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Where to go in Epping Forest

There are four forest centres to visit in Epping Forest, which are a great starting point when exploring the forest.

Click on the links below to find out about opening times, how to find us and what’s on in each centre.

The View

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

The Temple, Wanstead Park

High Beach Forest Centre

At these centres, you can find out where to go and how best to enjoy the forest, pick up a leaflet or map, ask advice of our friendly and knowledgeable staff, discover more about the history of the forest, enjoy art exhibitions or browse in our forest gift shops.

For more places in the forest to discover, explore our ‘Where To Go’ pages.

Forest Centres closure dates

Please be aware that our Forest Centres are subject to occasional closures for events and staff training. To avoid disappointment, please check our lists of closure dates for Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and for The View before visiting.

How to get to Epping Forest

Epping Forest can be reached by public transport and is easily explored on foot. See our walking page for details of trails through the forest. 

On foot

If you would like to walk to the Forest, then our Epping Forest Map (290 KB) includes much of the surrounding area and should be helpful in planning your route.

By bicycle

Epping Forest can also be reached on two wheels.

Local Cycling Guides 2, 4, 5 and 14 show various quiet routes that can be used to reach the Forest. These guides are available for free from Transport for London.

Cycle racks are provided in many of our larger car parks. See our 'Where To Go' pages for more information.

By tube

South Woodford
Roding Valley
Buckhurst Hill
Theydon Bois
Wanstead Park
Leytonstone High Road
Highams Park

Note: The Chingford to Liverpool St Station line is now part of London Overground. Depending on your journey this may mean a cheaper journey to The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge.

New concessionary fares may also apply now, potentially providing an even greater saving. For more information, please visit Transport for London.

By train

TFL Rail trains also serve Manor Park. 

For the most up to date travel information, please see the Transport for London website.

By bus

Lots of bus routes serve the Forest. To find the best route for you, you could use the Transport for London Journey Planner.

By car

Epping Forest can be easily reached by car. To see where our car parks are located, download the Epping Forest Map (290 KB).

What's on in Epping Forest

Find out what's happening in the Forest at our events page!

You can also find lots of fun activity sheets for children on our learning for children page. 

Get in touch with Epping Forest

For more information, please contact us or follow us on Twitter.

Lost property

Have you lost or found something in the Forest? All lost property is kept at The View. Visit our contact us page for more information on our lost property procedures. 

What's happening
Summer Art Show at The View
02 Aug 2015
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required

A collection of artwork submitted by local artists who have been inspired by Epping Forest.

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Wanstead Park Festival: The Temple over time
02 Aug 2015
12:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required

This exhibition chronicles Wanstead Park's last surviving 'rich man's folly', once an 18th-century summer house.

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