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With a history of settlement dating back hundreds of thousands of years, Dartford became strategically important when the Romans used the area to make a ford across the River Darent. These days, the town is still known for the vital north-south link that is the Dartford Crossing, which consists of two tunnels and a bridge. Dartford is also linked with the nearby Bluewater shopping centre, one of Europe's biggest and best destinations for those who love to spend, spend, spend. There are many fashion outlets here, plus a good mix of eateries and attractions that draw thousands of visitors every day.
Just 15 miles to the east of London and within minutes of the capital's orbital motorway, the M25, Dartford is well placed for travelling around the south east. It's also really handy for trips to and from the Continent, as Ebbsfleet International Station, which is a mere 15-minute drive from Dartford, is a Eurostar hub and regular trains set off for Paris and Brussels.
If you plan to see the town, there are a few art galleries to browse, as well as the Dartford Borough Museum, which is small but densely packed with historical treasures. Town centre shopping offers a diverse range of fashion and goods, while the restaurant scene is complemented by a number of great pubs that dish up tasty cuisine.
On dry days, Dartford's Central Park is a pleasant place in which to parade, play and picnic, with formal gardens and riverside walks offering many delightful vistas in what is an otherwise unmistakably urban landscape.
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There's a wide variety of fantastic day trips that can be reached by road in less than an hour from Dartford. From beaches and historic cities to shows in the West End, Dartford is a great base from which to jump and gather an unforgettable set of memories and photographs.
Visit nearby Gravesend, a commuter town much like Dartford but crammed with historical references and architectural gems, such as the cast-iron pier that juts out over the waters of the River Thames. Charles Dickens lived near here and his works are peppered with references to the town.
Drive further into Kent, “The Garden of England”, for many different and pleasing ways to spend your days. You can taste fresh oysters at the seaside in Whitstable in less than an hour of Dartford, or tour the historic cathedral and churches of Canterbury. Leeds Castle is a 40-minute drive from Dartford too. From the White Cliffs of Dover to the bountiful produce that springs up in this delightful garden, the icons and flavours of Kent are so diverse that you'll feel like you've been on a whistle-stop tour of the UK when you see the best of this county.
The county of Essex is just minutes from Dartford also. One of its highlights, Southend-on-Sea, is a terrific seaside town that offers every element of a typical British beach break. It's a 45-minute drive from Dartford to Southend-on-Sea.
Of course, London is hard to resist. It's an easy day trip from Dartford, where accommodation is much cheaper than in the heart of the capital. There's a wealth of things to do in London, so you might find that one day is simply not enough.
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