Top 10 Things to do in Dagenham, United Kingdom (UK)

April 1, 2018 Hana Mouser

Dagenham (/ˈdæɡənəm/) is a town in east London, England. In the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, it is 11.5 miles (18.5 km) east of Charing Cross and 9.5 miles (15.2 km) east of the City of London. Historically in Essex, it was an agrarian village and remained mostly undeveloped until 1921, when the London County Council began construction of the large Becontree estate. The population of the area significantly increased in the 20th century, with the parish of Dagenham becoming an urban district in 1926 and a municipal borough in 1938. It has formed part of Greater London since 1965 and is a predominantly residential area, with some areas of declining industrial activity, including the Ford Dagenham plant. The southern part of Dagenham, adjacent to the River Thames, forms part of the London Riverside section of the Thames Gateway redevelopment area.
Restaurants in Dagenham

1. Capital Karts

Unit 1 Rippleside Commercial Estate Ripple Road | Unit 1 Rippleside Commercial Estate, Barking IG11 0RJ, England +44 20 7100 4412
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Capital Karts

With the longest indoor track in the UK, Capital Karts Go Karting London is a thrilling new addition to the London go Karting scene! Race our brand new karts at speeds of up to 45mph on a perfect blend of fast straights, flowing corners and tight hairpins which ensures lap times of well over a minute around our giant 1050m circuit. Come here with your friends, family work colleagues or as part of a stag party or birthday group. Ideally located with easy access from both the heart of the city and the M25, Capital Karts is an essential new edition to the London entertainment scene.

Reviewed By Richard B - Kent, United Kingdom

visited Capital Karts for the first time, found the staff helpful and friendly. Enjoyed the session so much had to have another go !! Can see this being one of our favourite venues, plus I just have to get a quicker time than my son.... convinced him he is only quicker due to weight speed ratio !! Looking forward to our next visit, certainly worth the travelling. Can't recommend highly enough.. though could have done with a slightly larger pair of overalls.... but this big fella not going to worry about that ! See you again soon ....

2. Valence House Museum

Valence House Museum Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 3HT, England +44 20 8227 5222
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Valence House Museum

Reviewed By Paul P - Winchester,

Lived in Barking and Dagenham all my life and never visited, great place full of local history and puts the borough into context and brings some of the local landmarks and names to life. Free admission but may pose some problems if wheelchair access is required as there are some steps going into the side rooms. The Gardens are beautiful and have a working Bee colony and a herb garden. If you are not local or do not have a specific interest the museum may have a limited interest. If you are, or have been a local it is a must visit place. Probably limited interest for children but does have events through out the year as advertised on their website. The onsite café is great and reasonably priced. And it has a model of a Ford Capri outside.

3. Room Lockdown

40 North Street | Crown House, Hornchurch RM11 1EW, England +44 1708 471710
Excellent
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5 based on 85 reviews

Room Lockdown

WELCOME TO ROOM LOCKDOWN Escape Rooms are a unique experience The increasingly popular Live Escape Game has arrived in Hornchurch, Essex! Do you and your team have what it takes to escape our themed rooms You have just 60 minutes to find hidden clues and solve puzzles in order to escape Testing your problem solving and mind skills, teamwork is needed for you to survive! Great Alternative to a night out, something different and exciting, not to mention it's fun for everyone, families, friends, work colleagues and tourists!

Reviewed By Zaklina M

First time going to an escape room. Wasn’t sure of what to expect. From arriving to departing the visit was brilliant with friendly and welcoming staff- got met by an enthusiastic reception staff who then passed us to our host (Brad) who was very helpful and kind. When we started, I was clueless of what to do but eventually us 3 girls got there in the end. We did need some clues throughout the experience well maybe more than a few! But with team work you can ESCAPE!
Get ready for darkness and a bit of crawling!
We had many different emotions from frustration to excitement and happiness.
Would definitely recommend and will be back for other escape rooms!
We got out with 5.35 minutes to spare!

4. Valentines Park

Valentines Park Cranbrook Road | Redbridge, Ilford IG1 4UA, England +44 20 8708 8100
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Valentines Park

It's beautiful to visit in the Summer,it is reasonably safe to visit but I would like to see more benches for us to sit on.Toilets need to be kept clean by both the public and the cleaners.....

Reviewed By westham16

A great day out for all the family beautiful Gardens and lakes plus also a boating lake, also has a cafe real treat for the family.

5. Raphael Park

Parkway, Romford RM2 5PA, England +44 1708 431982
Excellent
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Raphael Park

Reviewed By John J

After visiting the park, was greeted by a beautiful Fountain, and pleasant to see people fishing, a old house with a Cafe over looking the Blacks Lake.
This park even has its own dedicated Police Officers which is amazing, they are very knowledgeable,
Well done Havering.

6. Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall Broadway, Rainham RM13 9YN, England +44 1708 525579
Excellent
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4 based on 83 reviews

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall is a charming and remarkably fine example of a Queen Anne house, built in 1729 by an enterprising merchant and ship's captain, John Harle. The hall and its cluster of associated buildings were a focal point for his trading activities, which were a factor in the development of Rainham Village in the 18th century. It is a rare surviving witness of the river trade which forms an important part of local and regional history. The hall is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. Surrounded by a contrasting landscape of big skies, wild marshland and thriving industry, Rainham Hall has been quietly biding its time. We are now undertaking a major restoration project to restore and bring to life the Hall, its Stableblock and the Coach House. Building work started in February 2014 and should be completed by our opening in October 2015. We successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £1.46 Million which combined with grants from Veolia North Thames Trust and Biffa Award, has allowed us to push ahead with delivering an exciting project built on understanding, community involvement and innovation.

Reviewed By John H - Hitchin Herts

A neat little Queen Anne style townhouse out in the country. We had a short intro to the house covering its history and then were free to wander. The current exhibition deals with WW2 day nursery life since the house was an Essex CC nursery from 1943 to 1950s. The exhibition and items of oral history are to be found throughout the house. For us it awoke some memories, while the grandkids found lots of intersting bits as well. It is not for younger childen (our GCs are 11 and 13).
The Trust has done an excellent job in making the house talk, despite not having much that relates to the occupants over the years. To have an essentially self guided tour is a challengr that they have stepped up to. Gardens are interesting, and the new developments fit within the context of the property. Developing an Amphitheatre in the lowest garden but keeping a rolling slope is a great idea. Two features of the garden to look for, both contemporary to its foundation - a mulberry and a medlar, both unusual trees in todays Gardens.
Dropped into the cafe for a drink after our visit. Pleasant place with good service.

7. Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Thurrock RM19 1SZ, England +44 1708 899840
Excellent
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Rainham Marshes

Reviewed By Pds1 - West Sussex

We stumbled up0n this by accident and am so glad we did. The staff were brilliant. Every single one of them so helpful and obviously very passionate about their work.
We took the 2.4 mile circular walk stopping off at all the hides. I particularly enjoyed the dragon fly pool.
We spent over 2 hours here and could have easily spent longer but as we hadn't been overly prepared we're starting to get hungry and thirsty so headed back to the information centre.
The cafe on site was lovely (with the most amazing shortbread!)
Again staff were extremely helpful while my husband bought some binoculars and we then decided to sign up for monthly payments to visit again at this or any other of the rspb centres around the country.
Can't wait to go again (armed with sun cream, hat and water!!)
Cannot recommend this highly enough

8. Bespoke Scuba Diving

Althorne Way | Becontree Heath, Essex, Dagenham RM10 7FH, England
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5 based on 30 reviews

Bespoke Scuba Diving

Why are we Bespoke? Surely all PADI courses are the same? ​ We believe in going that bit further to meet your needs, which gives us our bespoke difference. ​ Want 1:1 tuition, or small classes? ​ Are you time limited? ​ Are you nervous? ​ Want to get premium quality customer service? ​ Want a dive bundle, that's just right for you? ​ You have come to the right place. ​ We will work with your to ensure skill mastery is achieved, or go that little further when arranging trips, be they in the UK or further afield. ​ We are based in Hornchurch, Essex, and run our pool sessions at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, In Dagenham. ​ Diving is our passion, spoil yourself and get the "Bespoke difference"

Reviewed By Rachelskipper - London, United Kingdom

We've just completed our PADI Open Water course with Bespoke and we couldn't of asked for better instructors or a better group of people to share the experience with. As a couple, we basically had private tuition throughout the course which was incredible. Paul and John have the patience of saints and really helped us through the tougher parts of the course. We felt truly supported and looked after by the whole Bespoke family. We can't recommend them enough! Rach & Bill x

9. Queens Theatre

Theatre House Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT, England +44 1708 443333
Excellent
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4.5 based on 348 reviews

Queens Theatre

The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch is a vibrant producing theatre in the London Borough of Havering, serving East London, Essex and beyond since 1953. As a registered charity and the cultural hub of the region, over 200,000 people enjoy the theatre's programme every year, including the best in home-produced theatre, visiting live entertainment and inspiring Learning and Participation projects. Behind the scenes almost all of our sets and costumes are all lovingly created on-site by our highly skilled carpentry workshop, scenic artists and wardrobe department. The Queen's receives regular funding from the London Borough of Havering and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. This helps us put theatre at the heart of the cultural life of the community we serve.

Reviewed By Freddie R - Rayleigh, United Kingdom

This venue sadly lacks atmosphere. It is difficult to become totally engrossed in the Performances. Also a problem is parking close to the theatre.

10. Eastbury Manor House

Eastbury House Eastbury Square, Barking IG11 9SN, England +44 20 8227 2942
Excellent
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Eastbury Manor House

Reviewed By FionaLondon - London

We visited here having looked on the National Trust website. Wow, what a find. This is a beautifully restored house, with good attentive staff and a lovely cafe. It's bang in the middle of a council estate and you would never drive down the road and expect to see this. A lovely place to visit.

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