The official website for Visit Gravesend and the Borough of Gravesham

Welcome to the Borough of Gravesham.

It is one of Kent's best kept secret - from the historic town of Gravesend on the river Thames to quintessentially Kentish villages, set in some of the county’s most beautiful countryside - this is a borough to experience with plenty to offer every taste and budget!

Gravesend with its famous piers and cobbled High Street full of independent shops, artisan makers and atmospheric tea and tap rooms is the perfect place to start.

Just 24 minutes from London St Pancras by high-speed train or a scenic boat ride aboard the Uber Boats by Thames Clipper service, this well-connected town makes for a great base for day trips and long weekends away.

This is a town of myth and legend with stories to tell at every corner – including the last resting place of Pocahontas. You’ll be creating stories and memories of your own too – the only challenge will be deciding what to do first.

From lightships and stunning views to away day experiences

If culture is your thing, this is a place with a vibrant arts scene centred on St George’s Arts Centre, the Fourth Portal and the LV21 light ship, providing a range of performance, events and activities to enjoy.

If you just want to escape from it all, Gravesend was one of the first places in Kent to welcome the Escape Room phenomenon and the town continues to attract a growing list of experiential activities to enjoy, including axe throwing for those with a good aim.

For a more relaxing experience take a stroll along The Promenade, once the town’s beach for panoramic views of the Thames estuary, verdant walks through the gardens with trails and space for all the family to explore. Don’t forget a visit to the magnificent Sikh temple too, one of the largest in Europe.

No visit to the town is complete with a lunch stop at the buzzing borough market, one of the oldest in Kent and today something of a foodie destination offering a global melting pot of delicious street food.

A place to explore, stay a while and return to

If you are feeling active jump on the bike to CycloPark or out into the countryside to explore the borough’s traditional Kentish villages, including Cobham and Higham with their connections to Charles Dickens the world’s most famous author. Add in ancient woodland, areas of outstanding natural beauty and cosy country pubs and a short stay may not be enough. You’ll be wanting to stay longer or come back soon.