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The Clarendon Royal Hotel
The Clarendon Royal Hotel

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend DA12 2BE

3.0 out of 5.0

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

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Jessamine House
Jessamine House

4 London Road, Gravesend DA11 9JE

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gravesend, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pocahontas Statue, Gravesend Town Pier, and Gravesend …

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The Leather Bottle
The Leather Bottle

54-56 The Street, Gravesend DA12 3BZ

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this inn is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Jeskyns and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shorne Woods Country Park an …

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King Charles Hotel
King Charles Hotel

Brompton Road, Gillingham ME7 5QT

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated in Gillingham, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Royal Engineers Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rochester …

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Hilton Dartford Bridge
Hilton Dartford Bridge

Masthead Close, Dartford DA2 6QF

4.0 out of 5.0

The Hilton Dartford Bridge hotel is just 2 miles from 'Bluewater', Europes leading shopping and leisure destination and 5 …

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Oyster Fleet Hotel
Oyster Fleet Hotel

Knightswick Road, Canvey Island SS8 9PA

2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Canvey Island, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Castle Point Transport Museum and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Dutch …

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Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch
Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch

DARTFORD, KENT,, DARTFORD DA3 8PE

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Farningham, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Eynsford Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bluewater Shopping …

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Tabsfield B&B
Tabsfield B&B

Eynsford Road, Farningham DA4 0BG

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eynsford, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Eynsford Castle, Lullingstone Roman Villa, and Eagle …

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Castle Hotel
Castle Hotel

High Street, Farningham DA4 0AB

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Eynsford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eynsford Castle, Lullingstone Roman Villa, and Eagle Heights. …

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No.64 at the Joiners
No.64 at the Joiners

64 High Street, West Malling ME19 6LU

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in West Malling, this boutique inn is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Manor Park Country Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of West …

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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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