Top 10 Things to do in Dartford, United Kingdom (UK)

July 21, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Dartford is the principal town in the Borough of Dartford, Kent, England. It is located 18 miles south-east of Central London, and is situated adjacent to the London Borough of Bexley to its west. To its north, across the Thames estuary, is Thurrock in Essex, which can be reached via the Dartford Crossing and the Dartford Tunnel.
Restaurants in Dartford

1. The Orchard Theatre

Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED, England +44 1322 220000
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 432 reviews

The Orchard Theatre

Reviewed By SteMar247

We visited for the first time to watch Tango Moderno with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace Mistry. The theatre appears to have a nice restaurant, bar, coffee shop and sweet bar. The interior is modern and the views are good. We enjoyed the atmosphere and already plan to visit again to see Brian Blessed.

2. Bluewater Shopping Mall

Bluewater Parkway | Greenhithe, Greenhithe DA9 9ST, England +44 1322 475475
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bluewater Shopping Mall

Since Bluewater opened its doors on March 16, 1999, it has set the benchmark for the ultimate shopping and leisure experience and the rest as they say is retail history. Rising out of a former chalk quarry among 50 metre-high cliffs, Bluewater's striking architecture is simply unique. Located in Kent, traditionally known as the Garden of England, our overall site of 240 acres is surrounded by a 50 acre landscape of lakes, parkland and trees making it the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. We have 300 stores, over 50 bars, restaurants and cafes along with 13,000 free car parking spaces attracting 28.1 Million visitors per annum.As well as offering a wide range of services, our team will endeavour to ensure that your Bluewater experience is fun, memorable and exciting. Bluewater's triangular design with a flagship store at each point - Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and House of Fraser - over two levels make shopping a breeze. In between the flagship stores are three distinct shopping malls boasting stylish stores along with restaurants, cafes and bars catering to every taste.

Reviewed By Hoppityskip - Basildon, United Kingdom

Wow lots of units closed on my last visit there last week
I know it’s good to evolve but indications of what is coming would be better

3. Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Thurrock RM19 1SZ, England +44 1708 899840
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Rainham Marshes

Reviewed By Pds1 - West Sussex

We stumbled up0n this by accident and am so glad we did. The staff were brilliant. Every single one of them so helpful and obviously very passionate about their work.
We took the 2.4 mile circular walk stopping off at all the hides. I particularly enjoyed the dragon fly pool.
We spent over 2 hours here and could have easily spent longer but as we hadn't been overly prepared we're starting to get hungry and thirsty so headed back to the information centre.
The cafe on site was lovely (with the most amazing shortbread!)
Again staff were extremely helpful while my husband bought some binoculars and we then decided to sign up for monthly payments to visit again at this or any other of the rspb centres around the country.
Can't wait to go again (armed with sun cream, hat and water!!)
Cannot recommend this highly enough

4. Hall Place and Gardens

Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ, England +44 1322 526574
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Hall Place and Gardens

