Photo: ilford recorderThe new Multi-Use Games Area is now open!

Former West Ham and Everton striker Tony Cottee opened the new Multi-Use Games Area in Valentines Park on 10 April. The facility, which has been converted from one of the park’s former tennis courts, has been part funded by the Football Foundation and Redbridge Council’s Olympic Legacy Fund. 

The installation includes two multi goals for basketball and football, and the repainting of the surface with new lines. The Games area is adjacent to Perth Road car park entrance to Valentines park. Photo courtesy of Ilford Recorder.

How to find Valentines Park

Valentines ParkSee 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


Features of historical and environmental interest

  • the Heritage Lottery funded restored Valentines 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 and diversity of habitats. 


Valentines Park – Top Ten winner Green flag award logo

In September, people across the nation voted for their favourite park within the UK in the People’s Choice Awards. Over 32,000 votes were cast during the competition period and we were delighted that Valentines - our premier park in Redbridge - was voted 9th for the second year running. This is a fantastic achievement for our green flag park to be listed as one of the finest parks within the UK out of a staggering 1,482 green spaces.

Our thanks to everyone that voted.

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

Pay and display 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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