Abbey Green

Abbey Green is an area of parkland next to Barking town centre.

Abbey Green is an area of parkland next to Barking town centre.


Abbey Green, Abbey Road, Barking IG11 8DD.

The park is adjacent to Barking Town Centre, with many bus routes, including two that pass along the site perimeter. Barking Station is about 5 minutes walk away.

There is no dedicated car park and restricted parking in the surrounding roads. 


Named after Barking Abbey (founded in 666 AD), once one of England’s wealthiest and most important religious institutions. The remains of it can still be found near Abbey Road.

Adjoining the abbey ruins is St Margaret’s Church, the oldest parts of which date from the 12th century.

The churchyard of St Margaret’s is now a public open space, managed by the council.

It is no longer used for burials and is a peaceful green area with some of the largest trees in the borough.

The parkland to the north and the south of these are recreational grounds laid out with trees and some play facilities.

Two ancient buildings remain in the park, one being the church.

The only surviving building from the Abbey is the 15th century Curfew Tower, which now forms an entrance to the churchyard and an access to the church. 

There is a small playground near St Joseph’s School, and there is also space there for informal kick about play and children’s play.

Nearby the St Margaret’s Centre next to the church has a cafe. 

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