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Epping Forest, London's largest open space, is a registered charity managed by the City of London at little cost to the public.

We host all sorts of events throughout the year and there are plenty of activities to get involved in: whether it's walking and running, cycling, horse riding, angling, football or golf.

Whether you wish to escape the urban sprawl and unwind, or want something a little more active, Epping Forest has something for you.

There are also four visitor centres to see, with exhibitions, special events and friendly staff to help you find your way around the Forest.

If you can't get to one of the visitor centres, learn more about the wildlife and the history of Epping Forest before your visit.

Epping Forest opening hours

Epping Forest is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; though our visitor centres do close. Wanstead Park also closes at dusk and reopens at dawn, as do some of our car parks.

Planning your visit

For more information on opening times and help planning a journey to our visitor centres, please see our visitor information pages.

If you're looking to head directly to the Forest, see our where to go in Epping Forest guide.

How to make comments, complaints and suggestions

If you have a complaint, a suggestion or a comment to make about the service we offer in Epping Forest, we'd like to hear from you.

Please visit our Contact us page for more information.

Did you know?

  • The Forest covers around 2,400 hectares and stretches from Manor Park to just north of Epping.
  • Two thirds of the Forest has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Registered charity no. 232990​​

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