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.

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Tilbury places to go

Explore 16th century Tilbury Fort, now owned by English Heritage, or visit 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 play area, or if you want to get them outside then try Thurrock Thames Nature Park. For something a bit different visit the deserted Bata shoe factory and fill up your instagram with some early examples of modernist architecture.

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