Tilbury in Essex is a relatively new town, having only been established in the 19th century.
Forming part of the Borough of Thurrock, it is now an important part of the local community and economy, particularly when the port itself is taken into account.
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Although the town itself only came into being in the 19th century, the area around it has an abundance of history, all of which is fascinating. This is where a Roman settlement was once situated, probably due to the location of the River Thames.
It is believed that Tilbury Docks is built on this site. Author Daniel Defoe lived here, and Queen Elizabeth I visited in 1588 in order to rally her troops.
Of the places to visit in Tilbury, Tilbury Fort is probably the most well-known. This impressive structure, but by Henry VIII in 1539 was once called the The Hermitage Bulwark (it was built on the site of a hermitage). It was used to great effect during the Armada Campaign in 1588 and was reinforced at that time. It is possible to visit the fort today.
Cruises from Tilbury
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Port of Tilbury, Tilbury, Essex RM18 7LA, United Kingdom
The Port of Tilbury is most commonly associated with road haulage and freight vessel services. As such the London Tilbury Cruise Terminal doesn't have fantastic road signage.
The unassuming terminal building sits at the very end of the A1089 to the south of Tilbury town. The A1089 runs northwards to the A13 that travels east to west.
The M25 is easily accessible from the A13 as is the Dartford Crossing that crosses the River Thames. The road links make it an ideal port for those living in Essex or near to the bounds of the M25.
Long stay on-site parking is available at the port but needs to be pre-booked through the cruise line. In May 2016 the cost of this was £11 per 24 hours for cruises under 29 nights or £7 per 24 hours for cruises of 30 nights or more in duration.
Getting there by coach
National Express runs a service that stops at Dartford Bus Station near Bluewater Shopping Centre but that's as close as they get to the port. The nearest train station is Greenhithe (for Bluewater) and its possible to get a train from here to Tilbury. It's not the easiest one hour journey though as it will require three changes. Local bus services might be a better option or a taxi although expect that to be pricey.
Route 007 runs from London to Deal through Dartford, Canterbury and Dover.
Route 022 runs from Ramsgate into London with stops at Margate, Caterbury and Dartford.
Getting there by train
The nearest station is Tilbury Town railway station, 1 mile (about 2 kilometres) from the terminal.
While the town may be on the fringe of London there are excellent services to London and to Southend. Central London is a mere 45 minute journey. Birmingham is 3 hours away, Cardiff and Manchester are 4 hours away, and even Edinburgh is only 6¼ hours away. Plan your journey here.