These are exciting times in Thurrock. We are set to help lead the nation to a brighter future as big plans for growth and regeneration start to become a reality. There has never been a better time to visit us.
Gateway to Great Britain
Thurrock is superbly positioned on the north bank of the River Thames at the junction of Greater London, Essex and Kent. For centuries past we have handled the imports and exports of Great Britain plc, and our role is about to become much bigger.
The nation's largest container port, DP World London Gateway is taking shape at the east of Thurrock. In the centre, the world famous Port of Tilbury is expanding. In West Thurrock ships have delivered goods for countless decades.
There is still more. Thurrock is home to Lakeside, one of the country's leading shopping malls. With its connected retail park, it is already among the largest retail areas in Europe. Yet things are changing here too as plans are forming to create a brand new town centre with offices, shops and homes.
Culture and creativity
To the west is Purfleet, home to the Royal Opera House and National Skills Academy for creative and cultural skills. Specialist artist studios are being developed here too, all at the home of historic Grade II listed barns, and within sight of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
We have a rich heritage. Tilbury Fort has been protecting London from seaward invaders from the 16th century to the second world war. Queen Elizabeth I famously came here and rallied her nearby army to face the threat of the Armada. Nowadays a Thames Path connects Tilbury Fort with nearby 19th century Coalhouse Fort - 300 years of great British history, side by side in Thurrock.
Somewhere to stay
A warm welcome awaits visitors to Thurrock. If you're planning a visit and looking for somewhere to stay you can find a selection to suit all budgets on Yell.com - hotels and inns in Thurrock.