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. Visitors to the Hunting Lodge, built on the orders of Henry VIII in 1543, can today enjoy exhibitions on Tudor history and soak up the atmosphere of this incredible historic building nearly 500 years after it was first built.
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays; it is closed on Christmas Day.
The Hunting Lodge is also closed on the following dates for staff training or private functions:
- Tuesday 7 July (until 1pm)
- Thursday 6 August (until 1pm)
- Tuesday 1 September (until 1pm)
- Thursday 1 October (until 1pm)
- Tuesday 3 November (until 1pm)
- Thursday 3 December (until 1pm)
The Hunting Lodge may also be closed to the public if school groups or booked tours are using the building. During these times, you can enjoy visiting The View or Butler’s Retreat instead. You can find out if the Hunting Lodge will be closed by phoning before visiting.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
We regret that dogs - with the exception of assistance dogs - are not allowed within the building. However, we have a large green area immediately outside the building where you may wait with or tie your dog, and we are happy to provide water.
How to get here
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge is situated between The View and Butler’s Retreat, as shown on our site map.
The View is a five to ten minute uphill walk from the Chingford bus and train stations. From either station simply turn right on to Rangers Road and follow the path uphill on the right-hand side of the road, crossing to the left when the path ends.
As the largest structure on the hill, The Royal Forest public house may be a useful landmark for navigation.
For information on approaching from other places, please see our Epping Forest Map (290 KB) which may be useful in planning a route.
Epping Forest can also be reached on two wheels. Local Cycling Guides 2 and 4 show various quiet routes that can be used to reach the Forest. These guides are available for free from Transport for London.
Four cycle racks are provided outside The View for you to secure your bike.
Once you have arrived, you can also explore the Forest itself by bicycle. Check out our cycling map (335 KB) to plot your route through the Forest.
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View are both served by Chingford station.
- London Overground
Walking directions from the station are available above in the 'On Foot' section. For more information on the service please visit TFL.
Note: as the Chingford to Liverpool St Station line is now part of London Overground, you may find your journey to The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge cheaper.
New concessionary fares may also apply now, potentially providing an even greater saving. For more information, please visit Transport for London's fares page.
A number of bus routes serve Chingford, and you may find the Transport for London Journey Planner useful in planning a route there. Walking directions from the station are available above in our 'On Foot' section.
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge is located on Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH.
There is a small car park opposite the Hunting Lodge at Barn Hoppitt and larger car parks nearby at Bury Road and Connaught Water. There are two disabled parking spaces in the area in front of The View and a small parking area which may be used by the public.
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- 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 with shallow wooden stairs leading to the upper two floors.
There is a folder containing images and information from the upstairs exhibitions on the ground floor and staff will be happy to bring items downstairs if you are unable to access the upper floors.
Take a look at the 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 social classes would have cooked and eaten during the Tudor period. Pottage bubbles away in the 1590 brick fireplace, replica food adorns the tables and the cook can even be heard to dish out her instructions every now and then!
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 the forest from the second floor windows, or look up and marvel at the puzzle of the 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.
Find out more
You can learn more about the history of the Hunting Lodge, both in Tudor times and afterwards, by checking out our heritage pages.
Special events taking place at the Hunting Lodge this year, like our Tudor May festivities, can be found on our events page.
Don’t forget to visit The View next door too, where you can find out all about Epping Forest.
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.