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Epping Forest and Visitor Centre

  • Epping
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

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.

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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

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

020 8532 1010



Click here to visit Epping Forest and Visitor Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

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

Yes, Epping Forest and Visitor Centre is wheelchair friendly.

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.

Yes, Epping Forest and Visitor Centre have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome.

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