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Things to do at The View 

The View is the perfect place to start a day out in the Forest, with maps, helpful staff, frequent events, and two way marked trails starting at the back door!

You can learn the story of Epping Forest through our interactive displays, check out our regular art and history exhibitions, and visit the beautiful, centuries-old Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge.

Cost

Entry is free of charge.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Closures

The View is closed for staff meetings and events on the following:

  • Tuesday 5 September (until 1pm)
  • Tuesday 3 October (until 1pm)
  • Tuesday 7 November (until 1pm)
  • Tuesday 5 December (until 1pm)

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

How to get here

6 Rangers Road
Chingford
London
E4 7QH

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Plan your trip with TfL Journey Planner

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

Contact us

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

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

Facilities

Access for all

The View is designed to welcome all visitors. The building isfully wheelchair accessibleand other features include:

  • Hearing loop
  • Sensor-operated front glass doors
  • Lift to the first floor
  • Unisex accessible toilet
  • Large print versions of displays
  • Front of house staff members who are happy to help

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

What to see

The View tells the story of Epping Forest through fun, interactive exhibitions on wildlife, the history of the Forest, and its role in the community.

Our exhibition space hosts a range of art collections and historical interpretation all year round, which take the Forest as their main theme.

If you'd like to hold an exhibition, contact artattheview@cityoflondon.gov.uk for more information!

Finally, don’t miss out on the spectacular view over Epping Forest from our famous balcony, which gave The View its name!

Awards

The View is a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and received a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme in 2013. ​

Epping Forest Gateway, including The View, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and Butler's Retreat, also received a commendation in the 'Best Refurbishment or Heritage Building' category at the London Borough of Waltham Forest Design Awards in March 2014.

What's happening
Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all
Date:
19 Aug 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
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
Date:
19 Aug 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
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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