The Town Centre Strategy for Gravesend shows a growing range of opportunities to improve on the town’s shopping and facilities. This is because more interest is being focused on Gravesend from its central position in the Thames Gateway, its proximity to Ebbsfleet International Station and the benefits of fast access to and from London that HS1 train services are bringing to the town.

That same strategy focuses on keeping and building on the five key components of success that the Town Centre Initiative has worked to:

  1. A Vibrant and lively shopping and service centre for Gravesend and the surrounding area:
  • Maintain as wide a range of shops and services as possible
  • Seek to establish a niche which could include speciality outlets and shops
  • Continue to offer quality with good value for money
  1. A place to visit for a good day or evening out:
  • Provide visitor attractions based on history, culture and above all the unique riverside setting
  • Attract visitors through promotion and marketing through a wide area including Kent, London, the South-east and near continent
  1. A place for people to stay when visiting London, the South-east and Kent:
  • Maximise the benefits of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Ebbsfleet station
  • Take advantage of the proximity to London and other visitor attractions on the South-east.
  • Offer a cost advantage
  • Expand the role of the river in terms of leisure and tourism
  • Build on our location in relation to the motorway network to provide easy access between London, the continent and ourselves
  1. A place where people do business and find employment:
  • Support the multiplicity of small and medium sized enterprises
  • Offer opportunities to create new business
  1. A place where people want to live:
  • Offer new build opportunities in and around the town centre
  • Make the most of existing buildings through conversion by the use of initiatives such as “Living Over The Shop”
  • Gravesend is seen in the Strategy as a series of ‘Quarters’ each with its own character and attraction. Future proposals are now being taken forward for two of these. Visit for further details