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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.


Entry is free of charge.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.


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:

  • Saturday 29 July
  • Tuesday 1 August (until 1pm)
  • Saturday 5 August
  • Thursday 17 August
  • Sunday 20 August
  • Friday 25 August

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

How to get here

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

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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

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.


  • 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.


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
Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all
23 Jul 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
23 Jul 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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