Riverside town with ancient beginnings
Gravesend's history dates all the way back to the Stone Age, and a Tudor fort and the 14th century Milton Chantry make up part of the town. Gravesend is also the final resting place of Pocahontas, whose statue stands at St George's Parish Church. While you're exploring Gravesend, be sure to walk along the Town Pier, the oldest surviving cast iron pier in the world - it's just one of many intricate Victorian structures you can find around the town.
For a small riverside town, Gravesend is big on good food. Grab some traditional fish and chips from the award-winning Reliance Fish Restaurant, or transport yourself to Italy at Il Padrino, an authentic restaurant with a wood-burning oven. Gravesend prides itself on its diverse selection of restaurants and cafes, so whether you're after Indian fusion food or a cream tea, you're sure to find something around the town.
The perfect base to explore wider Kent
Gravesend is perfectly placed for exploring all that Kent has to offer. From Shorne Woods to Camer Park, there's acres of stunning countryside to savour less than 20 minutes from the town centre, while busy Rochester and Dartford are a similar distance away. Missing city life? London is a 25-minute train journey. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Gravesend? Travelodge Dartford is a 15-minute drive from Gravesend, and you can easily travel in by train, too. Nearby Travelodge Chatham Maritime, close to Rochester, is 20 minutes away.