Things to do in Tilbury
Map & nearby attractions
How do I get to Tilbury from London?
To get to Tilbury from London, take the c2c train from Fenchurch Street station for 40 minutes and alight at Tilbury Town station. With our online advance discount you can get a return train ticket for £8.00. We don’t charge booking fees when you book direct – find out more about our off-peak fare offers here.
Where is Tilbury?
Tilbury is situated in Thurrock in Essex, just east of greater London and alongside the Thames river.
What is the history of Tilbury?
Tilbury is not only famous for its ferry to Gravesend. Its history is closely connected to its geographical and industrial roots on the marshy banks of the river Thames. Archaeological evidence suggests Roman occupation, and in 1588 Queen Elizabeth I came ashore here to deliver her famous “I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too” speech to the Troops at Tilbury, cementing it as an important military hub.
What are the things to do in Tilbury?
Explore historic Essex to take a trip through history by visiting the 16th century Tilbury Fort which was built to protect London from attacks from the sea, and was active until the Second World War and is now owned by English Heritage. A similar place to visit is the Coalhouse Fort – a large casemated fort that holds memorabilia from World Wars I and II.
Kids will love Walton Hall Farm – they have an indoor soft play area with a cafe as well as an outdoor park. You can also visit Thurrock Thames Nature Park which is excellent for family days out – enjoy stunning views of the Thames Estuary from the rooftop viewing deck, grab a cuppa from the café, or check out the gift shop for a souvenir.
For something a bit different, visit the deserted Bata shoe factory and fill up your Instagram with some early examples of modernist architecture.
What is the Tilbury ferry?
There is a ferry service from Tilbury to Gravesend that operates from Monday to Saturday. Tickets start at £4 for adults and £2 for children – learn more here.
Can we tempt you?
London Fenchurch Street