Set overlooking the award winning Danson Park, this beautiful Grade I listed Palladian villa was officially re-opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in July 2005.
Built by Sir John Boyd in 1766 for his second wife Catherine Chapone, Danson House was originally designed by architect Sir Robert Taylor (who was also the architect of the Bank of England).
In the twentieth century the house fell into an almost ruinous state. In 1995 English Heritage identified the house as 'the most significant building at risk in London', signalling the start of a decade of restoration. In 2005 the restored interior opened to the public for the first time in thirty years.
Finding Danson House
Kent DA6 8HL
Telephone: 020 8303 7777
Danson House is located just of the A2, six miles from Junction 2 of the M25. It is a twenty minute walk from Bexleyheath or Welling Rail Stations and is well serviced by local buses which stop nearby. See the map for more information.
Public Opening Times 2016
The London Borough of Bexley has recently taken over responsibility for Danson House from the Bexley Heritage Trust and is preparing to move the borough's Register Office to Danson House from Sidcup Manor House. Danson House will operate as Bexley's Register Office for the registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships from Monday to Saturday. The house will be open to the public as a heritage attraction on Sundays.
Danson House is currently closed during this period of transition but is expected to open later in the summer of 2016. Opening days and times will be publicised prior to re-opening but please call 020 8303 7777 to check before making a long journey or email Dansonhouseheritage@kent.gov.uk for more information.
Ceremonies at Danson House (from September 2016)
It is proposed that the Borough's civil ceremonies and registrations will be held at Danson House from September 2016. Death registrations, by appointment, will also take place at the Central Library, Bexleyheath.
If you are interested in getting married at Danson House please contact The Bexley Ceremonies Team on 03000 411103 or at email@example.com.