The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Dartford
Welcome to our ultimate guide to living, working, and visiting Dartford. Use the handy links below to skip the section you would like to read!
Everything from population statistics, demographics and crime rates can be found in this section.
Find here the cost of living in Dartford, how much a detached house might cost and how much you can expect to pay for rent. Learn about the best schools in the area and the convenient transport links connecting the town to other major locations across the UK.
If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Dartford, find here in this section everything from the best places to stay to where to take the kids for a fun day out to where to grab a cheeky cocktail and everything in between.
Located in an area known locally as the London Basin, Dartford is a commuter town that lies southeast of central London offering fantastic community links to the bigger cities and towns of the area. With the River Darent flowing through the town centre, Dartford was once a historically important market town and has a long history intertwined with religion and cultural importance.
What is the population of Dartford?
The Office for National Statistics states that as of 2018, Dartford had an estimated population of 109,709. The Dartford postcode area or Borough of Dartford is thought to be home to over 466,000 residents as of 2019, according to Plumplot.
Dartford has seen substantial population growth since 2002, growing 15.9% in 17 years. The average age of residents, as of 2019, was an estimated 39.9 years old which is slightly lower than the national average of 40.5 years old.
Crime in Dartford
Crime Rate reports that Dartford is among the top 10 most dangerous medium sized towns inKent and is the 31st most dangerous place in Kent overall. With a crime rate of 98 crimes per 1,000 people in 2020, Dartford has a higher crime rate than both the national average (96.4) and Kent (85).
In November 2020, Dartford had the worst crime rates for Shoplifting in Kent, with a Shoplifting crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 people, but Dartford really saw a downfall in December 2020 when it became the most dangerous place in Kent for theft with a crime being committed for every 100 people.
Living in Dartford
With high employment rates, excellently rated schools, and efficient transportation for commuting, it’s no surprise that Dartford is becoming a favourite for families, couples, and singletons alike. Benefiting from well established connections to central London and the beauty of the Kent countryside, Dartford is a hotspot for relocation.
House Prices in Dartford
The cost of living is slightly lower in Dartford and Kent as a whole when compared to more expensive areas of the UK like the southern coast, but property prices are higher than England’s average.
How Much is a Property in Dartford?
As of July 2021, the average price of a property in Dartford is £354,096, which is a 7.69% increase compared to the last 12 months.
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The cost of a property to buy in Dartford is higher than the average for England, this is because of the proximity that Dartford has to London.
Renting in Dartford
Renting in Dartford is more reasonably priced than buying a property, and is more in line with the rest of Kent and the South East.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent in Dartford?
To rent a flat in Dartford you can expect to pay £1,138 per calendar month. This is similar to the average of the South East, which in May 2021 stood at £1,095 pcm, and Greater London, which stands at £1,583 pcm.
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What Neighbourhoods in Dartford are the Best?
The safest neighbourhoods in Dartford are Belvedere and Eynsford, which has a family vibe to it making it a good place to move to if you are trying to get on the property ladder or have a family.
If you are looking for larger Victorian properties with 4 or 5 bedrooms, then you might want to venture to the east side of Dartford, whereas the west side is home to 3 bed detached and semi-detached homes and smaller 2 bed properties.
Schools in Dartford
Dartford is known for its excellent primary and secondary schools and is home to a few academies and grammar schools too.
There are 9 primary schools in the Dartford Area that have a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted or higher, with The Brent Primary School the standout with a rating of ‘Outstanding’. Catering for children aged 4-11 this academy, Brent Primary offers an outstanding education for children, from early development to honing their English and Maths skills. A very popular school, they are larger than most primary schools in the area and are often oversubscribed.
There are 5 schools available to choose from in the Dartford area for children ages 11-18. Most have a rating of ‘Good’ from Ofsted but unfortunately one does have an inspection rating of ‘Requires Improvement’. Local favourite are the Wilmington Academy and The Leigh UTC.
There are 4 main grammar schools for children of Dartford to attend in the area. Dartford Grammar School and its counterpart Dartford Grammar School for Girls have both received a rating of ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted, with the rival Willington Grammar School for Girls also receiving an ‘outstanding’ mark but their counterpart only receiving ‘Good’ from Ofsted.
To attend either of the grammar schools, a child must meet testing requirements and be eligible to apply for admission.
Dartford Transport Links
As a commuter town, Dartford is linked well to other larger cities and towns and even has relatively impressive internal transportation links.
Served by several train stations, Dartford offers the commuters favourite mode of transport with ease. Dartford train station is a short walk from the town centre and runs through to London Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, London Bridge and London Victoria. The North Kent line also runs through Dartford and offers access to Medway Towns and the Kent Coast.
Not only is there an efficient system of local bus routes that connect one part of Dartford to another, nut thanks to the A2 and M25 there are multiple links that connect Dartford to other locations such as Bluewater, Greenhithe, North Ken and South East London.
Linked by the A2, Dartford is connected to London and offers an easy drive into the nation’s capital, whereas travelling along the M25 gives access to Essex and the northbound M25 for travel North.
Heading south on the M25, move onto the M20 to get access to Maidstone, Folkstone and Dover or move onto the M23 to get to Gatwick Airport or Brighton. Follow the A3 further and reach Guildford and Portsmouth, with the M3 taking you to Southampton.
