Explore the Gardens

The nearly three-acre Community Garden at Rainham Hall provides an oasis of urban green space for visitors to explore and enjoy, for free, all year round.

The Garden splits into four distinct spaces: the Hall borders, the Orchard and Kitchen Garden, the Meandering borders, and the Woodland, including a small nature playground and outdoor classroom. Worked on by a dedicated team of volunteers from the local community, the Garden is constantly evolving and is full of seasonal delight. 

Visitor information

The Gardens are free to enter, dogs on leads are welcome, and accessible toilets and baby change facilities are available on site. There are two entrances to the Gardens: 1) the main blue gates next to Rainham Hall, from Broadway main road;  and 2) the gate entrance on Wennington Road.

Opening times: 10:00 – 16:30 Wednesdays to Sundays (Monday to Sunday from May to September). The Gardens may shut earlier, at dusk, in the winter. Please note the Gardens will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Families enjoying the Rainham Hall gardens

Enjoy the Gardens

Visitors are welcome to take a stroll, read a book, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. We host regular activities and events taking place in the Gardens, from bug hunts to tai chi, apple scratting to circus performances.

The gardens at Rainham Hall

History of the Gardens 

Since Rainham Hall was built in 1729, the Gardens have been altered many times, and until a few years ago, had been very neglected. With nearly 300 years of history for inspiration, the Gardens are going through a transformation, thanks to staff and volunteers.

Vegetables growing in a large veg bed at Rainham Hall Garden

Grown in our Garden 

We've teamed up with our amazing Café staff and volunteers to grow lots of produce right on site for their menu. Stop by on your visit to enjoy fresh ingredients from our herb garden, veg beds, the orchard, and our 150 year old mulberry tree.

Volunteer pruning a tree in the garden at Rainham Hall, London

Volunteer in the Garden 

Fancy getting hands-on in the Garden? Our volunteers work on all sorts of projects and there are plenty of ways to get involved, whether that's joining the team of regulars, coming along on a corporate volunteering day, or giving it a go as a visiteer.