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Step back in time at the Hunting Lodge

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, right next to The View, is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing still surrounded by its medieval royal hunting forest and home to regular heritage events.

Visitors to the Lodge, built on the orders of Henry VIII in 1543, can enjoy exhibitions on Tudor food and fashion, and soak up the atmosphere of an incredible building nearly 500 years after it was first built.

Cost

Entry is free of charge.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Closures

If you're planning a special visit to Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, please call ahead to make sure we are open, as we do occasionally close for private bookings for schools, groups and events on short notice.

We will be closed for training or events on the following days:

  • Friday 24 November, 12noon - 5pm
  • Saturday 25 November
  • Thursday 14 December
  • Friday 15 December
  • Saturday 16 December (tickets only)
  • Sunday 17 December (tickets only)
  • Thursday 21 December, 2.30pm - 5pm
  • Friday 22 December

Unless times are specified, the closure will be for the entire day.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

How to get here

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
8 Rangers Road
Chingford
London, E4 7QH

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Parking

Limited parking is available directly outside the Lodge. This includes 2 disabled bays. Additional parking is available at Barn Hoppitt and Chingford Plain car parks.

Contact us

020 7332 1911
epping.forest@cityoflondon.gov.uk

For comments and complaints, please see our Contact us page.

Weddings at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

The Hunting Lodge is now licenced to perform weddings and civil partnerships. Find out more on our Weddings page.

Facilities

  • Public toilets and baby changing facilities (located next door at The View)
  • Refreshments at the nearby Butler's Retreat
  • Fully accessible ground floor
  • Hearing loop
  • Group tours (please see our learning pages for more details)

Please note that dogs - other than assistance dogs - are not allowed within the building.

Access for all

The ground floor is fully accessible. Shallow wooden stairs lead to the upper two floors, and we keep a photographic guide to the upstairs exhibitions for those with further access difficulties.

For a full access statement, please see our access for all page.

What to see

There are three floors in the Hunting Lodge, each with a themed display.

Discover the sights and sounds of a Tudor kitchen on the ground floor, where you can learn about class and cuisine through our lavish display of a Tudor dinner table.

Explore the world of Tudor fashion on the first floor, where we have a range of Tudor outfits for you to try on, and guides to Tudor heraldry.

From the second floor windows, you can admire the most spectacular view of the Forest and imagine it on a Tudor hunt day, or look up and marvel at the beautiful puzzle of Tudor timber roof construction.

Group tours

Group tours of the Hunting Lodge are available for both adults and school groups. Please see our learning pages for details.

Awards

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a recognised Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and we always aim to do our best to make sure you enjoy your visit.​​

 

What's happening
Art exhibition: our Forest, Nature and the City of London
Date:
24 Nov 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

A collection of water colour and acrylic paintings inspired by the Forest, the City of London and nature by Peter Edmonds and Sylvia Cottrell.

Find out more about Art exhibition: our Forest, Nature and the City of London
Christmas grotto
Date:
16 Dec 2017
Time:
10:00 - 16:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
£14.95 per child (includes gift), booking required.

Come and meet Father Christmas at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge and experience a magical day, with lots to do.

Find out more about Christmas grotto
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