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Places to visit in the Epping area.

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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH (7 miles, 11 km)

tel: 01708 748646

The visitor centre is in the middle of the 215 acres of Bedfords Park, open 7 days a week 9-5, 9-4 in the winter. It has a gift shop, seating area and a small cafe offering refreshments.

 
Copped Hall

Epping Upland, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HS (2 miles, 3 km)

tel: 0207 267 1679

Copped Hall was the burnt-out shell of a fine Georgian mansion but now being restored. Superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland. The mansion and gardens are situated on a site of ancient human habitation.

 
Epping Forest Visitor Centre

Green Flag Award

Epping Forest, Paul's Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AE (4 miles, 6 km)

tel: 0208 5296681

Epping Forest is of national and international conservation importance with two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.

 
Epping Forest District Museum

VistEngland VAQAS

39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL (5 miles, 8 km)

tel: 01992 564984

Epping Forest District Museum features seven galleries revealing the fascinating story of the museum's collections.

 
Epping Ongar Railway

Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN (6 miles, 9 km)

tel: 01277 365200 

Epping Ongar Railway is Essex's LONGEST heritage railway and the CLOSEST TO LONDON, running from Ongar to North Weald and into Epping Forest.

 
Essex Outdoors - Harlow

Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QS (6 miles, 9 km)

tel: 0845 200 4220 

Activities include archery, canoeing, high ropes, kayaking, mountain boarding, orienteering and problem solving. Now also features the largest climbing wall in the South East!

 
Harlow Sculpture Trail App

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1WG (5 miles, 8 km)

tel: 01279 446404

A permanent collection of 20th century British watercolours and drawings as well as a changing exhibition programme featuring the work of both local artists and artists of the world-renown.

 
Greensted church

Greensted, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9LD (6 miles, 9 km)

tel: 01277 363268

The oldest wooden church in the world, dating from the 11th century. Picturesque building in a quiet location, with Tudor chancel and Crusaders grave. A supposed resting place for St Edmund’s body.

 
Gunpowder Park

Green Flag Award

Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3GP (7 miles, 12 km)

tel: 08456 770 600

Open since 2004, Gunpowder Park has been reclaimed and regenerated from its former use as a Royal Ordnance munitions testing facility.

 
Harlow Museum

Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF (5 miles, 9 km)

tel: 01279 454959

Harlow Museum is an oasis of tranquility, a centre for researchers, a family day out in the walled gardens and much more besides.

 
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA (6 miles, 10 km)

tel: 01277 364883

Ex-government HQ nuclear bunker buried 80ft underground. Complete with kitchen, dormitories, power and filtration plant, plotting floor, government administration room, 120 yard long entrance tunnel, communication and scientists room.

 
Lee Valley Park Farms

VistEngland VAQAS

Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF (5 miles, 8 km)

tel: 01992 892781

Let the kids go wild, Lee Valley Park Farms where there’s so much to see and do one visit is never enough!

 
Lee Valley Regional Park

Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HG (5 miles, 7 km)

tel: 03000 030 610

The award-winning Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin.

 
Lee Valley White Water Centre

Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB (5 miles, 9 km)

tel: 03000 030 616 

Enjoy an unforgettable day of adrenalin pumping white water rafting as you take on the wild rapids international athletes will face in the London 2012 Games! Open in spring 2011, this impressive venue is the best of its type in the world.

 
Mayhem Paintball

Pryors Farm, Patch Park, Abridge, Essex, RM4 1AA (4 miles, 6 km)

tel: 01708 688517

Mayhem Paintball, established in 1987, has 14 different playing areas ranging from the Urban with cars and hay barns, to Aeroplane Wood with a huge crashed passenger aircraft, to Tank Convoy with a T-34 Battle Tank, and 2 Saracen APCs.

 
Myddleton House Gardens

Bulls Cross, Enfield, Hertfordshire, EN2 9HG (7 miles, 12 km)

tel: 08456 770600

Delve into the beautiful eight acres of Myddelton House Gardens and discover the compelling story of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists.

 
Nuclear Races Wild forest Centre

Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA (7 miles, 11 km)

tel: 07970 739037

Outdoor activity centre.

 
Old MacDonald’s Farm

VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY (8 miles, 12 km)

tel: 01277 375177

An award-winning Educational Farm and Leisure Park in the Essex countryside - on the outskirts of East London, with farmyard favourites, rare breeds and exotic animals, plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities.