Travel to Dartford
Nestled in a valley overlooking the River Thames, the town of Dartford boasts excellent transport links to London
, as well as Europe's largest shopping centre and an array of green spaces. Oh, and it's also the birthplace of two of the world's greatest rock and roll icons, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. What's not to like?
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Now it's fair to assume that the residents of Dartford tend to head to London for a spot of retail therapy, correct? Think again. Bluewater
, Europe's largest shopping centre, is located in a former quarry on the outskirts of the town. Set across 240 acres, it's home to over 300 shops, sixty restaurants and 13,000 parking spaces – attracting upwards of 28 million visitors every year. There's even a Pirate Cove Adventure Park complete with crazy golf and waterfalls – perfect for winding down after a day's shopping.
If you fancy a bit of culture instead then venture into the city centre, where you can get up close to the Dartford Parish Church of Holy Trinity
, which was originally built way back in 1080.
Elsewhere, why not take advantage of the free entry to Dartford Museum
? Here you'll find everything from plants and insects in the natural history section, to ancient artefacts and art dating back hundreds of years.
Explore the outdoors
Dartford's Central Park may not be quite as spacious as its New York City namesake, but it still boasts everything from skate parks and free-to-use fitness equipment, to play areas, picnic zones and pathways. It's particularly impressive during the warmer months when its countless flowerbeds come to life.
At nearby Dartford Heath
, meanwhile, visitors can explore an area of outstanding natural beauty, complete with dense woodland, ponds, vast grassland and an array of wildlife set across 361 eye-catching acres.