Coalhouse Fort Park is 400 metres south of East Tilbury Village on Princess Margaret Road. With its riverside location, the park has a unique setting making it one of the most interesting open spaces to visit in Thurrock.
The park has been given the Green Flag Award. This award is the national standard for parks and green spaces across England and Wales.
The park is located next to the River Thames. It is ideal for quiet riverside walks and family days out, and is a great place to start exploring the local area.
Features of the park include:
- a free car park
- picnic areas in a parkland setting (no barbecues)
- toilets with disabled facilities
- a children’s play area
- a ranger on site most days
The park's ecological significance is one of its prime assets. There are conservation management schemes in place to maintain and enhance its natural habitats.
The saltmarsh has been identified as nationally and internationally important and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site.
Dogs should be kept under control within the nature conservation areas.
Coalhouse Fort is open on the last Sunday of every month between March and November and also on Bank Holidays. A guided tour is included in the entrance fee and there are several special event days each year, including classic cars, military history and Halloween nights.
The fort was built between 1861 and 1874 partly under the direction of General Gordon (of Khartoum) and was one of a number of forts built to fortify the River Thames estuary. The fort stands within a parkland setting and features a number of World War 2 gunnery posts.
The Coalhouse Fort Project website is maintain by volunteers and provides information about their work, events programme and the fort itself.
Mobile Explorer app
The Thurrock Mobile Explorer iPhone app is available for free download and is an exciting way to explore the hidden secrets of Coalhouse Fort Park and the Bata Reminiscence Trail in East Tilbury. Compatible devices are available from the park ranger.
The ranger works 10 days on site and 4 days off (alternate weekends off).
Find out more about the Bata Reminiscence Trail and St Catherine’s Church, East Tilbury Village.