A good location to visit if you want to perhaps be able to hop into London but then also experience a countryside holiday, Dartford offers you the best of both worlds.
Staying Overnight in Dartford
A familiar face that you might see if you visit Dartford is the
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This well-known hotel chain offers comfortable beds, easy access to some of Dartford’s biggest attractions and all at a reasonable price! With a rating of 4/5 on Trip Advisor, past customers are singing the hotel staffs praises in the reviews. A great place to stay whether for business or leisure.
If you are looking for a boutique experience, with fabulous dining and spa facilities, then a stay at Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa is a must. The luxury 4 star hotel is situated in the heart of Dartford and is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. With a rating of 4 on Trip Advisor, this is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
The Holiday Inn Express in Dartford is another well known hotel brand that has great reviews on Trip Advisor (4 out of 5) and offers comfort with little touches of luxury. In a prime location to explore the local surroundings, this the perfect place for a quick overnight stay in Dartford.
Attractions in Dartford
To Do with the Kids: Dinotropolis
Discover a hidden world of long forgotten dinosaurs, where you can go wild in the Dino Jungle, race around the Raptor Run, discover your passion for archology as you dig for fossils and let your inner scientist explore in the Discovery Cove.
With a 3 story soft play, themed café, and endless adventures to be had, this is a must do if you have kids.
For a Bit of Culture: The Orchard
Whether it’s visiting the kookiest family around, heading back to Rydell High or reliving cult classics, there are plenty of shows to enjoy. From family tales to adult favourite, be sure to secure you seat at The Orchard.
Family Day Out: Central Park
Ranging across 26 acres, this wide open space is perfect for a family day out when the weather is nice. Grab a picnic basket and head over to one of the large open spaces, wonder through the ornamental gardens or even play in the local park. If you’re lucky enough to visit in July, you might catch the Dartford Festival which is also held here.
Top 10 Things to Do in Dartford
- The Orchard Theatre
- Central Park
- Brooklands Lake
- Darenth Country Park
- Beacon Woods Country Park
- Joyden’s Wood
- Darent Valley Path
- Stephen Oliver: Studio & Gallery
- The Manor Gatehouse
Shopping in Dartford
If you are looking to loosen the purse strings, the best place to go in Dartford is Bluewater. Home to big named brands such as Apple, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Coach, Levi’s, and Pandora just to name a few, this is definitely the place to visit for a little bit of retail therapy. But the fun doesn’t stop there, whilst window shopping might sound fun for some its not always for others, so why not visit the Gravity Trampoline Park, Bluewater Nature Trail or one watch a movie in the state of the art Cinema. With so much to do here, it is so much more than a shopping centre, it’s an experience.
Hop across the River Thames and you’ll find Lakeside, a recently revamped shopping centre to rival nearby Bluewater. Find here the classic high street shopping experience, from Boots to Zara and everything in between there are plenty of shops to mooch around and maybe buy a few things. Complete your shopping experience with a trip to the food court, which is full of trusty food favourites like Wagamama, Taco Bell and Nando’s.
A Night on the Town
If you just looking for a quiet drink, cheeky couple of cocktails or are just in the mood to dance the night away, Dartford has somewhere you can haunt.
The Best Bars in Dartford
Recipient of the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award 2020, The Dartford Jug, is a local favourite. With a great atmosphere, an extensive range of real ales and a hefty selection of gins, this place is a little bit lower key and is a great place to visit for a relaxing drink.
If you have been hitting the shops, Browns is the perfect place to finish your day. Grab a cocktail, taste some artisan wine, or experience some local ales as you relax in this effortless chic bar and restaurant. This is a great place to visit perhaps on date night, where you grab a quick drink before dinner and a movie or end the night on a high experiencing some local cuisine.
The Best Pubs in Dartford
The Orange Tree offers traditional country dining and is the perfect place to visit for pub grub and a beer. What’s even better about this pub is that on a Friday and Saturday night local bands and DJs are known to make a regular appearance.
A traditional pub experience, The Malt Shovel, offers real ales, home-cooked food and a spacious beer garden all set in a pub dating back to the 15th century. Sit in the spacious and newly refurbished beer garden on a sunny day with a cool drink and you’ll understand why The Malt Shovel is a fan favourite.
If you are searching for the perfect Sunday roast, then a visit to The Wharf is a must! Not only is it stylish, modern, and effortlessly chic, but they boast a wide food menu which is sure to please even the fussiest taste buds. We suggest dining on the waterfront if the weather will allow as the view of the lake is a spectacular view to take in whilst eating.
Clubbing in Dartford
Local party goes will say that if you are planning to go clubbing in Dartford, then a trip to Atik, is a must. The largest club in town offers a different party every night at the weekend. From DJs to club classics to live performances this is a clubbing experience you won’t want to miss.
Top 10 Places to Eat in Dartford
- The Chequers
- Miller and Carter
- Sedir Restaurant
- The Beacon Beefeater
- Dosa House
- The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant
- The Malt Shovel
- Carnaval Meat & Tapas Restaurant Cocktail Bar
- Assos Restaurant
Need a Locksmith in Dartford?
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