Dartford Area Guide
Dartford offers the best of both worlds – a bustling commuter town that is well connected to London combined with stunning Kentish countryside. Buyers wanting bright lights and late nights can live in the centre of Dartford itself – which is undergoing an exciting regeneration - while semi-rural villages, including Hartley, Horton Kirby, Longfield and Wilmington, provide greener, tranquil settings.
Most road users will know Dartford’s location thanks to the QEII river crossing at junction 2 of the M25 and if you’re a shopper, Bluewater is Dartford’s close neighbour. The northern border of the town edges the River Thames looking out to Essex’s Purfleet, while the south of the town lies not far from Farningham and Eynsford.
The BIG 3:
- Own train station serving London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Victoria
- Additional stations at Farningham and Crayford
- Fast track bus service linking Dartford to Bluewater and Ebbsfleet International station
- Located at the point where the A2 meets the M25 at junction 2
- Home to the QEII river crossing to Essex
Dartford is known for its excellent primary, secondary and academy facilities, including Dartford Grammar and Wilmington Grammar – each with a school for boys and girls. There’s a ‘find-a-school’ facility on every one of our online property listings, where you can filter schools by age, type and Ofsted rating.
The shopping facilities are comprehensive, with both The Orchard and The Priory indoor shopping centres as well as Prospect Place. For even more choice, Bluewater is a short drive away. Sell-out performances are a regular occurrence at the Orchard Theatre and The Mick Jagger Centre, while the annual Dartford Festival continues to pull in the crowds. Balancing the bustle is acres of open space in the shape of Dartford Heath, Dartford Park and Darenth Country Park.
Food & Drink
Our Dartford staff recommend:
- The Horse And Groom in Wilmington, for home cooked food
- The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant, for Sunday lunches
- The Chequers in Darenth
- The Penny Farthing or the Dartford Jug microbreweries
- Industry or ATIK for late nights and dancing
- Carnaval Meat & Tapas restaurant
- Efes, for Turkish food
Start with a studio apartment and work your way up to a five-bedroom detached house without ever leaving Dartford. The east side of the town contains two and three-bedroom Victorian houses, and popular three-bedroom semi-detached homes. The west side of the town is noted for three-bed semi-detached houses and detached properties, and also benefits from some smaller two and three- bedroom homes. Over 1,500 new homes are being built in the town centre and around the station, for unbeatable brand new choice.
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