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Pocket Guide: Dartford

Dartford is not only rich in history and a great base for exploring the rest of Kent, but it also has some of the best shopping in Europe right on the doorstep. Based at a suitable B&B, guesthouse or hotel in the Dartford area, you can immerse yourself in a total shopping experience at the Bluewater Shopping Centre on the eastern edge of town, and at the same time have easy access to the multitude of Kent attractions close by.

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Bluewater is huge and it comprises one of the most innovative shopping centres in the whole of Europe. People come here from across the United Kingdom and beyond to buy everything from wholesale bargains to top-end designer goods at its chain and independent outlets. As well as over 300 brands, Bluewater boasts 50 restaurants and free parking for 13,000 cars, so you'll always be able to find a parking space and a snack, no matter when you visit! Dartford, along with nearby Gravesend, is especially well connected with other parts of the country and the Continent through excellent road and rail links, including the Eurotunnel, making Paris and Brussels just a couple of hours away.

Be Close to Dartford's Attractions with a Kent Hotel

As well as excellent shopping opportunities, Dartford is rich in historic and literary associations. Dickens has very strong links with the wider area, and connections with nearby Shorne, Chalk, Gravesend and Higham Marshes. He wrote Great Expectations at Gad's Hill Place, which is now a private school but visitors can book tours for selected days in advance. When you come to Dartford and stay at one of the many B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels in the area, don't miss out on a visit to Cobham Hall. This is a real architectural gem, an ebullient and unique fusion of Elizabethan, Jacobean and Georgian architectural styles and elements. Nearby Cobham village is also worth a visit for its old half-timbered buildings, quaint alleyways and historic pubs.

Stay at a local hotel like the Hilton Dartford Bridge or the Hotel Campanile Dartford and explore a region of Kent that is particularly rich in historic associations and the most exquisite period architecture.

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