With a population of around 90,000, Dartford is a popular, modern town with a vibrant atmosphere, perfectly placed for commuting to Greater London. With plenty of leisure facilities, shopping options and popular attractions in the town, it’s no wonder Dartford is such a sought-after place to buy a new home. Situated on the River Thames, Dartford is just 20 miles east of London. Living here means you’re within easy reach of the bright lights of the capital yet also close to the ‘Garden of England’ and its Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dartford is blessed with many green open spaces. You can enjoy relaxing riverside walks along the Darent and beautiful seasonal flower displays at Central Park, while Hesketh Park is home to a range of sporting facilities, a children’s playground and gardens. Travelling to, from and around Dartford couldn’t be easier. The M25 motorway is conveniently close with its links to the rest of the UK via the motorway network, whilst the nearby train stations of Slade Green, Dartford and Stone Crossing provide frequent and quick services to London and the surrounding areas.
Something for everybody
Dartford is home to an impressive collection of sport and leisure facilities and there’s plenty to do in the wider area. You can enjoy the wealth of birds and other wildlife at Rainham Marshes nature reserve or try your hand at orienteering and electronic treasure hunt trails at Shorne Woods Country Park. Billing Aquadrome, Nene Whitewater Centre and the Benham Sports Arena, golf clubs, a tennis centre and a skate park are just some of the varied active leisure options Dartford offers.
In the town you’ll also find a lively family-friendly entertainment and culture scene to suit all tastes, including theatres, sports and live music. There are trendy restaurants, bars and cafes across the town, together with a range of museums, cinemas, art galleries and entertainment venues.
Great retail opportunities
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. Dartford town centre offers a varied selection of shopping areas including the High Street and The Priory and The Orchards shopping centres. The world-renowned Bluewater complex and Lakeside shopping centres are also close by, where you can shop to your heart’s content.
Education for all
You’ll find an impressive choice of schools in and around Dartford, including 8 schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. These include Dartford Grammar School, Brent Primary School and Hartley Primary Academy.
Excellent transport links
Dartford’s proximity to London means the town is ideal for commuters. It enjoys a range of transport options including trains, buses and links to the road network, meaning that you are very well-connected when it comes to getting from A to B.
Dartford, Stone Crossing and Slade Green railway stations offer a range of services, linking the town to the countrywide network. Dartford is a major interchange station on the mainline network.
The town also has very good bus services, linking it to Bexleyheath, Gravesend, Orpington, Sevenoaks, Welling, Woolwich and the Bluewater Shopping Centre. It's a popular transport choice in the town.
When it comes to road links, Dartford is perfectly placed, with easy access to the M25, M20 and a number of trunk roads, including the A226, A206, A282 (crossing the river on the Queen Elizabeth II bridge) and the A2, meaning easy road connections to Greater London and beyond.
Finally, for travel further afield you have a choice of airports, with London City Airport, Southend Airport and Gatwick Airport all nearby.