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The Lodge is currently closed for free flow public visits. We are open for tours, school sessions and weddings and civil ceremonies. The Lodge will also be scaffolded for limewashing between Wednesday 7 July and Saturday 14 August.

Explore the Tudor history of Epping Forest at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, built in 1543 for King Henry VIII and renovated by order of Queen Elizabeth I. At the Lodge, you can:

  • learn about Tudor food in with the sights and sounds of our Tudor kitchen
  • discover Tudor fashion with our period dress-up clothes
  • find out how this unique building was constructed
  • hunt down mysterious marks left by the carpenters who built the Lodge nearly 500 years ago
  • enjoy one of the best views of Epping Forest from the Lodge's top floor

Private tours

Due to COVID-19 and constricted space in the Hunting Lodge, we aren't open as usual at the moment, but you can book a private tour of the Hunting Lodge for up to six people at a ticket price of £5 per person, adult or child.

Please call our front of house staff at Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford on 020 7332 1911 during opening hours - Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm - to arrange your tour in advance. Staff may also be able to offer you a tour if you drop into the Centre but this will depend staff availability on the day.

Please pay for your tickets at time of booking, either by credit over the phone, or in person at the front desk.

Public transport

The Hunting Lodge is well-connected to public transport by Chingford Station, ten minutes' walk away, which is served by London Overground and several bus routes.

Visit TfL's Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Centre.

Parking

Our Chingford Visitor Centre next door has a small car park with two disabled parking bays and three for non-disabled drivers.

We also have four larger car parks nearby and within short walking distance:

Fees and charges for our car parks can be found on our car parking page.

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a medieval Grade II*-listed building and has been adapted to be as accessible as possible. Please read the following for a breakdown of the building, with access requirements for each area of it.

Ground floor

  • the ground floor is fully accessible
  • the floor has a multi-sensory display of Tudor food displayed at an accessible height
  • both rooms have flagstones and offer level access
  • our written displays are written in Plain English
  • a magnifying glass, pen and paper are available
  • a hearing loop is also available

Upper floors

  • our upper floors are reachable by shallow wooden stairs with a hand rail
  • costumes are available to handle and try on (Presently unavailable)
  • if you are unable to access the upper floors a folder explaining what can be seen upstairs is also available

Grounds

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is set in its own grassed area with benches and a picnic table
  • a resin bonded path leads to Butler's Retreat where refreshments are available
  • the cafe has ample seating around the building and a ground floor accessible toilet
  • accessible toilets are also available at our visitor centre next door

Events

Entrance to the Visitor Centre permanent galleries is free.

A charge is made for tours, which need to be booked in advance. These can include handling sessions.

Sensory days and events are listed on our Eventbrite page when running.

British Sign Language interpretation is provided for selected events listed in the diary, or if booked in advance (the latter may be subject to a fee).