Introduction Sitting on the banks of the River Cray, Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor country house originally built in 1537 for Sir John Champneys (a prominent merchant and one time Lord Mayor of London) and with a 17th century courtyard built by later owner Sir Robert Austen (who purchased the house in 1649). The focal point of the lower floor of the original Tudor structure is the Great Hall with its polished wood panelling and minstrel's gallery above from which courtiers with lyres and flutes would have serenaded the revellers in the banqueting hall below. Leading off from the Great Hall is the Tudor kitchen where haunches of venison and other cuts of meat would have been meticulously prepared for the delectation of the guests. This room has been painstakingly restored first by Lady Limerick (the last private resident of the house until her death in 1943) who added the mock-Tudor fireplace and then by Bexley Heritage Trust (who now manage Hall Place) so that today it looks exactly as it would have done 500 years ago and as such provides a window into a bygone age. The lower floor also boasts a chapel and an activity room where children and adults alike can quite literally touch the past via a series of interactive games designed to recreate the life and times of Hall Place in its heyday. Nearby is also the famed Hall Place turret. One of the most recognisable features of the house with its chequered white stone and flint cladding on the outside, its inside hides a far more sinister secret for it is here that the ghost of the Black Prince and Grey Lady are said to linger. The first floor of the Tudor building also contains the Great Chamber which today houses a museum exhibition which uses objects spanning a period of 10,000 years to chart Bexley's history from prehistoric times right up to the Blitz. Highlights of the display include flint tools used by the area's first primitive inhabitants and a giant woolly mammoth's tooth which was unearthed in Erith. Also of interest is the Long Gallery on the first floor which is impressive both for its commanding views of the rose beds and Queen's Beasts topiary display and for its interior design which includes Tudor designs (such as the mock-Medieval fireplace) and more modern styles (such as the floral motifs on the plaster ceiling). The Tudor house has something for everyone and when this is combined with Austen's red brick extension with its courtyard and clock tower (built in 1653), it means the house is one of the premier tourist attractions in the area. Equally as impressive as the house, are the 65 hectares of sprawling, award-winning Gardens in which it sits. These contain greenhouses (where you can see banana trees, fish and terrapins, owls and butterflies), formal Gardens (containing rose beds, herbaceous borders and the Queen's Beasts topiary display), model Gardens (which will supply inspiration to budding horticulturalists) and finally picnic areas. A recent £2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has also enabled the construction of a new visitor centre which houses a display on Hall Place's history as well as the new Stables Gallery where pieces of art by local artists are displayed. This grant also facilitated the construction of the Riverside Cafe where you can enjoy hot and cold snacks and refreshing beverages whilst soaking up the views of the nearby river which is brimming with wildlife all year round from Canada geese to sparkling kingfishers. In all Hall Place and its Gardens are a prized piece of local heritage which are fun for all the family! Hall Place can also be hired for weddings, conferences and other private events. In addition, Hall Place and Gardens has an exciting events and Exhibitions programme featuring open air theatre displays, Christmas Concerts, farmers' markets, craft fairs, wildlife events and much, much more. For more details please log onto our website. There is full disabled access to the house and there are wheelchairs available for free hire although the use of these needs to be pre-booked. There is also disabled parking, disabled toilets, a disabled lift and touch tours can be arranged upon request. Visiting Us If you are visiting Hall Place by car we are situated just off of Bourne Road (postcode DA5 1PQ) which lies near to the A2 and is 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M25 and 15 minutes from Junction 1 of the M20. Free parking for coaches and cars is available. To reach us by train the nearest station is Bexley Station which is just 15 minutes walk away. If you wish to take the bus the 229, 492, 132 and B12 buses all stop nearby. Hall Place is fully accessible by foot and by bike with several footpaths and bike lanes leading to the house. If you are coming by bike you are welcome to use the bike racks located in the car park. Opening Times and Admission Fees The house, visitor centre and cafe are open everyday (save for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. The admission fee for the house is £8 per adult, £6 per concession and £6 per under-16 year old. A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children can also be bought for £24. Admission is free for Friends of Bexley Heritage Trust, Annual Pass Holders and National Art Pass holders. National Trust members enjoy half admission price with individual tickets although not with group bookings. Guided tours of the house can also be pre-booked for a minimum of 12 people with the price being £7.50 per person. The Gardens are free and are open everyday from 9:00am till dusk. The glasshouses are open everyday from 10:00am till 5:00pm respectively. The Stables Gallery, Visitor Centre and Riverside Cafe can be accessed free of charge from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Contacting Us If you have any queries relating to hiring Hall Place for a private function, upcoming Exhibitions or anything else please contact us by logging onto our website or via the telephone.

Reviewed By Jacqueline O

Tea room, beautiful display Gardens, serene walks. This place is peaceful, quiet but vibrant in colour and has such an interesting house. You can buy plants or just walk through the grounds, admiring the beautifully laid out display Gardens. It's quite a small place and it doesn't take long to walk through it. I like to walk my dogs in the big sports park next door to it which has multiple football pitches and a sizeable stream running through it which my dogs love to paddle in when the sun is shining.

