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Prime Location Gravesend Area Guide

Gravesend is situated in North West Kent, and lies on the South bank of the Thames. Bordering the Medway Towns, it is approximately six miles from the M25, offering convenient access to London. With a rich and varied history, the area has seen Stone Age, Iron Age and Roman settlements and is believed to be the burial site of Pocahontas. Once a renowned haunt for Highwaymen, the town’s shipping industry became an important source of trade and the ‘Long Ferry’ link between Gravesend and London was a preferable alternative to the treacherous journey by road. Paper and cement were also important sectors for the town.

Home to one of the oldest surviving markets in the country, Gravesend’s earliest charter was in 1268. Windmill Hill is a prominent landmark in the town and provides the area with some degree of shelter. Two grade II listed piers punctuate the shoreline, the public Gravesend Town Pier which is the oldest cast iron pier in the world, and Royal Terrace Pier which is an important facility still used by the Port of London Authority. Gravesend is a semi-rural market town, offering access to scenic riverside and countryside as well as modern amenities. Property in the area ranges from Victorian terraces and sprawling country houses through to modern new builds and 1930s semi-detached homes. Redevelopment in Gravesend includes the Ebbsfleet valley to the west, and the industrial area of Northfleet along the Thames waterfront.


The population of Gravesend is around 55,000, with the Borough of Gravesham being home to around 102,000. Approximately 40% of the population in the Borough are less than 30 years old, with a further 60% being of working age.

One of the main employment sectors in the area is the service industry. The town is multi-cultural and boasts the largest Sikh temple in Europe.


Gravesend offers a number of nursery schools and primary schools including St. John’s Catholic Primary and Comprehensive School, Wrotham Road Primary School, Shears Green Infants and Junior School, Dover Road Community Primary School. Secondary school provision in the area is accessible at St George’s Church of England School, Gravesend Grammar School, Mayfield Grammar School, Northfleet School for Girls and Northfleet Technology College amongst others.

Independent schools in the area include Cobham Hall Private School, which is a Round Square International Baccalaureate World School for girls aged 11 to 18 years. Bronte School is a coeducational preparatory school for children aged four years to 11 years old. Gads Hill School offers private education for children aged from three years to 16 years old.


Recent improvements to transport links in the area have made Gravesend a popular base for commuters. Just one railway stop before Ebbsfleet International Station, the town has access to the new high speed rail connection. London St Pancras is just 17 minutes away from Gravesend and there is also access to Paris within two hours. Railway services also link the town to London Bridge, London Waterloo and Charing Cross.

There are direct bus services to Bluewater Shopping Centre and major towns in Kent like Dartford and Rochester. Motorists can easily access the A2 which leads on to Central London, Canterbury and the M25. Air travel can be accessed at all London airports with the nearest being London Stanstead and London Gatwick.

Amenities and shopping

Gravesend town centre is home to two main shopping malls, St George’s and the Thamesmead Centre, and features a range of independent boutique stores, fashion outlets and antique shops. There is also Gravesend covered market which is held six days a week between Queen Street and High Street. Pedestrianised areas in the town give way to a vibrant café culture. The Bluewater Shopping Centre is only a short drive away. Local produce is available from many outlets in the town, and there are a wide range of restaurants and takeaways offering a diverse range of food from Italian and Indian food through to Chinese and Thai cuisine.

The area has several country parks, including Shorne Country Park where there are walking trails, adventure play areas for children, fishing facilities and a coffee shop.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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