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The local area guide to living in Gravesend

The semi-rural market town of Gravesend can be found in Kent on the south bank of the River Thames, just 22 miles from the heart of London. Its convenient placement near the M25 offers useful links to locations around the UK, including transport to London, Kent and Essex.

The town itself is rich with history, and played an important role as a maritime gateway to the Port of London, with the shipping industry previously a crucial source of trade and method of transport. The town is also home to various historical landmarks, such as the 14th Century Milton Chantry, Windmill Hill and the town pier which to this day is the oldest cast iron pier listed in the world.

There are a vast range of houses on offer and the majority of the centre of Gravesend is comprised of Victorian, terraced houses. However, more and more contemporary-style modern houses are springing up around the town, and large country houses with acres of land are often located towards the outskirts of the town.

Information about the local residents

Currently, the population sits at 55,000 – a number which has steadily increased since 2000 as the population of the town grows. Of this, nearly half the residents are below the age of 30.

Given the huge service industry in the town, and indeed the direct high speed train available to London, it is no surprise that a large portion of residents are younger inhabitants seeking better employment prospects, with 60% still being of working age. That’s not to say the area doesn’t have an appeal for the older generations as well, with its rich heritage, and close location to Ebbsfleet International, which provides rail links to and from Europe for those wishing to travel.

The area is very multicultural, and contains several places of worship, including the 250 year old St George’s Church, as well as what is thought to be the largest Sikh temple in Europe.

Nearby schools

A great primary school option is St. John’s Catholic Primary and Comprehensive School, which has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. For those seeking an independent institution there is the Bronte School for children aged 4 and above, and Gads Hill School for those aged 3 and up.

Secondary education is also offered at various schools and colleges, including but not limited to Gravesend Grammar School, Mayfield Grammar School and the International Baccalaureate World school Cobham Hall; a boarding school for girls aged 11-18.

Getting around

The more recent addition of the high speed train through Kent has made Gravesend a highly desirable location. Given its close proximity to Ebbsfleet International, commuters have flocked to the town in recent years, keen to take advantage of the convenient links into London. Indeed, London St Pancras is a mere 17 minutes away by train, and a short trip to Ashford International provides links to Europe.

Travel is certainly not limited to the railroads though. Various bus routes are available – the most popular of which drives directly to the popular Bluewater Shopping Centre. Also nearby are two main airports, London Stansted and London Gatwick.

The close proximity to the M25 makes Gravesend particularly convenient for those with their own forms of transportation as well. With the town itself being fairly central to various major cities, the transport options are a major benefit to both commuters and those wishing to take a day trip

Local shops

Gravesend is rich with things to do and places to see. The heritage of the town is diverse and interesting, particularly when discovering the strong associations to various important historical figures such as Dickens and Pocahontas. Several attractions showing these links can be found scattered around Gravesend.

For those with a more contemporary taste, there are two main shopping centres, and the well-known Bluewater Shopping Centre is just a short drive down the M25.

The town centre has a vast range of shops and boutiques, as well as an ample selection of restaurants and takeaways, ranging from Thai to Indian cuisine.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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