Gravesham has so much to offer, so we’ve done the hard work for you and put our key attractions on a map. The borough is steeped in history and our historical, heritage and countryside sites are not to be missed. And if you’re looking for things to do with the family then we guarantee that you will find them in and around Gravesend. 

Attraction Details
1. Chantry Heritage Centre

Chantry Heritage Centre

Commercial Place, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BT

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

This architectural gem is the oldest building in the borough (1189) and offers a fascinating insight into Gravesham’s heritage with the aid of high quality displays,contemporary artefacts, and brand new audio tour.

2. Cyclopark

Cyclopark

Watling Street, South of Gravesend, Kent, DA13 9AF

Tel: 01474 831400

www.cyclopark.com

Cyclopark opened in May 2012 and is showcased as Kent’s newest multi sports activity venue, offering first class BMX, cycling, skateboarding, running and extreme sports facilities.

3. Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

Saddington Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AG

Tel: 01474 350611

www.gurunanakdarbar.org

The magnificent Sri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara is the new place of worship for the sizeable Sikh community who live in Gravesend, but it is sure to draw interest and visitors from much further afield.

4. Our Lady of the Assumption

Our Lady of the Assumption

The Hill, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9ES

Tel: 01474 533689

The church was built as a memorial to Alfred Tolhurst, an important figure in the area.

5. The Blake Gallery

The Blake Gallery

The Woodville, Woodville Place, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1DD

Tel: 01474 33 77 74

www.woodville.co.uk/blakegallery

Located on the lower ground floor of the Woodville Theatre British Painter the gallery is open during exhibitions Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sundays 10am to 2pm.

6. The Warren

The Warren

Valley Drive, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4DA

A large grassy hill that overlooks much of residential Gravesend. Complete with kids park, adjoining open space and a small amount of woodland it is one of Gravesend’s more popular parks.

7. The Woodville

The Woodville

Woodville Place, Gravesend, DA12 1DD

Tel: 01474 33 77 74

www.woodville.co.uk

The Woodville Theatre is one of the larger, versatile arts and entertainment venues in North Kent providing a regular programme of music, comedy and exhibitions and annual pantomime

8. Town Pier

Town Pier

West Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0BJ

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Take a stroll on the Pier out over the river or gently unwind with a leisurely meal or drink. You can also sail up and down the River Thames from the newly installed pontoon, on board barges or paddle steamers

9. Woodlands Park

Woodlands Park

Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11

Large expanse of greenery just outside the heart of Gravesend. Perfect place for a family picnic, a game of football, mini-golf or just a sit in the sun outside the cafe.

10. Bawley Bay

Bawley Bay

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Adjacent to St. Andrew’s Arts Centre, families set sail from the tiny Bawley Bay to start a new life in Australia and New Zealand. It is not unusual for descendants of these families to return at this point when tracing their ancestors.

11. Camer Park

Camer Park

Camer Park Road, Camer, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0XT

Tel: 08458 247 600

Camer Park is comprised of 45 acres of designated Area Outstanding Natural Beauty (AoNB). Following the death of its last resident, the Camer estate was sold to Strood Rural District Council in 1967 and converted to a public park in 1971.

12. Cascades Leisure Centre

Cascades Leisure Centre

Thong Lane, Gravesend, DA12 4LG

Tel: 01474 33 74 71 or www.gcll.co.uk

Cascades Leisure Centre at Thong Lane, Gravesend offers fun for all the family. The major attraction is the leisure pool with its waves, fountains, wild water channel, waterfall and two exhilarating water slides.

13. Clarendon Royal Hotel

Clarendon Royal Hotel

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12 2BE

Tel: 01474 362221

The Clarendon Royal Hotel is a 13 bedroom riverside hotel. The hotels also boasts a bar and restaurant as part of this exciting new redevelopment on Gravesend’s historic riverside.

14. Cobham Hall

Cobham Hall

Cobham Hall, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3BL

Tel: 01474 337600

www.cobhamhall.com

A large house standing in 150 acres of Repton’s landscape garden and dating from 1587. It includes work by Inigo Jones, Wyatt and the Adam brothers. Cobham Hall is now a girls school.

15. Cobham Park

Cobham Park

Cobham, DA12

Tel: 01474 816764

Cobham Park is located south of the A2 between Gravesend and Medway (Shorne & Cobham turnoff from the A2), and lies to the east of Cobham village.

