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A building of historical significance in Dartford is the remains of the Manor House, built between 1541 and 1544 for Henry VIII’s personal use. In 1545 the Privy Council met at the building and then Anne of Cleves lived there from 1553 until shortly before her death in 1557. The gatehouse, in Priory Road, is all that is left of the building. There are 11 churches in Dartford...Read more
Dartford is a market town with a rich history, but also has modern facilities such as the famous Bluewater Shopping Centre and Dartford Dojo - the coaching centre for the British Judo Association and home to the internationally renowned Dartford Judo Club.
One of the biggest annual events in the town is the Dartford Festival, in July. The festival takes place in Central Park and includes live music from big names, activities, stalls and more. The Dartford Festival of Light is held in October and involves hundreds of schoolchildren parading through the town centre with torches and lanterns. Bands also take part in the procession....Read more
Dartford Borough Museum tells the history of the area through permanent and temporary exhibitions and collections. Dartford Heath is an area of outstanding natural beauty and includes plenty of wildlife, three ponds and the Glory Bumps – man-made ridges and furrows that form a mosaic of bare sandy ground. The bumps were created when minerals were extracted on the site. Eag...Read more
5. Things To Do
Central Park, near the town centre, dates back to 1906 and is part of an ongoing regeneration project. The park has sports facilities, open space, gardens, a café and visitor centre, a water play area, outdoor fitness equipment and skatepark. Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre includes a main swimming pool, a teaching pool, a gym, a health suite, soft play facilities, fitness ...Read more
The Bluewater Shopping Centre is a huge indoor shopping facility in Greenhithe, containing over 300 stores on two levels. The centre also has cafes and restaurants and a 13-screen cinema. Traditional weekly markets are held on Thursdays and Saturdays in Dartford. The Thursday market includes more than 200 stalls selling a wide selection, food, drink and goods, while the Saturd...Read more
London City Airport is the nearest airport and offers domestic and international flights. It is about eight miles from the centre of town. Southend Airport is 23 miles away, London Gatwick is 27 miles away, Heathrow is 29 miles away and Stansted is 30 miles away. Dartford Train Station is a five-minute walk from the town centre and has direct services to London’s Charing Cro...Read more
The Orchard Theatre, in the town centre, offers a good variety of live entertainment including West End musicals, pantomimes, top comedians, bands, dramas and classical music and opera. The Mick Jagger Centre is a venue for live music and arts and also includes a recording studio, rehearsal rooms, a music technology suite, a visual arts suite, a dance/drama room and more. Th...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks
The Dartford Thurrock River Crossing takes traffic across the River Thames from Kent to Essex. The first tunnel at the site was completed in 1963 and cost £13 million to build. A second tunnel was added in May 1980 at a cost of £45 million. The volume of traffic through the tunnels was so high, something else had to be done and The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was built and offi...Read more
10. Interesting Fact
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was born in Dartford in 1943 and grew up in the area. The Rolling Stones were born when Mick met up with old school friend Keith Richards on the Dartford train line.
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Anne Widdecombe and Craig Revel Horwood were so popular in pantomime, an extra week had to be added to their show. The retired MP and Strictly Come Dancing judge starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Orchard...
Budding young reporters are being given a chance to do some real reporting thanks to an innovative project. The Young Reporter scheme is being run by the News Shopper newspaper and website for schoolchildren in and around the Dartford area....
A brave 12-year-old has been hailed a hero after his quick-thinking actions saved his mum and disabled brother from a house fire. Robert Noubime was at his flat in Nursery Close, Dartford, watching television when he smelt burning. He went to...
Celebrities have been popping up to keep Christmas shoppers entertained at the Bluewater Shopping Centre. Members of the public were delighted to see Peter Andre appear at the centre to launch the Christmas in New York...
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