Valence House


Dagenham, Greater London

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Valence House has been voted as one of the 50 best free things to do in London and one of the best local history museums in Greater London. Winner of Visit England's Best Told Story award, the 13 museum galleries explore Barking and Dagenham's amazing history from Prehistory to the modern day. Rich in objects, displays include the story of the worlds first all-female bag pipe playing marching band, Barking Abbey, the nationally significant collection of Fanshawe family portraits, and much, much more. The archive provides unique and fascinating information on the people and places of Barking and Dagenham. Visitors can also enjoy a homemade meal in the Tulip Tree Tearoom before taking a leisurely stroll around our stunning landscaped gardens.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

Best Told Story (Attraction)
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Valence House
Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, LONDON, Greater London, RM8 3HT


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Level Access. Accessible toilet. Audio loop.
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Museum and Archive & Local Studies Centre: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Visitor Centre, Tearoom and Gardens: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm.

About the area

Discover London

The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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