5. Penny Farthing

3 Empire Buildings Waterside, Crayford DA1 4JJ, England +44 7772 866645
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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5 based on 45 reviews

Penny Farthing

Reviewed By Elaine H - Crayford, United Kingdom

i lose my husband to this place every friday evening for a few hours ,the beer is good ,no phones allowed inside the pub and the ar of conversation is high on their agenda whivh is very rare these days as you are usually in competion with the sports tv being on in most local pubs

6. Swanley Park

New Barn Road, Swanley BR8 7PW, England +44 1322 668415
Excellent
41%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Swanley Park

Reviewed By robnkel01 - Maidstone

I was looking for somewhere to take my two children, 6 and 3 yrs, on a tight budget, and needing to pass a whole day! I looked at a few reviews for this place and decided to try it out! We packed towels and swimming costumes just in case we managed to get a space in the paddling pool and made the 30 minute drive. My expectations were quite low when I appeared to be driving into a housing estate but after I parked I was very pleasantly surprised!
Parking was £3 for the whole day - £2.50 if paying by card. The play area is large and has equipment for all ages and abilities. We arrived at just after 10am and the paddling pool had plenty of space - we made good use of this for an hour before going to get drinks and ice creams - £14 for 3 ice creams, 4 drinks AND a large tube of sunscreen. We then went for a walk around the lake, very pretty, quiet and pretty idyllic, with plenty of space for the kids to run, play, take games etc. We decided to see what the prices of the boatin lake were, I was very impressed with a family pedalo for £6 for a full half hour, I am not sure that this haf hour is even enforced unless it is very busy... a blissful half hour on the lake passed and the kids enjoyed watchin the terrapins divin in and out and meetin the ducks and eese as we floated about. Next we trotted down to the new barn railway and got on board the mini steam train, at £3.50 for all of us, I was again pleasantly surprised by how reasonable it was, we enjoyed a full round trip before the kids had a go on the bouncy castle, £1.50 per child but they were not asked to get off at all, I think the time is only monitored if it is busy, which it wasn't and so they got plenty of time, I had to prize them off with a bribe!
We then made use of the paddling pool again for an hour, the sand pit beyond the pool was large and looked good, it wasn't well used today but I feel that is because it was so hot, everyone wanted to be in the water! We made good use of everything that was on offer, and spent hardly anything! A brilliant day out for us all, and the kids went t bed early as they were so shattered! My only niggle about the whole place was the toilets, the portaloos had no tissue in any of them and were a bit smelly and unflushed. The actual toilets had supplies but were a bit grim, presumably due to everyone favourin these over the portable toilets and not treatin them very well. I would definitely recommend this place, in fact I have via social media, and will definitely return - MANY TIMES!.

7. Danson Park

Danson Park, Bexleyheath DA6 8HL, England +44 1322 526574
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Danson Park

Reviewed By bishopjonathanblake - London, United Kingdom

The lungs of the area, offering broad sweep views, cosy wooded walks, cultivated Gardens, breathtaking sunrises, mist laden lakes, fish filled streams, child friendly water play and equipment areas, the old stables now pub/restaurant, a mellow stoned manor house with tea rooms, a dog friendly refreshment area, tennis, bowls and the ever changing glories of the seasons in scent, bud, mulch, moist and blossom. A perfect delight.

8. Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation

Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford DA4 0JB, England +44 1322 866577
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 840 reviews

Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation

Reviewed By Paul M

My partner & I bought a VIP experience day on Groupon for a ridiculously cheap price. We were greeted by the lovely Abbie, who showed around & gave lots of interesting information on all the animals. Then for the first bird of prey flying display. After that was lunch £5 each towards lunch was included in the price. Then we got to handle an owl and a Harris hawk. After that cuddles with the huskies. Then the second display. Both displays were funny, informative and I got smacked on the head by a bald eagles wing. Didn’t hurt, but shows how close you are to the birds. Absolutely fantastic day, thank you Abbie x. Definitely coming again!!!

9. Intu Lakeside

West Thurrock Way, West Thurrock, Thurrock RM20 2ZP, England +44 1708 869933
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 708 reviews

Intu Lakeside

Reviewed By Hoppityskip - Basildon, United Kingdom

It would appear that Intu have decided to expand lKesibe, in itself no bad thing, but for heavens sake sort out the signage.
I have basically been parking in the same place since Lakeside opened, but went there last month to find the car park I use normally closed and I only discovered that when I came upon a dead end!
The peripheral Car parks are being used but loads of people wandering round looking lost trying to negotiate the path to the centre

10. Central Park

Dartford DA1 1EU, England
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Central Park

Reviewed By Geeza1969 - Dartford, Kent

Central Park has undergone a recent transformation with three climbing frames fir different age groups there is also a care there fir a well earned cup of coffee after all that pushing on swings slides climbing frames and running about all the green space

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