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Mini guide to Gravesend


Originally a Roman settlement, Gravesend is a market town located to the east of London on the south bank of the River Thames and was one of the first resort towns in England. Gravesend boasts many green areas and old buildings, as well as plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities.

Gravesend has been a market town since the 13th century and it now runs a market six days a week in a purpose-built 18th century complex, while a nearby traditional open-air market is held on Saturdays. Gravesend's many green areas include Springhead Gardens, Terrace Pier Gardens, Rosherville Gardens and Windmill Hill, all of which are ideal for strolling and relaxing.

Much of Gravesend was destroyed by fires in the 18th century, although some fine examples of old buildings still remain standing in and around the city centre. Notable buildings just outside the town include the historic houses of Owletts and Nurstead Court, as well as New Cavern Fort Castle.

Like many other British towns, Gravesend has retained many independent local traders interspersed among big name stores. In addition, there are two large shopping centres as well as numerous traditional English pubs and restaurants. Horseback riding, boating and golf can be enjoyed in Gravesend and the Cascades Leisure Centre has excellent sporting facilities.

Kent is a county of dramatic landscapes plus numerous medieval towns and villages, while the popular seaside resorts of the southeast coast and the city of Dover provide endless sightseeing alternatives. Canterbury is a short drive from Gravesend and, with its massive cathedral and remarkable history, is Kent's most famous city.

Gravesend is close to the M25 ring road and the A2 connects the city with Central London. Three trains per hour run from London to Gravesend (a two-hour journey) and London's City Airport is the closest air terminal, while Gatwick International Airport is also within easy reach and has more flight options.

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