Danson House boasts a suite of rooms created for Sir John Boyd, a man besotted with his young bride. Enjoy this superb example of 18th-century architecture with its classical proportions, elegant interiors and rich symbolism celebrating love and marriage.

Designed as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London, Danson House was completed in 1766. Sir John Boyd was a sugar merchant and vice-chairman of the British East India Company. Together with the notable Architect Sir Robert Taylor, Boyd created this homage to the Golden Age of Antiquity, filling it with art and sculpture from his travels on the continent. Today his home gives us a fascinating insight into fashionable Georgian life.

Use a new audio guide to immerse yourself in the beautifully restored interiors including:

  • The octagonal salon, glittering with light and colour from the fabulous mirrors and hand blocked wallpaper.

  • The exquisitely gilded dining room with its set of 19 original wall paintings

  • The magnificent oval top-lit stairwell

  • The atmospheric library, featuring a rare George England organ

  • Peaceful gardens designed by a student of Capability Brown

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Opening information

Danson House is open Sunday to Friday from April 1 2015 to October 31 2015. Opening hours are 12pm to 5pm.

Entrance information

Adults £8, concessions £6, under 16s free (no unaccompanied children). If you Gift Aid your ticket, it will be valid for unlimited repeat visits within a 12-month period. National Trust and English Heritage members receive half price admission (not valid for group bookings or with any other offers). Admission is free for Friends of Bexley Heritage Trust and National Art Pass holders. Pre-booked guided tours for groups available year-round, £7.50 each, minimum of 12 people. Refreshments available.


All the rooms on the ground floor and top floors are wheelchair accessible. Disabled parking and toilet facilities are available. Assistance dogs are welcome and essential carers are admitted free of charge. If you contact us in advance we would be pleased to assist your visit.

The house, tea room and gift shop may occasionally close for special events, please check website or call us.

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Danson Park, Danson Road
United Kingdom
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0208 3036699

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