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Step back in time... 

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, right next to The View, is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing still surrounded by its medieval royal hunting forest - and home to regular heritage events.

Visitors to the Lodge, built on the orders of Henry VIII in 1543, can enjoy exhibitions on Tudor food and fashion, and soak up the atmosphere of an incredible building nearly 500 years after it was first built.

Opening times

10am to 5pm, 7 days a week (including bank holidays).

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is closed for staff meetings and events on the following:

  • Tuesday 1 September (until 1pm)
  • Wednesday 9 September (until 1pm)
  • Thursday 1 October (until 1pm)
  • Tuesday 3 November (until 1pm)
  • Thursday 3 December (until 1pm)
  • Friday 25 December

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

We regret that dogs - other than assistance dogs - are not allowed within the building.

Visitor information

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Bike: view TfL Local Cycling Guides 2 and 4 for quiet routes.

Tube - London Overground: Chingford.

Bus: 20, 97, 179, 212, 313, 379, 444.

Contact us

Tel 020 7332 1911 or


  • Public toilets and baby changing facilities (located next door at The View)
  • Refreshments at the nearby Butler's Retreat
  • Fully accessible ground floor
  • Hearing loop
  • Group tours (please see our learning pages for more details)

Access for all

The ground floor is fully accessible. Shallow wooden stairs lead to the upper two floors, and we keep a photographic guide to the upstairs exhibitions for those with further access difficulties.

Take a look at our full access statement here (112 KB).

What to see

There are three floors in the Hunting Lodge, each with a themed display.

Discover the sights and sounds of a Tudor kitchen on the ground floor, where you can find out about the types of food that different classes would have eaten during the Tudor period. Pottage bubbles away in the fireplace, food adorns the tables and cooks dish out their instructions!

Explore the world of Tudor fashion on the first floor, where we have a range of Tudor outfits from different decades for you to try on. Why not take a family photograph next to the cardboard cut-outs of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I? You’ll fit right in.

Enjoy the spectacular views across Epping Forest from the second floor windows, or look up and marvel at the puzzle of Tudor timber roof construction. You can find out more about the construction of the Hunting Lodge and even have a go at putting our replica joints together yourself.

Group tours

Group tours of the Hunting Lodge are available for both adults and school groups. Please see our learning pages for details.


Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge is a recognised Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and we will always to our best to make sure you enjoy your visit.​​


What's happening
Wanstead Flats 5km Park Run
29 Aug 2015
09:00 - 10:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

A weekly 5km run around Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, run by the Parkrun volunteer team.

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Junior Angling Day
29 Aug 2015
10:00 - 13:00
Epping Forest
£5 per person, booking required

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