Things to do in Dartford, Kent

Situated in the glorious Kent countryside, you’d never guess that Thistle Brands Hatch hotel in Dartford is just 17 miles by road from the City of London. Close to the M25, it’s also within easy reach of London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the Channel Tunnel and the new Eurostar terminal at Ebbsfleet.

Arts & Culture

  • Orchards Theatre - 6.5 Miles

    Located in the heart of Dartford’s town centre, the Orchard offers a range of entertainment from leading West End musicals, top comedians, bands, dramas, dance, classical music and opera. And, of course, the ever popular annual pantomimes.

Outside of the city

  • The Hop Farm Family Park - 14.9 Miles

    This 400-acre Country Park in Beltring, near East Peckham, is perfect for families with children under 11 years old. Immerse yourself in many activities, indoor and out, during your visit. There really is something for everyone.

  • Leeds Castle - 27.2 Miles

    Known as the loveliest castle in the world, Leeds Castle is set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent. It has been fortified for more than 900 years but now welcomes families, concert-goers and visitors of all ages.

  • Trosley Country Park - 6.5 Miles

    170 acres of beautiful woodland and chalk downland on the North Downs. The Park includes many activities for children and a family café.


  • Rajdhani Indian Restaurant - 1.4 Miles

    Good quality, friendly, local restaurant, just five minutes’ drive from the hotel.

  • The Swan, West Malling - 11.7 Miles

    A Michelin listed brasserie and bar with alfresco and private dining, a terrace garden and marquee. The menus reflect a signature British style with seasonal produce grown and reared by local farmers.


  • Bluewater Shopping Centre - 5.7 Miles

    One of Europe's largest shopping and entertainment complexes attracting 28 million shoppers each year. Over 330 stores to choose from including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser.


  • Brands Hatch Circuit - 0.2 Miles

    No stay at the Thistle Brands Hatch would be complete without a visit to the world famous motor racing circuit on our doorstep. Venue for 12 runnings of the British Grand Prix it now hosts hospitality, track days, testing and driving experiences.

  • London Golf Club - 2.6 Miles

    This nearby club is home to European Tour PGA events and more recently to ‘Golf Live’. The Heritage and The International courses offer a challenging, enjoyable and memorable golf experience.

Tourist Spot

  • Lakeside Shopping Centre - 9.1 Miles

    Over 250 stores within the shopping centre - and together with the retail park, it forms one of the largest shopping destinations in the UK.

  • O2 Arena - 19.8 Miles

    The O2 Arena is a world of entertainment under one roof, from rock and pop concerts, exhibitions to sporting events. Even if you don’t have tickets to a specific event, the Entertainment Avenue is open for anyone to visit.

  • Hever Castle - 15.3 Miles

    Hever Castle sits in the Kent countryside in the village of Hever. Lavished with antiques and works of art, surrounded by beautiful and extensive gardens and steeped in history, Hever Castle is an excellent destination for a day out.

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