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The Forest is a fantastic, accessible learning resource for subjects ranging from art to zoology, and we're happy to provide support for individuals and groups wishing to learn in the Forest independently.

Our facilities

Most of our events are based in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and our adjacent visitor centre The View, both situated in Chingford. Tudor atmosphere and interest are complemented with modern facilities including toilets, interactive displays and a shop; and there's lots of outdoor space to explore and picnic in.

The area is surrounded by Epping Forest’s varied habitats, making it the perfect place to start exploring the area's natural and historic heritage. Woodland, ponds and open grassland are all within strolling distance, and we have two way-marked trails starting at the site, both with plenty to see, hear and touch along the way.

Guided tours and school visits 

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge also offers guided tours for all ages, and hosts school visits.

Do you need help with costs for your visit?

If you're a new school and haven't visited us in the last three years, you can apply to the City of London School Visits Fund for a grant of up to £300 to help with costs for visiting selected green spaces. Learn more at the School Visits Fund website

Assistance with access needs

We're glad to give any assistance we can to meet your particular access needs.

We have access statements on our visitor centres at our Access for everyone page which you can read before your visit, and you can contact us on the details below.

Contact details

For more information about our learning offer, please telephone 020 7332 1911 or email

Other Epping Forest learning providers

The City of London service mainly focuses on the Forest’s historic heritage. It is complemented by three other main learning providers:



    Discovering what is and isn't in Epping Forest at an outreach event.