Danson Park is designated Grade II on the English Heritage register of parks and gardens of special historical interest.

The Charter Oak is over 200 years old and is a large oak tree in the centre of Mid Park which has been recognised as one of the "Great Trees of London". The tree was part of the Danson House estate and now provides a central feature to the park scene. It was under this tree on 30 September 1937 that Lord Cornwallis presented the Charter which elevated Bexley from an Urban District Council to a Municipal Borough. This oak tree is now featured on the Borough Coat of Arms. The tree has been enclosed to protect its delicate root system and increase the amount of valuable moisture.


  • gardens including the Old English Garden, Rock Garden and Peace Garden
  • lake for fishing, boating, sailing
  • playground including a wet play splash area
  • Danson House
  • refreshments available at the Boathouse Kiosk which is operated by GB Catering, the Children's Playground Kiosk which is operated by Outdoor Recreation, Danson House tea room, and ice cream vans are situated by the lake and children's playground
  • The Boathouse by the Lake is a popular restaurant and venue for functions, wedding receptions, and events. The Stables restaurant is situated in the centre of the park and is operated by Stonegate
  • Danson Park Bowls Consortium
  • Trim Trail and fitness classes
  • hard surface tennis courts
  • a football pitch with changing facilities
  • picnic area

Address and travel

  • Danson Road, Welling DA6 9HL
  • the nearest railway station is Welling Station
  • bus routes 96, 89, 422, and B1
  • by car from the A2 via A221 or A207 

Limited car parking is available on site. A charge is payable at weekends and bank holidays from April to September.

Friends group

Friends of Danson Park is an active group with a strong nature conservation side to their work. For further information email ken@abwildlife.org.uk.

Friends of the Shuttle is a very active group of local volunteers which has been carrying out regular litter picks and conservation work in and along the River Shuttle and in Danson Park Lake since May 2013. Earlier this year the group also took on the task of maintaining the flower beds in the Old English Garden in Danson Park. The group provides all tools and equipment and also light refreshments at the end of each event. Anyone interested in volunteering on the river or in the Old English Garden should contact friends.of.the.shuttle@gmail.com. All new volunteers are very welcome.