- Parks and Playgrounds
Suitable for 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 Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
High Beach, Epping, Essex, IG10 4AE, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
1st April - 31st October: Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10:00 - 16:00
1st November - 31st March: Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10:00 - 15:00
Closed on Christmas Day
Butler's Retreat: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00, Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Dogs are welcome.
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.