About Lesnes Abbey Wood

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Lesnes Abbey is a unique green oasis 10 minutes’ walk from Abbey Wood Train Station. At 88 hectares this large site contains numerous opportunities for exploration including woodland, heath, meadow and ponds alongside formal parkland and gardens with views across the London skyline.

Visit the ruins of a 12th Century abbey, dig in a prehistoric fossil pit or keep fit in our recreation and play areas.  Visitors can attend a range of activities, classes, events and workshops at Lesnes Abbey Lodge, which is also available for private hire (see What’s On and Hire Lesnes Abbey Lodge pages for further details)

What to see and do at Lesnes Abbey Woods

The Woods

Come and immerse yourself in our beautiful and extensive ancient woodland, walk amongst the Sweet Chestnut, Birch and Oak trees or meander across remnant heath.  Why not make a special visit in March to see our Wild Daffodils, believed to be the largest display in South East England?  In April and May the woods are further transformed by a beautiful carpet of native Bluebells.

Unique Geology

Interested in fossils and geology?  Lesnes Abbey Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest containing fossils from the Eocene Epoch (54.5 million years ago) including over 40 species of mammal, as well as reptiles, fish and early birds Come and explore the fossil pit where you might be lucky and pick up ancient seashells or even a shark’s tooth


fossil finding at Lesnes Abbey Woods site

All visitors must be mindful of the following:

  • you may remove no more than 2kgs of material from the site
  • please do not dig more than two feet deep
  • please refill any large or deep holes
  • for School or group booking please email lesnesabbey@bexley.gov.uk at least one month prior to your visit

All groups, schools and professional digs should contact the Council to book their visit, please note there is a charge for this, email lesnesabbey@bexley.gov.uk for further information.

Where to find us

Lesnes Abbey Woods New Road London SE2 0QJ

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