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Tourism and Heritage Strategy

Last updated on: 25-Feb-2021

3. Connected for Visitors

The area of Gravesham has many advantages due to its location:

  • High Speed links to London St Pancras, excellent rail connections to London Charing Cross, London Victoria and other Kent destinations, including the Kent coast.
  • Proximity to Ebbsfleet International Station with Eurostar connectivity to Continental Europe.
  • Ease of connection to the national highway network via the A2/M2, M20 and M25, to the Channel Tunnel, Kent’s ports and national airports.
  • Gravesend’s historic role as the gateway to the Port of London on the River Thames, connection to the London International Cruise Terminal and plans for river commuter services.
  • Starting point/way mark for long distance walks and cycle routes - the Weald Way (Gravesend to Eastbourne), Saxon Shore Way (Gravesend to Rye), North Downs Way and National Cycle Route 1.
  • Historic crossing point of the Thames between Kent and Essex via the Gravesend & Tilbury Ferry.
  • High quality landscapes, characterful villages and heritage interest within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and surrounding countryside.

Gravesham is well placed to benefit from tourism, primarily for day visitors but with the potential to increase short stay visits, in guest accommodation and stays with friends and family.

Whilst progress is being made to develop Gravesham’s offer to visitors, it has yet to fully capitalise on the advantages of its location. These advantages make it possible for the area to become better known as a destination and as a base for a visit to London and Kent.

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