Rainham Hall, Cafe and Community Gardens

Rainham Hall is open following a £2.5 million conservation project. This charming house is one of the country’s finest examples of an early 18th century merchant’s home. It is just two minutes’ walk from Rainham Station, in the heart of the village.

With engaging installations and a year-round programme of exhibitions and events, there is something for all ages. Rainham Hall has been home to a richly diverse cast of characters. We’ve drawn inspiration from their lives to tell some great stories, starting with Captain John Harle, who built the Hall.

The Hall is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. Surrounded by a contrasting landscape of big skies, wild marshland and thriving industry, Rainham Hall has been quietly biding its time. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia North Thames Trust, Biffa Award and other generous supporters, we have restored and opened up this hidden piece of London’s history.


  • House - A hidden piece of London history, Rainham Hall is an elegant Georgian House built in 1729, home to over 50 inhabitants.
  • Community garden (free) - Relaxed community garden in the heart of Rainham Village, with formal and informal areas, woodland, lawn, orchard and vegetable plots.
  • Exhibitions - Changing exhibitions on four periods in the Hall's history including 1700's, Victorian era, post war and 1960's. With interactive elements and Rainham Hall Tag Trail Challenge for children displayed over three floors.
  • Stable block and coach house - Beautifully restored stable block and coach house detailing the history of Rainham Hall.
  • Second-hand bookshop - Small second-hand bookshop, stocked with an eclectic range of pre-loved books for adults and children.
  • Play area - Natural play area with log steps, outdoor classroom and animal sculptures.
  • Cafe, tea room and coffee shop

We also have monthly outdoor yoga classes and a young rangers club. Visit those listings or our website for more information.

Opening hours

Visit our website for updated opening hours.


Buy tickets on our website.


Accessible toilets in the stable block. Step-free access to garden from Wennington Road or The Broadway. The gardens are on two levels with slightly sloping gravel pathways. There is no parking on site. Rainham Hall is not wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs welcome.

Outdoor activities
Activities for children and young people
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Additional needs catered for:
Physical disability friendly
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