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The largest town in the Thurrock area. Its population of roughly 40,000 plus residents call it home. Based on the Thames estuary on the northern side of the river just 2 miles from the Dartford Tunnel and Bridge (a visible land mark from many miles). The Town is a prime location for commuters as its just 30 mins by train from east London's Docklands, 5 minutes drive from the M25 motorway, and excellent for shopping with Lakeside and Bluewater shopping centres (2 of the largest in the country) just minutes drive away as well.

Its name derives from a medieval Knight from Norman times called "Anchetil De Greye" who's descendent son "Henri de Grai" acts and service were rewarded by being given these lands by King Richard 1st back in 1195.

The neighbouring towns also provide a diversity of work and social options. As well as the obvious advantages of being based so close to a world capital the local towns of Basildon, South Ockendon, Orsett, Chadwell St Mary, Aveley to name but a few; offer interesting alternatives to the immediate area of Grays Thurrock with their unique layout, its industries and social and sporting outlets, the closeness has enriched Thurrock as a community for many years.

Grays Essex postcode:

Grays Center - High Street RM17 6NP
Grays Riverside - RM17 6PN
Grays postcode


Grays places:

Thurrock Yacht Club, Kilverts Whaft Argent Street, Grays RM17 6JF
Tel: 01375 373720

Grays Beach Riverside Park, Thames Road, Grays, riverside park with a childrens play area with play galleon, Cafe
Tel: 01375 386759

Lakeside Shopping Centre, stores, restaurants, cinema, watersports center at the lake
Tel: 01708 869933

Thurrock Museum, Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX
Open: Tue, Thur, Sat 09:00-19:00. Mon, Wed Fri 09:00-17:00 Closed Sun and Bank Holidays
Tel: 01375 413965
Grangewaters Country Park, Bucklers Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 6RS
Open: 10:00-Dusk
Tel: 01708 855228/856422

Tilbury Fort, The Fort, Tilbury, RM18 7NR
Open: Apr-Sept: Daily 10:00-18:00, Oct: Daily 10:00-16:00. Nov-Mar: 10:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00 Wed- Sun. Closes Xmas/New Year
Tel: 01375 858489 / 0870 333 1181
Walton Hall Museum, Walton Hall Road, Linford, Stanford le Hope, SS17 0RN
Tel: 01375 644558
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Lodge, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XJ
Open: Daily 08:00-Dusk
Tel: 01708 865628
Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury
Open: Phone for opening times
Tel: 01375 844203
Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre, PurfleetTel: 01708 890874




Grays Map:

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Thurrock Council:

Main office:
Civic Offices
New Road
Grays, Essex
RM17 6SL

Telephone: 01375 652652

Opening Times:
Monday to Thursday: 8.45am - 5.15pm
Friday: 8.45am - 4.45pm




Last update: 2013-06-27 16:08:17