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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 forest centre for all to enjoy, where you can discover the story of Wanstead House and the park that surrounded it.

Opening times

October to March

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

Closed on Christmas Day

April to September

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

There will be limited public opening on 5 April 2014 due to an event. The lower floor will still be open to visitors. The upper floor and enclosure will be open only to ticket holders for the ‘Jane Austen Period Tea’ event. See our events diary (3.86 MB)  or contact Friends of Wanstead Park on Tel 020 8539 4707 for details and tickets.

How to get here

By tube

Wanstead Park

By train

Greater Anglia
Manor Park

For the most up to date travel information and bus routes, you could use the Transport for London Journey Planner, which you may find helpful.

By car

The Temple is located in Wanstead Park, E11 2LT. You can see the surrounding area on our site map (406 KB) There is parking for blue badge holders behind The Temple, which can be accessed by Warren Road. There is further on-street and off-street parking in the area outside the park itself.

Contact us

Tel 020 8989 7851 (during opening hours) or

When The Temple is closed, you can contact us at The View,
Tel 020 7332 1911.


  • 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. Staff will be happy to bring items downstairs if you are unable to access the upper floors.

Blue badge holders may park behind The Temple, accessed via Warren Road.

There is 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 or download our leaflet about Wanstead Park (442 KB) .

Special events taking place at The Temple this year, like our open air theatre, can be found on our events page.

Don’t forget to visit The View and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge in the north of the forest 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: Forest by Simon Pemberton
08 Mar 2014 - 27 Apr 2014
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest

Simon Pemberton is found most days either walking or mountain biking around the Forest and inevitably couldn't help but start drawing the Forest.

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Children’s event: Bush craft skills & Forest deer
26 Apr 2014
10:00 - 13:00
Epping Forest

Learn bush craft skills such as den building, trapping skills, fire lighting and the correct and responsible use of knives. The session will involve a tour of the Deer Sanctuary. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs please.

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All events at this location