16. Cygnets Leisure Centre

Cygnets Leisure Centre

Old Perry Street, Northfleet, DA11 8BU

Tel: 01474 33 74 84 or 01

www.gcll.co.uk

Cygnet leisure centre offers the very latest in body conditioning equipment in its Outline Fitness Centre and the Health Suite is a very pleasant environment in which to relax.

17. Gads Hill Place, Higham

Gads Hill Place

Rochester Road, Higham, Gravesend, Kent, ME3 7DS

Tel: 01474 337600

www.gadshill.org

When he was a boy Charles Dickens and his father took a walk through Kent. On Gravesend Road they passed a house called Gad’s Hill Place. Young Charles was very impressed. He bought the house in 1856 and lived there until his death in 1870.

18.Bluewater Shopping Centre and Glow Events Venue

Glow Bluewater Shopping and Events Venue

Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST

Tel: 01322 427270

www.bluewater.co.uk

Bluewater, Europe’s largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination.

19. Gordon Gardens

Gordon Gardens

Milton Place, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BT

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

The Gordon Gardens area has a splendid display of flowers, mature plants and trees, with paths leading around the small lake, The pleasant riverside gardens offer visitors a restful environment and a great playground area for children.

20. Gravesend Blockhouse

Gravesend Blockhouse

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BE

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Remains of one of five artillery blockhouses built along the Thames shoreline by King Henry VIII, Gravesend’s Tudor Blockhouse can be easily seen in Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, situated by the Clarendon Royal Hotel lawn.

21. Gravesend Cemetery

Gravesend Cemetery

Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0LS

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

The oldest part of Gravesend Cemetery was originally developed as pleasure gardens in the Victorian era as a rival to the more well-known Rosherville Gardens.

22. Gravesend Methodist Church

Gravesend Methodist Church

Gravesend Methodist Church, Milton Road, DA12 2RE

Tel: 01474 328249

www.gravesendmethodistchurch.org.uk

23. Gravesend Mission House

Gravesend Mission House

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12 2BE

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Next to St Andrew’s stands the mission house. Built in 1840 as the Spread Eagle Tavern and subsequently taken over in 1870 by the St. Andrew’s Waterside Church Mission, this is now a private home

24. HM Custom & Excise House

HM Custom & Excise House

Commercial Place, Gravesend, DA12 2BF

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

A purpose built Georgian Customs House in Whitehall Place, Gravesend, dates back to 1815, and marks Gravesend’s long association with the checking of cargo and the collection of duties at the gateway to the Port of London.

25. Jeskyn’s Community Woodland and Greenspace

Jeskyn's Community Woodland and Greenspace

Henhurst Road, Cobham, Kent, DA12 3AN

Tel: 01474 825118

www.forestry.gov.uk/jeskyns

You will find the 360 acres of greenspace at Jeskyns a great place to relax, play, learn, explore and enjoy.

26. Meopham Valley Vineyard

Meopham Valley Vineyard

Norway House, Wrotham Road, Meopham, DA13 0AU

Tel: 01474 812727

www.meophamvalleyvineyard.co.uk

Meopham Valley Vineyard are a family run business and endeavour to maintain the award winning formulas used in previous years to produce our world-class range of wines.

27. Meopham Windmill

Meopham Windmill

Wrotham Road, Meopham, Gravesend, Kent, DA13 0QA

Tel: 01474 813518

Overlooking the quintessential village green at Meopham, Meopham Windmill is of a traditional ‘smock’ design built in 1801 by the Killick brothers reputedly from old ships timbers purchased from Chatham Dockyard.

28. New Tavern Fort

New Tavern Fort

Commercial Place, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BH

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

The Fort is the remains of an 18th century fort situated within the Fort Gardens and built in the 1780s to defend the Thames against the threat of a naval attack from France and extensively rebuilt by General Gordon between 1865 and 1879.

29. Old Town Hall and Borough Market

Old Town Hall and Borough Market

High Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0AZ

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

The Town Hall dates from 1836 and is built on the site of the previous Town Hall.

30. Owletts

Owletts

The Street, Cobham, DA12 3AP

Tel: 01732 810378

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/owletts

Birthplace and home of Sir Herbert Baker (1862 – 1946), the great British architect and friend of Cecil Rhodes. Owletts was built during the reign of Charles II and is a good example of Carolean architecture.

