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DartfordUnited Kingdom

The birthplace of music legend Mick Jagger is also known for its old churches and huge modern shopping mall.

As a town with religious and cultural importance, Dartford has many charming churches and museums. Its most famous tourist attraction, however, is the Bluewater Shopping Centre, one of the largest malls in Europe.

Catch a bus from Dartford center to reach the Bluewater mall east of town. Browse more than 300 stores then enjoy the mall’s many attractions. Play mini golf and ride pedalos on a man-made lake at the Pirate Cove Adventure Park. Parents can take a break at the Bluewater mall’s day spa.

Head back in to Dartford to visit The Mick Jagger Centre, which hosts community arts performances and live music concerts. The famous Rolling Stones lead singer was born in Dartford and used to sing in the local church choir. Enjoy a day out at the 26-acre (10-hectare) Central Park, just south of Dartford center. Admire the colorful flowerbeds that bloom in spring and relax by the River Darent, which runs through the park.

Learn about the town’s origins at the Dartford Borough Museum on the edge of Central Park.

Uncover the religious and historic sides of Dartford. The most well known of the town’s churches is the Holy Trinity, which was built in 1080. Find blue plaques scattered around the town that celebrate historic events and people. See the inn where famous novelist Jane Austen stayed in the early 19th century.

Visit the Manor Gate House north of Dartford. The manor was built in 1541 by King Henry VIII for his personal use and lies just south of the River Thames. Cross the river on one of Europe’s largest cable-supported bridges, The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. On the north side, locate the Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve to take scenic walks and spot birds and other wildlife.At the end of your day of sight seeing, attend a play or musical at The Orchard Theatre.

Dartford is located on the banks of the River Darent in the northwest region of Kent. Take a 40-minute train ride from the center of London to discover the town’s many charms.

Where to stay in Dartford

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Top Hotels in Dartford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge
4 out of 5
Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, England
The price is ¥7,992 per night

Situated in Dartford, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crossways Business Park and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Bluewater Shopping Centre. Orchard Theatre ...

3.9/5Good! (1,196 reviews)
Dartford stay

"Friendly staff and comfortable hotel. Pavlova needs more fruit though."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

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Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
4 out of 5
Top Dartford Road, Wilmington, Nr Dartford, Dartford, England
The price is ¥17,206 per night

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Orchard Theatre, Darent Valley Hospital, and Crossways Business Park. Eagle Heights ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)

"Location was great very peaceful, the spa scenery was so beautiful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Dartford Luxurious Apartment
Dartford Luxurious Apartment
3.5 out of 5
37 Highfield Road, Dartford, England
The price is ¥13,321 per night

Situated in Dartford, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Orchard Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crossways Business Park and Darent Valley Hospital. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Excellent

"Lovely apartment just like living in the comfort of your home. Close to shops and public transport."…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dartford Luxurious Apartment

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