Good News!

The Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund has confirmed Vision RCL has been successful in their application for approximately £20,000 of funding for the conversion of one of the disused tennis courts within Valentines Park (adjacent to Perth Road), which will be converted into a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). This will include repairs to the surface and fencing where necessary, the installation of two multi goals for basketball and football, repainting of the surface with new lines and the installation of a counter to track usage.

The park contains many features of historical and environmental interest such as:

  • the recently Heritage Lottery funded restored Mansion and Gardens
  • prestigious mature trees
  • ecologically important water bodies and
  • wide expanses of grassland.

The park is important for local people and wildlife because of its heritage landscape, local recreational resource, diversity of habitats.  Valentines has also maintained its Green Flag status for 2013/14 and came 9th out of 1448 Green flag sites in the People's Choice Award, online competition for Parks managed by Keep Britain Tidy.  For a full list of winners visit Green Flag Award website.

How to find Valentines ParkValentines Park

Valentines Park on our map
Main entrance on Cranbrook Road, Ilford
Vehicle entrance Melbourne Road, Perth Road and Cranbrook Road

This award-winning park is next to Valentines Mansion & Gardens, and was once the parkland to the house. It offers a wide range of activities for all including:

What's on in the park


Opening times

The park is open from 8am to dusk throughout the year.

For more details of exact closing times please download our Parks Closing Times under related pages or alternatively please check time boards at the entrance of each park.

Parking Charges

From 1 October 2011 the following car parking charges apply:

  • Up to 1 hour - 70p
  • 1-2 hours - £1.30
  • All day - £3.00

History of Valentines Parkvalentines mansion

The park was once the parkland of Valentines Mansion a gentleman’s residence built in 1696. The landscape reflects the changing tastes of the last three hundred years and the main elements surviving today relate to the changes made to the Mansion itself in the 1720s, the 1810s and the 1870s. During all these periods, the house was in private ownership. The greatest change was from 1912 when the whole estate became a public park and began to be used by greater numbers of people than ever before.

The heritage value is of great importance in terms of the survival of formal Rococo features in a suburban park near the Central tube line, the M11 and the main London to Norfolk trunk road.

If you have any further enquiries please contact Parks Development Team.

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