The Temple explores the history of Wanstead Park through the Roman, Regency and Victorian periods to the present day.
The Temple has:
- a history of the Park's Roman Villa, told through mosaics and other items from our museum collection
- a tale of Regency romance gone wrong, fit to rival the best period drama
- statues which once stood throughout the Park
- a gift shop full of Forest-themed giftware for all ages
- public toilets
- friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand to answer all your questions
Opening days and times
The Temple will be open from 12noon to 5pm on the following weekends in 2023
|April||Saturday 8 and Sunday 9|
|May||Saturday 14 and Sunday 15|
|June||Saturday 10 and Sunday 11|
|July||Saturday 8 and Sunday 9|
|August||Saturday 12 and Sunday 13|
|September||Saturday 9 and Sunday 10|
What's on at The Temple
'Overheard in Lockdown' by Russell Boyce
11 February - 26 March
An exhibition of documentary portraits situated outside at the Temple Enclosure.
The pictures in this exhibition are portraits of people on their daily exercise with partners, family or a friend, with a small snippet of conversation overheard by photographer, Russell Boyce whilst walking through Wanstead Park during the two weeks leading up to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's TV announcement on 22 February 2021, to outline the 'roadmap' out of lockdown.
The Temple can be reached from Redbridge and Wanstead Stations on the Central, and a number of bus routes through the area.
Visit TfL's Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Centre.
The Temple has a small disabled-only car park for Blue Badge holders, and street parking is available in limited amounts in the surrounding area.
The Temple is a largely accessible Grade II*-listed building with an array of accessible exhibited material.
Please read the following for a breakdown of the building, with access requirements for each area of it.
- both floors have ground-level access
- the main entrance is reachable by resin-bonded path up a steep incline and the entrance itself has two shallow steps
- our central foyer shop has stock displayed at an accessible height
- all rooms on this floor have level wooden floors
- seating is readily available in all rooms
- the floor is well-lit with overhead lighting and spotlights
- our displays are designed to appeal to everyone, and written in Plain English
- staff are available to answer any questions you may have
- our ground floor rooms have level flagstone flooring
- there is ample space to turn a large wheelchair
- a door leads to and from the disabled car park at the rear of the building staff can bring down items from the first floor on request
- public toilets are located on the ground floor exterior of the building
- there is a unisex accessible toilet, locked with a RADAR key
- there are vertical rails either side of the toilet and a horizontal rail on the side wall adjacent
- the sink has a lever tap
- the flooring throughout is non-slip
Disabled-only parking is available immediately outside the Temple, via an access road from Warren Road. These bays are directly adjacent to the Temple Enclosure's resin-bonded path, but the bays themselves are grass and loose gravel.
Entrance to The Temple is free on select open days, tours are available for a fee.
Sensory days and events are listed in the Epping Forest events page. 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).