Valence House Museum

Valence House is a grade II* listed medieval moated manor house that houses the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s local history museum. The heritage site also contains the borough archive and local studies library.

Key Facts Built in 15th centuryGrade II* listed
Key Facts
Built in 15th century
Grade II* listed

Facilities: Dogs allowedRestaurant / CafeWheelchair accessible

Hidden within gardens and parkland and at the centre of the renowned Becontree housing estate, Valence House is a Grade II* listed building containing the borough’s local history museum. Also on site is the borough archives and local studies library.

Valence House is a grade II* listed moated manor house of 15th century and later date. The museum was redesigned in 2010 to create a modern family friendly museum, covering all periods of the borough’s history, and with plenty of things to do to keep a family entertained all day. Also on the site is the Borough Archive and Local Studies Library for local and family history research and a small café.

Valence House has been described as “One of the best local history museums in Greater London” and was amongst The Guardians top 50 free things to do in London.

Location and Access

Valence House is located in Dagenham within easy access of public transport and major road routes.

Access by car
Valence House can be reached via the M25 at junction 29 for the A127 or junction 30 for the A13. There is free parking in Valence Park car park or on the surrounding streets.

Access by public transport
Valence House is within walking distance of Chadwell Heath Station (Abellio Greater Anglia London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line). It can also be reached via the District Line to Becontree Station.
Bus routes 62, 5, 128, 150, 175, 173, 368 all stop close by.

Disabled access
Valence House is fully accessible. Disabled parking is available at the Margery Road entrance (RM8 3AX).