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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.


Entry is free of charge.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.


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

  • Tuesday 4 July (until 1pm)
  • Tuesday 1 August (until 1pm)
  • 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
E4 7QH

See our Epping Forest Map (300KB)

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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

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


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 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!


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: Solitude - artworks by Matt King
23 Jun 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

Matt King presents an exciting expressionistic View of Epping Forest. The Forest has always provided the artist with solace and great inspiration.

Find out more about Exhibition: Solitude - artworks by Matt King
Extraordinary eggs exhibition: Romanian eggs and more
23 Jun 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

Our Extraordinary Eggs season celebrates spring in the Forest with a case of exquisitely decorated Romanian eggs from the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Object in Focus loan programme along with beautiful native British birds’ eggs from Epping Forest’s historic egg collection.

Find out more about Extraordinary eggs exhibition: Romanian eggs and more
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