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Valentines Park, Ilford
(4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Valentines Park is, at 52 hectares, the largest green space in the London Borough of Redbridge, between Ilford and Gants Hill. It was acquired in various purchases and gifts of land, starting in 1898 and culminating in the 1920s. The Valentines Estate had been in private hands since long before the 1690s, when the present Valentines Mansion was built.

In 1899 the Cranbrook Estate, to the west of Valentines, was about to be sold for housing. The Municipal Borough of Ilford had acquired its first section of parkland a year previously and was keen to enlarge its size as land became available. Local officials realised that, unless an area of \"relaxation and pleasure\" was retained for the growing urban population, all traces of an undeveloped rural Ilford would be lost. The park was opened in the same year under the name of Central Park. Following the death of the mansion's owner in 1902 the local council acquired the remainder of its grounds and thus expanded the park.

County Cricket was first played at Valentine's Park in Ilford in 1922 and a pavilion was completed a year later.
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  • The place is one of those that will probably be packed on a night, I visited early evening and it was dead. Dark and gloomy, please don't tray and create a nightclub atmosphere at 17:00. 
  • Lovely park, massive area covered and offers variety of options from boating in lake, tennis court, cricket ground, swings for children, cafe, jogging track, feed the ducks or just enjoy nature! 
  • I do regularly visit Valentine Park which is walking distance from my home. Its having a lot of greenery and open space. Good for cycling. 
  • Maintained so well. Lovely places. Tracks are good, they do boating as well. Paid car park with in the park itself, not expensive. Outside is free.
  • Beautiful park with great variety of things to do. Tennis courts, Lake and boats, pond, cycling route, park for all ages, historical mansion, cafe and much more. I've been coming to this park since my children were small I now bring my grandchild...a Joy !!!
  • Great place for a family day out. Loads of green space, lakes and play areas. Management does a good job in keeping the place nice and clean.
  • It's amazing. Such a beautiful place for day out. Best for the children's too. Massive place. Lots of activities involved. One should get experience. Nearer from ILord.
  • Nice, well managed place with kids play area.