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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, seven days a week (including bank holidays).

From 5 October 2015, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View will be closed on Mondays.

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

  • Tuesday 3 November (until 1pm)
  • Thursday 3 December (until 1pm)
  • Friday 25 December

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Visitor information

See our Epping Forest Map (290 KB)

View a Google Map

Plan your trip with TfL Journey Planner

Please note : we regret that dogs - other than assistance dogs - are not allowed within the building.


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

Weddings at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

The Hunting Lodge is now licenced to perform weddings and civil partnerships. Find out more on our Weddings page!


  • 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 learn about class and cuisine through our lavish display of a Tudor dinner table.

Explore the world of Tudor fashion on the first floor, where we have a range of Tudor outfits for you to try on, and guides to Tudor heraldry.

From the second floor windows, you can admire the most spectacular view of the Forest and imagine it on a Tudor hunt day, or look up and marvel at the beautiful puzzle of Tudor timber roof construction.

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
Exhibition: 'The Blazing Forest' by Thomas Peck
05 Oct 2015
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

Local photographer, Thomas Peck, captures Epping Forest's exquisitely beautiful Autumn colour.

Find out more
Black History Month: Tudor Trails
05 Oct 2015
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

Follow our trail of snippets about black Tudors, who they were and what we know about them.

Find out more
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