The Temple, a historic building with a classical portico, dates from the 1760s. It houses our Forest Centre in the South of Epping Forest and a small shop with guides to Wanstead Park as well as more general information on the Forest and a selection of books and giftware.
The Temple was built as a fashionable garden feature by John Child, Earl Tylney, and like the Grotto of similar date, was designed to enhance the elaborate landscaped gardens of Wanstead House. It first appears on a 1777 map labelled as the Pheasant House and was later used as accommodation for Keepers on the estate.
A wide variety of events take place at the Temple throughout the year.
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The entrance room at the Temple
Plan your visit
The Temple, Wanstead Park E11 2LT
Tel. 020 8989 7851 during opening hours (shown below) or you can call The View Tel. 020 7332 1911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Temple and Wanstead Park are within 15 minutes' walk from Wanstead station (Central Line). Watch out for the historic 300 year old chestnut trees, the parish church of St Mary the Virgin where the owners of Wanstead Park are buried and the Stables, Basin and site of Wanstead House, now within the private grounds of the Wanstead Golf Club. Wanstead Park is also served along Blake Hall Road (see map of Wanstead Park above) by buses 101, 308 and W19.
Access for everyone
The lower floor is fully accessible, while the upper floor can be reached via shallow stone steps. Blue Badge holders may park behind the Temple, along the track from Warren Road. See the exhibition and get a feel for the past by trying on a historic hat. Staff will be happy to bring some of the items downstairs if you are unable to access the upper floors.
Download the Access Statement for The Temple in Wanstead Park (35kb)
- There is a refreshment kiosk open at peak times for hot drinks and snacks by Perch Pond.
- There are public toilets at The Temple (open until dusk, seven days a week).
- The ground floor of The Temple is fully accessible.
- The upper floor is reached by a sloping path and several shallow steps.
- Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 3pm from October to March
- Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 12noon - 5pm from April to September
- The Temple is open on Bank Holidays; but closed on Christmas Day
Andromeda lead statue on display
What's the story?
Browse our display about the history of Wanstead Park linking royalty to riches, tudor pageantry, magnificent gardens, an 18th century Palladian palace and the regency romance that went awry and led to the destruction of the estate.
Time Travelling Hats
Experience hats from different periods of Wanstead's history. From roman helmet to victorian bonnet, our hats will transport you through time. The lower floor is fully accessible while the upper floor can be reached via shallow stone steps
Remembrance of times past
The Temple is the place to go to see the last fragments remaining from Wanstead Park’s days of glory. We have painted wall plaster and pieces of mosaic from the ‘lost’ Roman villa, amethysts and coloured glass from the ruined Grotto, a copy of the 1822 auction catalogue and the battered remains of statues that were once the glory of the gardens.