31. Shorne Wood Country Park

Shorne Wood Country Park

Brewers Road, Gravesend, DA12 3HX

Tel: 01474 823 800

www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/shorne-woods-country-park

At any time of the year, throughout all the seasons, Shorne Woods has a wide variety of interest and many events for visitors to enjoy.

32. St Andrew’s Arts Centre

St Andrew's Riverside Mission Church

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Originally built as a Mission Church for the riverside community of Gravesend, St Andrew’s is now an arts centre run by the Gravesend Arts Council hosting a programme of drama, concerts and art and heritage exhibitions.

33. St Boltoph’s Church

St Boltoph's Church

Northfleet, DA11 9EU

Tel: 01474 566400

www.stbotolphnorthfleet.org.uk

Historic church in the medieval heart of old Northfleet.

34. St George’s Church

St George's Church

Church Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0DJ

Tel: 01474 337600

www.stgeorgesgravesend.org.uk

Centrally located within the town, St George’s Church is famous as the burial place of Pocahontas, the native Virginian Indian, who died at Gravesend in 1617.

35. St John’s Church

St John's Church

Wrotham Road, Meopham, Nr Gravesend, Kent, DA13 0AD

Tel: 01474 813106

www.achurchnearyou.com/meopham-st-john-the-baptist

Fourteenth century parish church in the village of Meopham.

36. St Mary Magdalene Church

St Mary Magdalene Church

The Street, Cobham, Nr Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3DB

Tel: 01474 814332

www.cobham-luddesdowne.org

Built during the 13th and 14th Century by the de Cobham family, it is renowned for its collection of medieval brasses, said to be the finest in the world. The Chancel also contains the 16th century Brooke Tomb, complete with effigies of the then Lord Cobham and his wife.

37. St Mary’s Church

St Mary's Church

Church Street, Lower Higham, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7LS

Tel: 01634 725018

www.stmaryschurchhigham.com

St. Mary’s is an unusual building set in one of the most distinctive landscapes of the South East. It stands on the edge of open marshland, and looks towards the river Thames across waving reed beds and narrow stretches of water.

38. St Mildred’s Church

St Mildred's Church

Nurstead Church Lane, Nurstead, Meopham, Kent, DA13 9AD

Tel: 01474 815259

www.achurchnearyou.com/nurstead-st-mildred/

A small 14th century church, near Meopham, dedicated to St Mildred

39. St Peter and Paul’s Church

St Peter and Paul's Church

Butchers Hill, Shorne, Kent, DA12 3EB

Tel: 01474 822239

www.achurchnearyou.com/shornechurch

Saxon in origin, as indicated by the double splayed window over the north arcade, the church contains several interesting features from various periods.

40. The Darnley Mausoleum

The Darnley Mausoleum

Cobham Park, Cobham, DA12 3BS

Tel: 01474 816764

Built on the instructions of the 3rd Earl of Darnley in 1786, this mausoleum is one of the great masterpieces of the architect James Wyatt. Open first Sunday of the Month from April – Sept.

41. The New College of Cobham

The New College of Cobham

Cobhambury Rd, Cobham, DA12 3BG

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Almshouses based on a medieval chantry, built in 1362 and partly rebuilt in 1598. Originally endowed by Sir John de Cobham and his descendants.

42. The Thames & Medway Canal 1809-1934

The Thames & Medway Canal

Off Mark Lane, Gravesend, DA12 2HR

Tel: 01474 337600

For walkers the Thames & Medway Canal towpath forms a gentle and level section of circular walks linked to the Saxon Shore Way. It is also part of Route 1 of the National Cycle Network from Dover to John o’ Groats.

43. Trosley Country Park

Trosley Country Park

Waterlow Road, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0SG

Tel: 01732 823570

www.kent.gov.uk/kentcountryparks

Once part of Trosley Towers Estate, Trosley Country Park covers 170 acres of beautiful woodland and chalk downland on the North Downs.

44. Windmill Hill Gardens

Windmill Hill Gardens

Rouge Lane, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1JR

Tel: 01474 337600

www.discovergravesham.co.uk

Windmill Hill is located on the highest ground near Gravesend town centre and provides an interesting vantage point from which to view the surrounding areas and the river activity.