Thurrock’s Tilbury Fort is a short stroll from the Cruise Terminal, providing a fine example of 17th century military engineering and the local Thurrock Museum also houses a fascinating collection of history, heritage and archaeology of the area. Click here for more information on Tilbury Fort.
Coalhouse Fort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, stands within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is a RAMSAR conservation wetland site. In 2010, these characteristics were recognised by the conferment of the prestigious Green Flag award, distinguishing Coalhouse Fort Park as one of the best open spaces in the country. The Park is located adjacent to the River Thames and offers a unique combination of saltmarsh and grassland habitat, historic features, parkland, play provision and wildlife. Click here for more information on Coalhouse Fort.
You can trace numerous literary and film connections to Gravesend: Learn about the historic places of worship and the famous people associated with the Borough. Famous names include Charles Dickens who lived and died at Gad’s Hill Place and Pocahontas who’s buried at St George’s Church. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) comprises locally distinctive villages, unique and precious wildlife and sites of historic and cultural interest.
With Bluewater Shopping Centre just a bus ride away from Gravesend. Stretch your legs in the countryside then shop and unwind at the bars & restaurants.
Looking for things to do in Gravesend? Click here for things to do in Gravesend.
Nearby Lakeside Shopping Centre offers unrivalled shopping experiences, each with over 300 shops, numerous cafes, bars and restaurants - perfect for tourist passengers and ships’ crew alike. Click here for more information on Lakeside Shopping Centre.
125 acres in size and declared an SSSI due to the wildlife present with Hawthorn scrub, meadow and saltmarsh habitats. Attractions include a miniature railway, sculpture trail, visitor centre, refreshment facilities, birdwatching hides and an adventure playground for the children. Click here for more information on Wat Tyler Country Park.
Animal attraction with farmyard favourites, exotic animals, rides, slides and unique animated singing chickens and frogs all included in the entry fee. Set on the edge of the M25 and handy for east London as well as Essex and all points north and south, this award winning leisure farm is educational and fun. Click here for more information on Old MacDonald’s Farm.
The Cliffs Pavilion is the largest purpose-built performing arts venue in Essex and presents in excess of 300 performances each year across a wide range of live entertainment from ballet, opera and classical music, through to top-name comedians and singers, to West End musicals, stand-up rock concerts and the largest pantomime in the South East. Click here for more information on The Cliffs Pavilion Theatre.
The traditional English seaside town of Southend-on-Sea with the world’s longest pier, and the Old Town of Leigh-on-Sea, with its cobbled streets, traditional English pubs and active fleet of cockle boats, are a short journey by rail or taxi. Click here for more information on Southend-On-Sea.
With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views this Essex garden is an inspiration to visitors of all ages. The garden boasts an eclectic range of inspirational horticultural styles from traditional to modern, providing interest and colour, whatever the weather or time of year. Click here for more information on The RHS Garden Hyde Hall.
The Tower of London was started back in the early 1080’s by William the Conqueror and added to over the centuries by successive monarchs. This once fortress, palace and prison is only 35 minutes by train from Tilbury Town Station on the C2C Line. Click here for more information on The Tower of London.
The View from The Shard is the premium visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, and London’s newest landmark, The Shard.
Designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, the Shard redefines London’s skyline and has become a dynamic symbol of London. At a height of up to 800ft or 244m, The View from The Shard offers spectacular views over London, enabling visitors to see as far as 40 miles away. Twice as high as any other vantage point in the city, it is the only place where visitors can see the entire city at once. Click here for more information on The Shard.
The Coca-Cola London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks. The experience showcases breathtaking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade. Click here for more information on The Coca-Cola London Eye.
Delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history at the London Dungeon - experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. Step back into the darkest of times… are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London’s dark past? Click here for more information on The London Dungeon.
Let Sea Life London take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of creatures. With thousands of sea creatures, from rays to rare green sea turtles; you can see them swimming majestically above you with the Ocean Tunnel.
One of the most popular and dramatic displays at the Sea Life London is the shark reef. Encounter sand tiger sharks, bow mouths, black tips and grey reefs (and a shoal of less menacing fish to keep them company!). It’s as close as you can be to these fascinating and eerie creatures of the deep without getting wet! Click here for more information on Sea Life London.
Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.
Every year, the Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building - the coronation church of England. Audio guides are available in eleven languages or there is the highly-popular verger-led tour. Click here for more information on Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s official London residence has a whopping 775 rooms. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. Click here for more information on Buckingham Palace.
We welcome visits from individuals, community groups, U3A and parishes. Spend time taking a self-guided tour around the Cathedral using some of the literature available or by downloading the free App. Click here for more information on the Chelmsford Cathedral.
At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen. Click here for more information on Madame Tussauds.
ZSL London Zoo has been educating and inspiring visitors since opening to the public in 1847. With over 750 incredible species, exciting and innovative exhibits it’s a great day out in the capital for all ages.
The Zoo’s biggest and most breath-taking new experience, Land of the Lions, provides state-of-the-art facilities for a breeding group of endangered Asiatic lions - of which only 400 remain in the wild. Home to a pride of endangered Asiatic lions, the £5.7m Land of the Lions features awe-inspiring views of the big cats’ Indian enclosure.
Your ticket helps secure a future for endangered animals by directly contributing to ZSL’s conservation programmes. Click here for more information on ZSL London Zoo.
Farmers have to think long-term, suffering bad years with good grace, in return for better years with plentiful crops and the finest English fruits that have slowly ripened in the warmth of the Essex countryside.
Today, the farms cover 850 acres. That’s enough land for around 300 cricket pitches, or 450 baseball grounds. As more imported fruits become available and fruit seasons are extended, English farmers are moving away from fruit to more lucrative crops. Wilkin and Sons take a contrary view, growing more fruit at Tiptree now than ever before. Click here for more information on Tiptree Jam Museum & Tea Room.
Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there’s plenty of play areas to try out including the indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures include a walk through enclosure with butterflies and another with Rainbow Lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. Plus there’s ‘Bears of the Rising Sun’, a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Click here for more information on Colchester Zoo.
Whatever the weather, you and the family will have a great value fun day out at Clacton Pier.
Packed with indoor and outdoor activities, events, rides and amusements there is always something going on…
We all love to be beside the seaside there’s no better place when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. There’s so much for the kids to do, with plenty of amusements, adventure golf, family fairground rides and if you dare then experience the rush of our thrilling rides? Click here for more information on Clacton Pier.
Head of Cruise
Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.
Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.
Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.
Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.
Head of Cruise
Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.
In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.
He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.
Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.