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!
Wanstead Park pond works
We have received a number of enquiries about low water levels in the various ponds at Wanstead Park. The reduced water level is controlled and is due to essential works we are conducting. These are being closely monitored.
For more information, please see our News page.
The Temple is open at the weekends but not during the week.
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.
The Temple is located in Wanstead Park; with access from Warren Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2LS.
See our Wanstead Park Map (406KB)
And our Epping Forest Map (290KB)
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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.
Tel 020 7332 1911 or email@example.com
Public toilets (open until dusk, seven days a week)
Refreshment kiosk by Perch Pond (open at peak times)
Lower floor fully accessible
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.
For a full access statement, please see our access for all page.
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.