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Hotels in Gravesend
An ancient town in northwest Kent, 21 miles from central London, Gravesend lies on the south bank of the Thames estuary near Tilbury in Essex.
Minutes away from London by train, Gravesend is an ideal base for a day out in the big city, boasting numerous brownie points for location. The Thames Riverside is nearby, and you are ideally placed to explore the exceptional countryside and quaint villages of the North Kent Downs. We have many Gravesend hotels available from which to enjoy your experience.
Gravesend boasts one of the oldest surviving markets in the whole of Britain, dating back to 1268. The first mayor of the town was elected in 1268, although the first town hall was not built until 1573. Now known as the Gravesend Civic Centre, the Old Town Hall thrives as a venue for weddings, private functions and community and public events.
Possibly one of the most famous historic connections with Gravesend lies with a young Native American girl. On 21 March 1617, John Rolfe, his wife Rebecca (also known as Princess Pocahontas) and their son Thomas boarded a ship in London bound for Virginia. The ship sailed as far as Gravesend before Pocahontas fell ill and later died once ashore. Her funeral and burial took place on 21 March 1617 at St George Church, and her grave is believed to be underneath the church's chancel.
Not only does Gravesend have the oldest market in the country, but it also has the world's oldest surviving cast iron pier, built in 1834. The structure is completely unique in that it comprises the first ever known iron cylinders used in its construction. In 2004 the pier underwent a complete refurbishment, which included building a contemporary bar and restaurant.
Visitors to the area can enjoy variably timed boat trips on the River Thames during the spring and summer months, departing from the Town Pier Pontoon.
Food and drink
Gravesend has an excellent selection of quality eateries. Enjoy an intimate dinner for two dining on fine modern Mediterranean cuisine with panoramic views of the river, or sample the local fish and chips on the pier.
The Three Daws is a wonderfully preserved riverside inn which dates back to the 1400s and is steeped with tales of smugglers, press gangs and ghostly occurrences. The inn is also known for hosting BBQs, cocktail evenings, quiz nights and more.
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