Gravesend has its own ‘South Bank’, with a promenade on the southern shores of the River Thames. You can watch the water-borne world go by, from the leisure boats of the Gravesend Town Pier Pontoon to the hard-working commercial traffic of the Thames. With a quick link to central London, a fast train service to Europe, the historic Chatham Dockyard, Europe’s largest shopping centre at Bluewater and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, all up its sleeve, this is a great place for a new home.
With Central London just 24 minutes away by train and high-speed services to St Pancras and Stratford International, Gravesend is firmly on the commuters’ map as a home-base. You can catch the Eurostar at Ebbsfleet International Station just 4 miles away and be in Paris in two hours and Brussels in one and a half hours. With these business links in mind, you’re also only 25 miles away from London City Airport via Greenwich. Arriva Kent and Fastrack provide the town’s bus services. There’s even a passenger service across the Thames to Tilbury in Essex, across the water. For road travel, the A2 passes just to the south of the town. This joins the M2 and heads on down to Faversham for connections to Canterbury, Dover and the coastal resorts of the north Kent coast. The M25, heading north through the Dartford Tunnel and south to Sevenoaks and then into Surrey, is under 10 miles to the west.
There’s a great cluster of shops in and around the High Street, including the St George’s Shopping Centre and the Thamesgate Shopping Centre. You’ll enjoy the regular Farmers’ Market too, bringing in fresh local produce from ‘the Garden of England’. For a major shopping trip, the Bluewater Shopping Centre is a full-on experience. It’s only 7 miles away via the A2. There are several secondary schools to choose from; Gravesend Grammar School, Northfleet School for Girls, Northfleet Technology College, Mayfield Grammar School, St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Thamesview School and St George’s Church of England School. There’s a community hospital and a main medical clinic at Swan Yard, with several other GP surgeries throughout the town.
Sport and leisure
Whether you’re into football, rugby or cricket, rowing or cycling, there’s a club here for you to join. Gravesend’s Cyclopark is an innovative multi-sport outdoor activity centre with road circuits, mountain bike trails, a BMX course, cycle pathways and bike hire, so you really won’t miss out. The Mid Kent Golf Club and the Southern Valley Golf Club are both on the edge of town. If you want to take things at your own pace, the Northfleet Urban Country Park and Sawyer’s Lake are excellent local amenities.