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
Danson House is located just off 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.
Bexley's Register Office at Danson House
Danson House is now the official Register Office for the London Borough of Bexley.
Run by Kent County Council on behalf of the London Borough of Bexley, the stunning Grade I Georgian Villa now offers ceremonies including Weddings, Citizenship, Renewal of vows, notice of marriage appointments, European Passport Return Services (Walk-in between 10am to 3pm, Monday and Wednesday) and the registration of births and deaths. There is also a separately managed tea room at the back of the house, who cater for smaller private functions within their space.
The Register Office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (Wednesday 10am to 5pm) and can be contacted on 03000 411103 for appointments and enquiries, or via email at email@example.com. For more information regarding the Danson House Register Office please visit A Kentish Ceremony.
Birth and death registrations will also take place on the first floor of the Central Library in Bexleyheath every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 4pm.
Public opening times
Whilst operating as the Borough's Register Office Danson House is also open to the public as a heritage attraction.
- November to February: Every Thursday, 10am until 4pm (last admission 3.15pm)
- March to October: Every Sunday, 10am until 4pm (last admission 3.15pm)
- (Fees and concessions remain the same)
- Admission: £7 per person. £3.50 for English Heritage Members/Concessions only, under 7s go free
For more information please contact Dansonhouseheritage@kent.gov.uk.