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Epping Forest Visitor Centre

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Epping Forest Visitor Centre

Epping Forest Visitor Centre, situated at High Beach, is a great place to picnic and an ideal stop on your way through the Forest. Volunteers are on hand to help you, with maps, leaflets, souvenirs, events and lots of information on the Forest's wildlife.

Epping Forest Visitor Centre is operated by the Friends of Epping Forest on behalf of the City of London.


Entry is free of charge.

Opening times

April to October: 10am - 4pm, Thursday to Sunday plus bank holidays

November to March: 10am - 3pm, Thursday to Sunday plus bank holidays.

All of our centres close on Christmas Day.

How to get here

Epping Forest Visitor Centre is located at:

Paul's Nursery Road
High Beach
IG10 4AF

See our Epping Forest Map (300KB) 

View a Google Map

Plan your trip with TfL Journey Planner

Free parking is available at several areas in the vicinity.

Contact us


Access for all

Epping Forest Visitor Centre is a fully-accessible ground floor building, with:

  • Fully accessible toilet inside the Visitor Centre
  • Hearing loop available
  • Easy access path, suitable for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs and young children. 

What to see

Epping Forest Visitor Centre is the perfect place to get up close and personal with the wildlife living in Epping Forest. You can watch birds and squirrels enjoying tasty snacks, and find out about the different types of animals who have made Epping Forest their home - see how many different birds, butterflies and mammals you can spot!

Don’t forget to visit our forest shop, where you can buy gifts and traditional toys, as well as a wide range of maps and guide books.

And we’re also doing our bit to recycle your old books! So browse our 'Spread the Word' Shelf or donate us your unwanted novels or other books to share with our visitors.

Find out more

If you want to learn more about the forest, past and present, then why not visit The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge down the road?

The Epping Forest Field Centre next door also provides school sessions, children’s events and parties.

What's happening
Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all
20 Aug 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

The Forest Charter was signed by the 9 year old Henry III in 1217. Its provisions protected the rights of ‘free men’ to enter and earn a living on Forest land for centuries afterwards. Discover why your dog should be very grateful that ‘expeditation’ of dogs is no longer required. Ponder your pig's ‘pannage’ opportunities and learn how to avoid charges for ‘chiminage’. This exhibition features newly commissioned illustrations, activity sheets and a window into what people wanted to do in forests, 800 years ago.

Find out more about Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all
Exhibition: Annual Summer Art Show
20 Aug 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

The annual Summer show celebrates its 5th year with a collection of work from local artists reflecting the many delights of Epping Forest.

Find out more about Exhibition: Annual Summer Art Show
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