenth Valley, just a mile away from Dartford centre, St John’s Jerusalem is a National Trust 12th century chapel surrounded by a square moat and idyllic gardens. As one of the only remaining structures from the Order of St John of Jerusalem, it is a rare sight and definitely worth the visit!
If you’re going to be using Dartford to commute from, these are our top picks when in Central London (the obvious and the not so obvious):
The River Thames runs through Dartford into Greater London and is well-known as the longest river (entirely) in England. You can choose to admire it from dry land, hop in a boat for a sightseeing tour or experience a high-speed ride in a speedboat!
Look down on the city of London and let the panoramic views take your breath away at London’s Sky Garden. A cheaper alternative to The Shard, Sky Garden is completely free and all you have to do is book online in advance! With beautiful views, three storeys of landscaped public gardens and plenty of eateries, this glass dome provides an unforgettable experience.
The district of Westminster is the heart of London and homes the most iconic buildings of the city. The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and views of the London Eye are all within short walks of one another. Appreciate the intricate architecture and take plenty of photos in this historic district.
Calling all natural history buffs, young and old! The Natural History Museum has been awarded as a centre of scientific excellence through its promotion of the natural world. Exhibits include the Life and Earth galleries, wildlife garden and geological collection, taking visitors of all ages through a journey of exploration and discovery.
No day is ever the same at Camden Market due to the ever-changing stores and traders in their bustling market. Easily accessible by tube, the market is made up of hundreds of stalls which sell homemade wares amongst many other things. Food from every corner of the world is also sold in the centre of the market, giving you the opportunity to experience something new!
Explore the underground headquarters where Prime Minister Winston Churchill lived and worked during World War II, complete with authentic objects which were used during the war. Providing a unique insight into the life of Winston Churchill, the Churchill War Rooms are packed full of information for all ages to learn about!
Campanile Hotels are proud to be located in Dartford.
To get to:
- Bluewater shopping centre from campanile: 8 minutes by car. 23 minutes by public transport. 55 minute walk.
- Dartford Heath from Campanile: 15 minutes by car. 44 minutes by public transport. 1 hour 28 minute walk.
- Dartford Borough Museum from Campanile: 14 minutes by car. 20 minutes by public transport. 53 minute walk.
- John’s Jerusalem from Campanile: 16 minutes by car. 38 minutes by public transport.
London commute form Dartford: 58 minutes by public transport.
- Dartford Railway Station from campanile: 11 minutes by car. 17 minutes by public transport.
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