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DartfordUnited Kingdom

The birthplace of music legend Mick Jagger is also known for its old churches and huge modern shopping mall.

As a town with religious and cultural importance, Dartford has many charming churches and museums. Its most famous tourist attraction, however, is the Bluewater Shopping Centre, one of the largest malls in Europe.

Catch a bus from Dartford center to reach the Bluewater mall east of town. Browse more than 300 stores then enjoy the mall’s many attractions. Play mini golf and ride pedalos on a man-made lake at the Pirate Cove Adventure Park. Parents can take a break at the Bluewater mall’s day spa.

Head back in to Dartford to visit The Mick Jagger Centre, which hosts community arts performances and live music concerts. The famous Rolling Stones lead singer was born in Dartford and used to sing in the local church choir. Enjoy a day out at the 26-acre (10-hectare) Central Park, just south of Dartford center. Admire the colorful flowerbeds that bloom in spring and relax by the River Darent, which runs through the park.

Learn about the town’s origins at the Dartford Borough Museum on the edge of Central Park.

Uncover the religious and historic sides of Dartford. The most well known of the town’s churches is the Holy Trinity, which was built in 1080. Find blue plaques scattered around the town that celebrate historic events and people. See the inn where famous novelist Jane Austen stayed in the early 19th century.

Visit the Manor Gate House north of Dartford. The manor was built in 1541 by King Henry VIII for his personal use and lies just south of the River Thames. Cross the river on one of Europe’s largest cable-supported bridges, The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. On the north side, locate the Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve to take scenic walks and spot birds and other wildlife.At the end of your day of sight seeing, attend a play or musical at The Orchard Theatre.

Dartford is located on the banks of the River Darent in the northwest region of Kent. Take a 40-minute train ride from the center of London to discover the town’s many charms.

Where to stay in Dartford

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Top hotels in Dartford

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
4 out of 5
The price is £71 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Dartford, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crossways Business Park and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Bluewater Shopping Centre. Orchard Theatre ...

3.8/5Good! (983 reviews)

"Excellent"…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford
Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford
3 out of 5
University Way, Dartford, England
The price is £45 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Dartford, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Orchard Theatre and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Bluewater Shopping Centre. Lakeside Shopping Centre and Victoria ...

4.2/5Very Good! (874 reviews)

"My third stay, at this fine hotel. Staff are so friendly and welcoming here, beautiful rooms, great value. What is not to like?!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford
Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
4 out of 5
The price is £105 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Birchwood Park Golf Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Orchard Theatre and Crayford ...

4.3/5Excellent! (222 reviews)
21st birthday

"The staff were so friendly and I ended up having a lovely 21st birthday. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Dartford

Dartford Luxurious Apartment
Dartford Luxurious Apartment
3.5 out of 5
The price is £155 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Situated in Dartford, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Orchard Theatre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Crayford Greyhound Track and Crossways Business ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Excellent

"Lovely apartment just like living in the comfort of your home. Close to shops and public transport."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2019

Dartford Luxurious Apartment
Cyrus House Cottage Apartment
Cyrus House Cottage Apartment
4.5 out of 5

Situated in Dartford, this luxury apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Darent Valley Hospital, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bluewater Shopping Centre and ...

Cyrus House Cottage Apartment
The Central Lodge
The Central Lodge
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Dartford, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Orchard Theatre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Crossways Business Park and Crayford Greyhound Track. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Central Lodge

"Great house, clean, warm and modern. Very conviently located for station and Dartford town centre. Easy commute into London. Large co-op five mins walk away."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2019

The Central Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Dartford

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,004 reviews)

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Hyde Park

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The Shard
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The Shard

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Big Ben
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Big Ben

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O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4.5/5(625 reviews)

Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.

Top things to do in Dartford

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More London for Less: 5 Attractions inc. The London Eye

£70
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

£89
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

£25
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
See London By Night Bus Tour
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See London By Night Bus Tour

£24
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe London Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe London Dining with Priority Seating

£25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers
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London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers

£55
Per adult

Reviews of Dartford

3.7

Guest rating

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5 - Excellent 17.391304347826086%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.82608695652174%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 28.26086956521739%
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2 - Disappointing 4.3478260869565215%
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Nothing really around and tube wasn’t very close

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

Room lights are a bit dim. We went there to attend a party. And could not put my make up on properly as lights are not bright enough. There is a big mirror but would help if there is a make up mirror in the toilet . There is a table in the room but

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

Only at weekends easy reachable

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Nov 2019

Stayed one night whilst visiting Brands Hatch. We were impressed with the amount there was in easy walking distance. Very convenient for visiting so many places.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Aug 2019

Dartford wasn't the purpose of my visit so I can't rely say what I thought about Dartford

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 Aug 2019

Dirty and noisy.

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