Coalhouse Fort Park is 400 metres south of East Tilbury Village on Princess Margaret Road. It is home to Coalhouse Fort, built during the 19th century to help protect the Thames estuary.
With its riverside location, Coalhouse Fort Park has a unique setting that makes 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 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
Engine Room Café
The Engine Room Café is near the entrance to the fort itself. Inside you can buy:
- hot and cold drinks
- hot and cold meals
The café is a great place to relax and enjoy a treat. It is open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 10am to 4pm, and stays open later during the summer months.
'Afternoon Tea' is available on request. Most major credit and debit cards are accepted.
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.
The ranger works 10 days on site and 4 days off-site – alternate weekends off.
Find out more about neighbouring St Catherine’s Church, East Tilbury Village.