Epping Forest and Visitor CentreEpping, Essex
Epping Forest is, at 6,000 acres, the largest public open space in the London area and stretches a massive 12 miles from Manor Park in East London to just north of Epping in Essex! And a whopping two thirds of it is designated both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, so it's some pretty special woodland there and some fantastic mini beast safaris!
These days Epping Forest combines a modern visitor centre experience with it's established roles of scenic open space, important wildlife habitat and family adventure destination.
There are 3 dedicated Forest Centres spread across Epping Forest offering opportunities to touch base and learn about the historic buildings: Epping Forest Visitor Centre in the north at High Beach, a popular beauty spot great for picnicking; Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge in Chingford, which is an ancient Tudor timber hunt; and in the south, The Temple, dating from the 1760s, set in Wanstead Park, once the formal gardens of the magnificent Wanstead House.
1st April - 31st October
Thursday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holidays 10:00 - 16:00
1st November - 31st March
Thursday to Sunday 10:00 - 15:00
Bank Holidays 10:00 - 15:00
Closed 25th December
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Yes, there is parking onsite.