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.
October to March
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am – 3pm
Closed on Christmas Day
April to September
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 12noon – 5pm
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
The walk from the edge of the park to The Temple varies from 5 to 20 minutes depending on your point of entry into the park, and may be on resin-bonded paths, gravel or dirt depending on your route. In most cases the walk is flat or gently downhill, though some routes may be undulous.
For help planning a route from the edge of the park to The Temple you may find our Site Map (406 KB) useful.
From Wanstead station (Central Line) to The Temple is roughly 20 minutes on foot; and from Redbridge station (Central Line) or Manor Park (National Rail) the walk is roughly 25 minutes.
If walking to the park from other locales you may find our Epping Forest map (290 KB) useful.
Wanstead Park can also be reached on two wheels. Local Cycling Guides 4 and 5 show various quiet routes that can be used to reach the park. These guides are available for free from Transport for London.
Please note: most of Wanstead Park itself is closed to cyclists. There is however a permissive cycle route which runs between the entrance on Northumberland Avenue (opposite Wanstead Park Avenue) between the two lakes to the entrance near Heronry Pond at the very end of Warren Road. Here this permissive route joins the cycle path, which runs between the top entrance at Warren Road and the entrance on Northumberland Avenue opposite Park Road.
There are no cycle racks at The Temple, though you may secure your cycle against the railings that surround the site's enclosure.
- Wanstead Park
- Greater Anglia
- Manor Park
For the most up to date travel information, you could use the Transport for London Journey Planner, which you may find helpful.
Wanstead Park is served by a number of bus routes. For help finding a route from yourself to the park, you could use the Transport for London Journey Planner, which you may find helpful.
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.
Tel 020 8989 7851 (during opening hours) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.