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The Clarendon Royal Hotel
The Clarendon Royal Hotel

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend DA12 2BE

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gravesend Town Pier and Pocahontas Statue. Gravesend Gurdwara an …

£99
The Granby Hotel
The Granby Hotel

1 The Hill, Northfleet, Gravesend DA11 9ES

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated in Gravesend, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pocahontas Statue, Gravesend Town Pier, and Cold War Bunker. …

£55
The Leather Bottle
The Leather Bottle

54-56 The Street, Gravesend DA12 3BZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this inn is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Shorne Woods Country Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rochester …

£60
The Thurrock Hotel
The Thurrock Hotel

Ship Lane, Aveley, Purfleet RM19 1YN

3.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (176 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Arena Essex Raceway and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lakeside …

£59
Holiday Inn Basildon
Holiday Inn Basildon

Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Basildon SS14 3DG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (215 reviews)

Situated in Basildon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Festival Leisure Park and Eastgate Shopping Centre. Wat Tyler Par …

£59
Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa
Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa

Brands Hatch Road, Longfield DA3 8NQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (81 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Brands Hatch Circuit and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from London Golf Clu …

£110
The Lower Bell
The Lower Bell

201 Old Chatam Road, Aylesford ME20 7EF

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Aylesford, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Buckmore Park Karting, The Friars, and Kent Life. Whatman Park is 2. …

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The Chichester Hotel
The Chichester Hotel

Old London Rd, Wickford SS11 8UE

3.0 out of 5.0
2.9 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hockley Woods, Salvation Army Farm Colony, and Belfairs Woods …

£60
Brentwood Guest House
Brentwood Guest House

75-77 Rose Valley, Brentwood CM14 4HJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Situated in Brentwood, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Old MacDonalds Farm, Kelvedon Hatch, and Bentley Golf Club …

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Village Hotel Maidstone
Village Hotel Maidstone

Castle View, Forstal Road, Maidstone ME14 3AQ

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (465 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kent Life, Whatman Park, and Maidstone Museum. …

£70
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Pocket Guide: Thurrock Coalhouse Fort Hotels

Coalhouse Fort is located on the banks of the Thames in the village of East Tilbury in Essex. Constructed in the 1860s, this impressive fortification was designed to protect England from seaborne attack by the French. Coalhouse Fort was also in use for the two World Wars, its defences updated accordingly - for example, a Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun was installed on the roof of the fort in 1943. If you're staying in any nearby Essex hotels, Coalhouse Fort makes for a fascinating day out and a great place to learn about Britain's defensive history.

Explore Britain's Military Past from Hotels in Essex

Today, Coalhouse Fort is run entirely by volunteers who took over management of the site in 1983. Thanks to the Coalhouse Fort Protect, the fort is open to the public every last Sunday of the month between March and September and most bank holidays, so if you're staying in nearby hotels in Essex you should time your visit accordingly. As well as guided tours and displays of military paraphernalia, Coalhouse Fort runs a series of open days throughout the year, including a classic vehicle day in July.

In Easy Reach of Essex Hotels

Thankfully, you don't need to mount a seaborne attack to reach Coalhouse Fort and it is easily reached wherever you're staying in the county of Essex, with good access to road and car parking facilities. East Tilbury, the nearest village, also has a railway station, and it is a roughly 15-minute walk from there to reach the fort. The are many Essex hotels close by, including the Bell Inn, located in nearby Stanford-le-Hope, and the Ibis London Thurrock, located in West Thurrock.

The nearest village to Coalhouse Fort is East Tilbury, a small settlement with a unique character. One of the first villages in the UK to adopt a modernist aesthetic, it was originally designed and built by the Bata Shoe Company, whose founder Thomas Bata was a leading proponent of the modernist movement. For this reason, it's worth visiting East Tilbury if you're after a unique day out and have had your fill of afternoon teas!

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