Bluewater Shopping Centre Guide

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent
Bluewater Shopping Centre - © Badudoy

Bluewater Shopping Centre is located in Kent in the South of England, Bluewater is one of the largest shopping and leisure complexes in the UK. There are over 330 stores for shoppers to choose from offering a huge range of goods and services. There are also additional leisure facilities in the complex including multi screen cinema and entertainment on site.

Shopping Facilities

Bluewater shopping and leisure complex opened back in 1999, in the ensuing period Bluewater has become well known to shoppers from across the south east region and beyond with its bold design and grand scale. There are a plethora of shops for shoppers to choose from over 330 in fact, meaning shoppers really can spend the whole day shopping here.

The flagship department stores in residence here are House of Fraser, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. Overall the complex caters for the discerning shopper and those looking at the upper middle sector of the shopping market. There is a distinct lack of discount stores, value stores and cheap and cheerful stores, instead independent stores and a number of niche and specialist stores in the upper mid sector of the market are present.

With over 330 shops to choose from shoppers are spoilt for choice with retailers offering goods and services in health and beauty, technology and telecoms, toys and gifts, clothing and fashion for men, women and children, homeware, jewellery and opticians and more.

There is also plenty of entertainment on offer with a showcase cinema located within the complex, offering visitors the latest film releases. There is also a cafe, ice cream outlet and licensed bar allowing you to fully enjoy your cinema experience in comfort.

Food and drink is well catered for at Bluewater, there are a host of cafes and restaurants, over 40 to choose from. Eateries range from cafes to restaurants in department stores such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer to fast food outlets to pizza to international cuisine including British, Italian, Indian, Oriental and Spanish.

Entertainment includes a range of activities such as the Treejumpers Sky Park, which provides the chance for both children and adults to enjoy some adventure. Here you can fly across the lake or climb the Tiered Aerial Trek with balance beams, bridges and tight-ropes.

Visitors can use two and five-seater pedaloes or rowing boats to explore the lakes on site.

For those with an interest in wildlife and nature, the is the Wild Explorer Discovery Trail that includes a circular walk around the various lakes learning more about the fascinating wildlife found in this part of Kent and from abroad.

Bluewater is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary.

Free Car parking is available at the shopping centre. There are over 13,000 car parking spaces all of which are not more than a short walk from the shopping centre. Disabled Parking is also available for disabled badge holders.

How To Get There

By Car:

Bluewater is located 2 miles from the M25 orbital motorway. From the M25, follow the signs to the Dartford Crossing, then turn off at junction 2 and follow the signs for Bluewater.

By Train:

The closest train station is Greenhithe station where trains arrive every 15 minutes from London and other towns. From London stations, Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Waterloo East trains run to Greenhithe for Bluewater.

Once at Greenhithe visitors need to use the Fastrack bus that will take you to Bluewater, the journey time is around 5 minutes. When buying your train ticket, ensure you ask for a ticket to Bluewater (Greenhithe for Bluewater). This will ensure the ticket you are given has the fare for the bus shuttle included. It is wise to check and confirm this when buying the ticket

By Bus:

Arriva buses service the Bluewater shopping centre with a range of bus services from the surrounding areas.

By Coach:

National Express offers a regular daily service from London Victoria to Bluewater.

Contact Details


Bluewater Shopping Centre

Telephone: +44 (0)870 777 0252

Website: Bluewater


Use the Shopping Search map to find the location of the Bluewater complex. You can also use the local search for Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. To view click on the Bluewater Shopping Centre link below and ensure your browser is pop up enabled: Bluewater Shopping Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There may be some variations on the hours of individual shops and outlets in the shopping complex depending on opening hours of each shop and the particular day of the week.

Be alert and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your bags/shopping bags unattended, this will help prevent theft and misplacing your bags.

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