About Valence House Museum

One of the best local history museums in Greater London
Valence House was voted by the Guardian as one of the 50 best free things to do in London.

Valence House MuseumThe only surviving manor house in Dagenham, Valence House dates back to Medieval times and is still partially surrounded by a moat.

Following extensive refurbishment in 2010, exciting galleries tell the story of Barking and Dagenham and its people throughout the ages.

Discover the tranquil herb garden and Dig for Victory plot.

You can also research local and family history in our Archives and Local Studies Centre.

Round off your visit by enjoying light refreshments in the Oasis Café and browsing the gift shop.

View our collections online

New for 2016. On our Valence House Collections website you can:

  • search the Museum, Archives and Local Studies collections
  • explore online exhibitions
  • browse treasures
  • keep up with our latest news and events


Valence House also offers a year-round programme of events for all the family.

Opening times

Check our opening hours
Opening times vary during Christmas, Easter and Bank holidays

Admission is free except for certain ticketed events

Contact us

Valence House
Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT

020 8227 2034


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