Epping Forest and Visitor Centre | Day Out With The Kids

Epping Forest and Visitor Centre

Epping, Essex, England

  • Family walking through Epping Forest and Visitor Centre
  • Father and son fishing in lake at Epping Forest and Visitor Centre
  • Staff training dog at Epping Forest and Visitor Centre

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

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.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


High Beach, Epping, Essex, IG10 4AE, England


Click here to visit Epping Forest and Visitor Centre's website
020 8532 1010

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Visitor Centre
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


Free admission

More Information

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome.

Guest suitability

Epping Forest is a natural open space with mixed woodland, grassland, lakes and some parkland. The ground level of the Forest varies greatly across its 13 mile length and inclines are frequent.

Eating information

Butler's Retreat
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00