Travelling around Dartford
With its very own Central Park, Dartford is well worth a visit. This vibrant town, lying within the Kent border, is famous for the Dartford Crossing – the busiest estuary crossing in the UK. And, while it plays an important role in taking M25 motorists under the river, there's plenty more to it than just its (well-deserved) commuter town status.
There's plenty to do here, from shopping in the Orchard shopping centre to watching live music at the Mick Jagger Centre – the rock icon was born here. There's a lively nightlife with a range of pubs, bars and clubs to choose from and plenty of family-friendly activities too.
The transport system is excellent, as one might expect from a commuter town of this nature. So getting to Dartford is a cinch, with regular trains to London and a wealth of motorways nearby. There are also excellent transport links around the town, thanks to Arriva buses, which operate in the area and will take you to Gravesend, Bluewater and many more places.
Whether it’s a quick trip for forgotten items or a full day’s shopping, the bustling town centre has everything you need. Dartford boasts all the major high street brands, so you can choose between the Priory Centre and Orchard Centre, which even offers a stay and play area for the little ones.
Central Park in the town centre hosts numerous community events to entertain the kiddies further, as well as a playground with water play, rock climbing and a Skate/BMX park. There’s a pretty café, perfect for when all that play gets too much and live music at the big bandstand in the summer months.
For an evening out, visit the Orchard Theatre which hosts a range of drama, dance and music. And afterwards, whether you want a quick post-theatre snack or a celebratory 3-course meal, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from in Dartford town centre. Relax with a pint in one of the locals or find a cosy eatery, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy your favourite cuisine