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The Temple 

Situated in the middle of Wanstead Park, The Temple was designed in the 18th century as a feature for the formal gardens of Wanstead Park, complete with a classic portico.

These days The Temple serves as a visitor centre, where you can discover the story of Wanstead House and the park that surrounded it. Its enclosure also hosts regular events and an annual open air theatre! 

Opening times

October to March:

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am – 3pm

April to September:

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 12noon – 5pm

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

Visitor information

See our Wanstead Park Map (406 KB)

And our Epping Forest Map (290 KB)

View a Google Map

Plan your trip with TfL Journey Planner


Bike: view TfL Local Cycling Guides 4 and 5 for quiet routes.

Tube - Central Line: Wanstead, Redbridge.

National Rail: Manor Park

Bus: W13, W14, W19, 66, 101, 145, 308, 366.

Contact us

Tel 020 7332 1911 or


  • Public toilets (open until dusk, seven days a week)
  • Refreshment kiosk by Perch Pond (open at peak times)
  • Lower floor fully accessible
  • Shop 

Access for all

The lower floor is fully accessible, while the upper floor can be reached via two shallow stone steps. The site also has blue badge parking and an external unisex accessible toilet, locked with a RADAR key.

You can download our full access statement (35 KB)  for more information.

What to see

The Temple tells the story of Wanstead Park from the Roman era right up to the present.

Discover the fascinating history of the ‘lost’ Roman villa by examining sections of painted wall plaster and pieces of mosaic, explore the story of the regency romance gone wrong that led to the downfall and destruction of the estate and examine the catalogue from the 1822 auction that spelled the end for Wanstead House.

Displays also include the battered remains of statues that were once the glory of the gardens and a large variety of hats from different periods of Wanstead’s history for the whole family to try on. From Roman helmets to Victorian bonnets, our hats will transport you through time!

As a forest centre, The Temple also provides information on Wanstead Park and Epping Forest to help you make the most of your visit.

Find out more

To find out more about the history of Wanstead Park, visit our heritage pages.

Don’t forget to visit The View and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge too, where you can find out all about Epping Forest.


The Temple is a recognised Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and we will always do our best to make sure you enjoy your visit.

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

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

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Black History Month: Tudor Trails
08 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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