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
Kent DA6 8HL
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 and Welcomings, notice of marriage appointments, nationality checking services and the registration of births and deaths. Plans are also underway for a new café, special events and the opportunity to hire function rooms within the house.
The Register Office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and can be contacted on 03000 411103 for appointments and enquiries, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Danson House Register Office please visit A Kentish Ceremony.
From Monday 18 July onwards death registrations will also take place on the first floor of the Central Library in Bexleyheath every Monday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Public opening times
Whilst operating as the Borough's Register Office Danson House is also open to the public as a heritage attraction every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Visitors are able to view the grand rooms on the principal floor as well as the Victorian basement kitchen equipped with historic kitchen items. For more information please contact Dansonhouseheritage@kent.gov.uk.