Dartford Mini Guide
Why Visit Dartford?
Dartford is a small town which has a great deal of industrial and cultural importance which was home to one of the very first paper mills in England. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones was born in Dartford and went to grammar school there.
Where is it and How Can I Get There?
The town of Dartford is located around 16 miles from London
to the south east. It is the primary town in the borough of Dartford. The railway station in the town is on three routes and there are a number of roads into the town centre. If you can't find the type of hire car you are looking for in Dartford, we have over 50 other locations around London and the UK with comprehensive coverage, see it here
What’s the Story?
Dartford is near the River Darent from where its name is derived. The old London to Dover road crossed there and so Darent and ford were combined to make Dartford. Dartford’s industrial beginnings were around the River Darent and included brewing ales and beers plus the cleaning of wool called fulling.
What is of Interest?
The Mick Jagger Centre for Arts and The Orchard Theatre are Dartford’s two performing arts houses. There is also a museum located in the library building and a 26 acre park in the town centre. The annual dartford Festival is the largest free event in the southeast of England and this year will incorporate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Travelling beyond Dartford?
There are plenty of places outside of Dartford that can be reached by car including Rainham Hall and Red House; both are around 5 miles away. For the golfer there are plenty of courses close by in the surrounding area.
Shopping and Souvenirs
Everyone loves to shop and the Orchards Shopping Centre in the town has dozens of retailers, barrow traders and a coffee shop.
Wine and Dine in Dartford
There is plenty of choice when it comes to food with the likes of Nandos, TGI Friday’s and Pizza Express. For something different, head to The Plough, a modern British Gastropub. that serves a wide range of dishes. For the night time there are no end of pubs and clubs like The Crayford Arms, Tollgate or The Windmill.
Dartford has a lot of history attached to because of the Roman road from the South Coast to London and because of the town’s importance for pilgrims to Canterbury and the shrines of the continent.
Today much of the evidence of its historical past comes from its industrial heritage and the town museum details how the first paper mill in Britain was set up here using the water from the river. The Darent was also useful for other industries including fulling and what was then the country’s largest mustard processing factory!