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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.

Vote for Summer Sports on the Flats!

In a bid to host a summer of sports on Wanstead Flats, Epping Forest applied to the Aviva Community Fund for £10,000 with which to put on a series of free sports and physical activities on Wanstead Flats Playing Fields over the summer. To find out more, see our Events page!

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.

Once you have arrived, you can also explore the Forest itself by bicycle. Check out our cycling map to plot your route through the Forest.

By tube

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

By train

Greater Anglia trains also serve the nearby stations of

  • Manor Park
  • Highams Park
  • Chingford

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

By bus

A large number of buses call at various parts of the Forest. To find the best route for you, you could use the Transport for London Journey Planner, which you may find helpful.

By car

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

What's on in Epping Forest

You can find out what's happening in the Forest by looking at our events page.

Take a look at this short film about the Forest and then come along for a visit.

Activities for families

You can 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.