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A boy plays on the fence around the Temple with the building visible beyond. The scene is framed by the canopies of trees.


The Temple, Wanstead Park, ​Warren Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2LS.

Contact us

​020 7332 1911 (10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday).


​The lower floor is fully accessible, while the upper floor can be reached via shallow stone steps. Disabled parking is available behind the Temple for blue badge holders, with access from Warren Road. A RADAR keyed disabled unisex toilet is also available just outside the building.

Opening hours

The Temple is open on the first full weekend of every month from 10am - 3pm.

The next open weekends are:

  • 1-2 February
  • 7-8 March

Entry is free of charge.

The Temple is situated in the middle of Wanstead Park. It was designed in the 18th century as a feature for the formal gardens of historic Wanstead Park, complete with a classic portico.

These days, The Temple serves as a visitor centre where you can discover the story of Wanstead House and the park that surrounded it. Its enclosure also hosts regular events and an annual open air theatre!

Parking info and travel links

By tube


For help planning your journey, please see

By bus

The following bus routes call close to Wanstead Park:

101, 145, 308, W12, W13, W14, W19.

By car

The Temple is located in Wanstead Park. Limited disabled parking is available for blue badge holders outside The Temple itself; with access from Warren Road, E11 2LS.

Unfortunately, parking is not available on site for other users; but street parking is widely available nearby.

For more information about our car parks, including opening times. please see our car parks page.

Things to do at The Temple

We regret that dogs - other than assistance dogs - are not allowed within the building.

The Temple tells the story of Wanstead Park from the Roman era right up to the present.

  • Discover the fascinating history of the 'lost' Roman villa through sections of painted wall plaster and pieces of mosaic
  • Explore the story of the Regency romance gone wrong that led to the downfall and destruction of the estate
  • Examine the catalogue from the 1822 auction that spelled the end for Wanstead House
  • See the battered remains of statues that were once the glory of the gardens
  • Try on a variety of hats from different periods of Wanstead’s history, from Roman helmets to Victorian bonnets!

As a visitor centre, The Temple also provides information on Wanstead Park and Epping Forest to help you make the most of your visit.

Find out more

Visit our heritage pages to find out more about Wanstead Park and its history.

Don’t forget to visit Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and our Visitor Centre at Chingford, where you can find out all about Epping Forest.