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in the county of Kent

About Greenhithe

Greenhithe is an area of Kent found sandwiched between the River Thames and Watling. It has a history stretching back to Roman times, but reached its "hey-day" when it became a popular Victorian resort. The town was sufficiently away from the city for Londoner's to reach easily via pleasure craft or railway and it is believed to have been known as "one of the prettiest town's on the river". It is therefore not surprising to learn that Queen Victoria boarded the then Royal Yacht - Victoria and Albert - whilst it was moored off Greenhithe in August of 1863.

The river has always been a focus of life in these parts. In the middle of the 18th century the ship H.M.S. Worcester was set up as a Training School for Officers, she was moored in Greenhithe in 1871. It was only later in the 20th century after various training ships had succeeded each other that the Training School became part of the Merchant Navy College at Greenhithe and the latest version of the original Worcester was sold for scrap.

Several gracious properties from Victorian times still remain to be seen, these sit easily alongside some of the town's modern housing, and smart shopping mall's such as the large Blue Water Shopping centre. Avid shoppers will find everything here, choice stores with fashion, jewellery, arts and crafts, and the more mundane everyday utilities. Local St. Mary's Church is well worth a visit, and visitors will find attractive parks and open spaces. For refreshment there is a good selection of cafe's, pubs, and restaurants.

Greenhithe is a good place for watching the busy working life of the River Thames, it is adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, the Dartford Crossing, and there are views towards West Thurrock on the opposite side of the river.

Recommended towns & villages near Greenhithe

Clocktower of St George's Church, Gravesend, Kent

Gravesend (270 Pictures) in the county of Kent

(3.9 miles, 6.3 km, direction E of Greenhithe)

Attractive old town overlooking the Thames estuary with walkways and picnic sites ideal for watching the busy water traffic, for this stretch of the river is said to be one of the busiest in the world...

View of the house and gardens at Eltham Palace, South London.

Eltham (37 Pictures) in the county of Greater London

(9.9 miles, 15.9 km, direction W of Greenhithe)

The attractive suburb of Eltham is part of the urban sprawl of Greater London...

Greenwich, Greater London

Greenwich (330 Pictures) in the county of Greater London

(12.5 miles, 20.2 km, direction W of Greenhithe)

The might of british sea-power and the historic town of Greenwich are inseparable. Two famous English sea-faring vessels are here, one is the Cutty Sark, a famous old clipper that shipped tea from China in the 19th-century, and the other, from the 20th-century is Gypsy Moth 1V, sailed round the world by Sir Francis Chichester...

Part of the High street, Aylesford, Kent

Aylesford (50 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Kent

(13.3 miles, 21.3 km, direction SE of Greenhithe)

Aylesford is a large village in Kent, 4 miles NW of the county town of Maidstone. It sits on the river Medway, and has many interesting and historic buildings including the 14th.....

Leigh on Sea

Leigh-on-Sea (58 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Essex

(17.2 miles, 27.7 km, direction NE of Greenhithe)

At Leigh, visitors will find a small sandy beach and a narrow High Street containing lovely old fishermen's cottages. The resort is situated close to Leigh Marsh Nature Reserve and Two Tree Island, a lonely expanse of windswept grass and saltings...

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A picture of Tilbury Fort

Tilbury Fort (16 Pictures)

(3.9 miles, 6.3 km, direction E)


A picture of New Tavern Fort

New Tavern Fort (2 Pictures)

(4.1 miles, 6.6 km, direction E)

Amongst the fascination of the waterfront at Gravesend is New Tavern Fort, and although the fort was re-armed in 1904 and guns.....

West side of Hall Place, Bexley

Hall Place (36 Pictures)

(4.9 miles, 8.0 km, direction W)


Eynsford Castle, Eynsford, Kent

Eynsford Castle (10 Pictures)

(6.1 miles, 9.9 km, direction SW)

The ruinous walls of Eynsford Castle in parts stand 30ft high, they are a relic of one of the earliest stone enclosure castles.....

Red House, Bexleyheath, home of William Morris, NT property

Red House (9 Pictures)

(6.5 miles, 10.5 km, direction W)

Philip Webb (1831-1915) was the first significant architect of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the Red House he built in 1859.....

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent.

Lullingstone Roman Villa (17 Pictures)

(6.8 miles, 11.0 km, direction SW)

The remarkable remains of Lullingstone Roman Villa lay hidden for centuries, and were only revealed in excavations of 1939. Prior.....

Coldrum Long Barrow - the least-damaged megalithic longbarrow in Kent.

Coldrum Long Barrow (9 Pictures)

(9.9 miles, 15.9 km, direction SE)


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