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Why Gravesham?

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

2. What Gravesham has to offer

Gravesham's advantages will commend themselves to the investor and visitor.  You will find it hard to match the good values in housing located in a quality environment when compared to other areas with similar journey times into London. 

All this coupled with high speed connections into London and Continental Europe. Where else in the south east can boast such a business location.

Town Centre

Gravesend Town Centre and the River Thames waterfront are now at the centre of plans for a major revival which is attracting investors, businesses, new residents and visitors alike.

The town has a range of specialist independent retailers, as well as established High Street names, including Debenhams, WH Smith, Boots and Primark.

Gravesend Town Centre


Gravesham has new housing at Springhead Park, Southfields, Christian Fields and riverside apartments at the Canal Basin overlooking the Thames. More than 2,000 new homes have been developed in recent years, including affordable housing within the mix. This is very important as it provides first time buyers, key and lower wage workers and existing residents with quality housing.


There are four universities – Greenwich University, University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University for the Creative Arts - just 20 minutes by car and rail from Gravesend at a shared purpose-built campus in Medway.

North West Kent College's main campus is also at Gravesend and has been transformed with a programme of new build.

Gravesham has two grammar schools and an excellent range of secondary and primary schools, some of which benefited from central government capital investment. Gravesham is also the location of Cobham Hall Girls, Bronte and Gad's Hill independent fee-paying schools.

Riverside Heritage and Leisure

Our partners, with us, have undertaken a number of heritage regeneration projects, including the £3 million renovation of the Grade II listed Town Pier, the oldest cast iron pier in the world. After decades of decay it is again accessible to the public, with a stunning bar and restaurant, joining a string of river side pubs and restaurants with dramatic views of the river. These alone are an excellent reason to visit Gravesend.

A new pontoon off the Town Pier provides modern facilities to receive visiting leisure craft from London or those coming up river from the North Sea and Continental Europe. A half hourly foot passenger ferry service links Gravesend from the pontoon to Tilbury, giving access to London International Cruise Terminal on the northern bank of the Thames. We are developing long-term potential for new ferry routes from the pontoon to access London Docklands and employment sites such as the new London Gateway deep water container port six miles upstream from the town on the northern banks of the Thames.

A £2 million refurbishment of the Riverside Leisure Area to the east of Gravesend Town Centre has been completed, further enhancing the attractiveness of this riverside vantage point for visitors and residents. The Port of London has its main headquarters in the Town contributing to the £150 million that river-related business brings into the local economy per year and the 1,543 jobs it directly supports.

Gravesend Pier

Copyright: James Arthur


More than 80% of the borough to the south of the A2 is rural with historic villages and exceptional countryside, some of which is designated as part of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has strong literary connections with Charles Dickens. Lots has been done to protect and open up the countryside to public access including a £14 million investment in the restoration of the historic landscape at Cobham Park, new orchards and meadows within the Forestry Commission's community woodland site at Jeskyn's Farm and at Shorne Woods Country Park, one of the most popular country parks in Kent.

Cobham Village


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