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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

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Change to opening days / hours:  Open Tuesday- Sunday 9am - 5pm (November, December & January 9am - 4pm). Open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays throughout school holidays. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

Set in the stunning grounds of Bedfords Park, an historic parkland site of 215 acres, owned and managed by the London Borough of Havering. The nature reserve affords fantastic views over London and into Kent.

The visitor centre offers visitors a really warm welcome and the opportunity to find out about the wildlife within the Park. The park includes many valuable habitats such as mature woodland, species rich wildflower meadows, ponds, streams and marshy areas.

The visitor centre is built on the site of the former mansion and it commands superb views over much of east London and into Kent. Light refreshments, snacks and a gift shop are all within the visitor centre and there is a large decked area to relax on sunny days.

There are many exotic trees originally planted in the mansion gardens, such as Cedar of Lebanon, Holm Oak, Monkey-puzzle, Giant Redwood and Yew. The Park has wonderful wildflower meadows where you will find Cuckoo Flower, Pignut and Ragged Robin in the Spring. There is varied woodland, several ponds and a lake, as well as a captive herd of Red Deer. Bird highlights include all three species of Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Hobby. Wild deer are often seen (Fallow, Roe and Muntjac). The meadows and ponds provide superb habitats for a variety of invertebrates including a really wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Winter sees a large corvid roost, with hundreds of Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws gathering near the deer pen.

The upper section of the park offers a more landscaped parkland, while the lower section is managed for wildlife, with hay meadows and some mature woodland and scrub.

Dog walking: Dogs can be walked in the park but must be under control, preferably on a lead near the visitor centre and deer pen.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Meadow, Parkland, Ponds, Standing water, Woodland
Red Deer, Nuthatch, Pignut

Nearby nature reserves

Warley Place Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Bedfords Park
Visitor Centre
Broxhill Road
Map reference
TQ 520 922
Great for...
a family day out
geological interest
getting away from it all
historical interest
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
Sep - Oct
Mar - May
Jun - Sep
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Opening Times
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am - 5pm (November, December & January 9am - 4pm) Open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays throughout school holidays. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
87.00 hectares
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Various routes around the reserve, some are wheelchair friendly. Please contact the visitor centre for more information.
Vehicle entrance is off Broxhill Road, opposite the white water tower, just to the east of Havering-atte-Bower. The main footpath is in the south-west corner on Lower Bedfords Road. There are other footpaths, bridleway and cycleway entrances off Lower Bedfords Road.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01708 748646