Dartford

Travel Guide

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.

Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
University Way, Dartford, England
The price is £37 per night from 22 Dec to 22 Dec
Situated in Dartford, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Orchard Theatre and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Bluewater Shopping Centre. Lakeside Shopping Centre and O2 Arena ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (929 reviews)
"Excellent hotel excellent service! Naz and Auriella were brilliant! Breakfast is really nice too. Staff so lovely from house keepers to kitchen staff you guys should be 5* rated not 3*. Exceptional! Will stay again 👍"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2021

Holiday Inn Express London - Dartford, an IHG Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
4 out of 5
The price is £95 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Situated in Dartford, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crossways Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Bluewater Shopping Centre. Orchard Theatre ...
3.8/5 Good! (968 reviews)
Not bad but not great. Good facilities.
"Nice big rooms but they’re a bit dated. Facilities are good, good internet speed, gym isn’t bad, Starbucks on-site all very handy. Shame you have to pay for parking as a guest staying, traffic on the road outside is also really bad making getting back on to the M25 difficult."

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
Hotel Campanile Dartford
Hotel Campanile Dartford
3 out of 5
The price is £39 per night from 28 Dec to 28 Dec
Situated in Dartford, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crossways Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Bluewater Shopping Centre. Darent Valley Hospital and ...
3.6/5 Good! (799 reviews)
"Good functional accommodation"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021

Hotel Campanile Dartford
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AR-Rahman, 1 bed + 1 Living room apartment
AR-Rahman, 1 bed + 1 Living room apartment
175 Shepherds Ln, Dartford, ENG
The price is £79 per night from 1 Jan to 1 Jan
Situated in Dartford, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Orchard Theatre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Crayford Greyhound Track. Darent Valley Hospital ...
AR-Rahman, 1 bed + 1 Living room apartment
Elimonn Bloom
Elimonn Bloom
Brackendene, Dartford, ENG
This family-friendly Dartford holiday home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Crayford Greyhound Track and Orchard Theatre. Danson Park and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
The hosts was incredible. Every room was immaculate. My whole experience here was lovely
"I stayed here last minute and was surprised there was availability. The owners made me feel incredibly comfortable. It has access to its own private gym which was great. I'd happily stay here again! Birchwood golf course was only 10 minute walk away from residence. Cosy, fantastic decor throughout ..."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Elimonn Bloom
Dartford Luxurious Apartment
Dartford Luxurious Apartment
3.5 out of 5
The price is £194 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (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
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