Travelling around Gravesend
Think 18th-century market halls, a pleasant old town (complete with picturesque cobbled streets and alleyways) and a scenic river location and you get a pretty good idea of what to expect when visiting Gravesend. Being the final resting place of Princess Pocahontas (yes, really), the ancient town of Gravesend has plenty of history to explore, but also straddles the future with HS1 running very close by.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, then the link to Charles Dickins may come as a surprise, but many locations throughout Gravesend were thought to inspire the author’s work – making it very worthy of a visit for literary enthusiasts. Failing that there are parks, shopping centres and English pubs aplenty. Arriva buses operate services across Gravesend and beyond, with regular services running to the huge Bluewater Shopping Centre, as well as Dartford and Sevenoaks.
If you’re spending the day in Gravesend, then be sure to visit the fascinating Sri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara. This stunning Sikh temple guarantees a warm welcome to visitors and boasts a stunning design inspired by the Golden Temple at Amritsar. Look out for the hand-crafted marble and stonework, colourful interior tiling and stained-glass windows – a place not to be forgotten.
For culture of a very different type, visit the enormous Bluewater shopping centre. With 330 stores, it has everything, from high street icons, such as Topshop, Zara and Urban Outfitters, to eateries offering everything from burgers and Italian cuisine to Japanese food. There’s also a 17-screen cinema, a trampoline park and even a dinosaur-themed soft play centre – this is family fun at its finest. Surprisingly, there’s also a nature trail outside, in case the shopping all gets too much.