Thames Riverside

Take time to explore the Gravesham's heritage riverside and to view the variety of shipping entering and leaving the Port from a number of publicly accessible vantage points.

The River Thames, England's most important river, is the lifeblood of the towns of Gravesend and Northfleet and has played a central role in the history and life of the towns and the environs beyond its shores. Even before the Romans founded London, the Thames was a focus for trade and transport, providing a major artery for the country. As such Gravesend is regarded as the gateway into the Port of London.

The River is of great importance to Gravesend today as an operational base for the Port of London Authority and other river-related services and is experiencing a revitalisation with improving public access to the river, new restaurants and bars and additional riverside moorings.

During the Spring and Summer months visitors can now experience and enjoy sailing day trips on the Thames from the newly installed Town Pier Pontoon. The local ferry linking Gravesend and Tilbury is also using the brand new facility.

To check Gravesend tide please have a look at the tide tables published by Port of London Authority.


River Cruises

May to September

Explore the lower reaches of the River Thames with a rewarding trip either upstream to Greenwich and London or out into the Thames Estuary and Southend. A fascinating and rewarding trip is guaranteed with onboard commentary.

The MV Princess Pocahontas , run by the Lower Thames and Medway Passenger Boat Co Ltd, operates from the West Street Pier, Gravesend. For more information, timetable and pricing visit or telephone 01732 353448.

August to September

Top Sails Charters will be berthing at the Town Pier Pontoon in Gravesend to offer visitors half day sailing trips on the Thames. Those trips will either be bookable through Gravesend Visitor Centre or Top Sails direct.   

NEW! We are now booking for JetStream Tours. Enjoy an exhilarating jet powered experience along the River Thames at Gravesend. You are guaranteed to have an adrenaline filled ride onboard Kent's only Jetboat!

September to October

Between September to October, enjoy a pleasure cruise on board the "PS Waverley'.

Various day and evening cruises are available including Tower Bridge, Southend, Clacton-on-Sea, Whitstable, River Medway, Margate, and White Cliffs of Dover.

For more information about the various trips and to book places, please contact Gravesend Visitor Centre, Towncentric, on 01474 33 76 00 or email .