Plan your visit to Rainham Hall

Interior of Rainham Hall, London

Rainham Hall is an elegant Georgian House with a diverse history and peaceful garden to explore. Make the most of your visit with this quick guide.

Built in 1729 by a sea merchant, Rainham Hall has been home to nearly 50 different families and individuals including artists, children in a Second World War day nursery, a photographer, and even a cycling vicar. Each has a unique story to tell.

Today, a changing programme of events and exhibitions reveals these stories in turn, with people in the local community co-creating the displays you see.

Opening Times

The Hall: open 10:30am to 4:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday each week during Autumn/ Winter 

The Community Gardens and Stables Café: open 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday each week during Autumn/ Winter (with fresh times published in April for Spring/ Summer).

Accessibility and Autism awareness

For physical accessibility information, such as stairs and surfaces, you can read our Access statement here.

At Rainham Hall we are striving to be autism friendly, to ensure our autistic visitors can enjoy their visit with us. You can read visual stories about the Hall, Garden and Stables Café here, to help you plan your visit and to show you what you will experience around the site, so there are no unwelcome surprises. 

If you have any further questions before your visit, please email rainhamhall@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us in the office on 01708 525579. We will be happy to answer your questions.

How to get here

Whether you're travelling by road, rail, or by foot, Rainham Hall has a variety of easy transport links.

Things to see

This is a great place to connect with nature and boost your wellbeing. You can walk among trees in the wooded areas and community orchard then relax in the historic courtyard or under a tree – there’s also a children’s play trail and sensory borders walk. 

In the Hall, the current exhibition is The Denney Edition, exploring the life and career of 1960's resident, influential photographer and tastemaker, Anthony Denney.

Dog walking

Enjoy our three acre community garden with your four-legged friend and we just ask that you keep your dog on a lead when you are here.

View from the orchard in the gardens
The gardens at Rainham Hall
View from the orchard in the gardens


Places to eat

Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, you're in for a treat. The Stables Café serves fresh food made here daily. It’s the perfect place to warm up after a bracing walk, or on sunny days you can relax in the courtyard café overlooking the Garden as you enjoy tea and light snacks.

Events

We have a packed programme of events at Rainham Hall. Each season has something to offer and almost all of our events and exhibitions are co-created with our local community.

There’s something for everyone; with history and culture at the heart of many of our exhibitions in the house, as well as plenty to do for the whole family with trails, half term fun and seasonal entertainment. 

Discounts for local people

Most of the events and exhibitions at Rainham Hall are made possible thanks to involvement from local people – indeed 80% of the displays for the current Denney Edition exhibition were co-created with the local community.

To recognise this we offer free entry passes to all of our neighbours with a RM13 postcode on the last Saturday of every month.

Facilities for visiting with young children

There are baby change facilities in the Hayloft above Stables Café, these are accessible by lift or stairs. The garden also has step free routes if you are bringing a buggy,

Group and school visits

We happily accommodate both group and school visits. Being located just 1 minute from the train station and local bus stops, a visit to the Hall is hassle-free.