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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 is also a wonderful recreational resource for many different activities including walking, dog walking, cycling, horse riding, football, golf, cricket and boating.

There are three visitor centres in Epping Forest.

Epping Forest Gateway incorporating The View, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and Butler's Retreat Café is at Rangers Road, Chingford.

The View is open seven days a week and has an extensive stock of maps and guide books to the Forest, wildlife guides, attractive gifts and children's pocket money toys. There is also a changing selection of craft and artists' works created by local artists, including bowls turned from wood from the Forest. Staff are on hand to answer your every query about the Forest.
The visitor centres should be your first port of call to find out about the facilities the Forest has to offer. You can apply for a riding licence at The View or pick up information from our selection of leaflets and guides. The View is our booking office for a variety of events including guided walks, children's activities and open-air theatre. Don't miss the balcony! It is crafted from solid oak and gives views over Chingford Plain which are enjoyed by all our visitors.
The other Forest centres are located at The Temple, in Wanstead Park and The Visitor Centre at High Beach. Visit for more information.

The High Beach Visitor Centre is situated at High Beach, a traditional Epping Forest beauty spot. Staff are on hand to advise you about your visit and help you enjoy the forest. A full range of leaflets and maps are available, as well as a good selection of toys, gifts and souvenirs including items made from Epping Forest wood. The Visitor Centre is the place to come to buy tickets for events or horse riding licences.

Opening times
•Open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 3pm
•The Visitor Centre is open on Bank Holidays; it is closed on Christmas Day.
•Refreshments are available at the King’s Oak pub and from kiosks both alongside the pub and by the Pillow Mounds, High Beach.

•The Epping Forest Field Studies Centre, which is located next door,
•Public toilets are available in High Beach car park and in the Visitor Centre itself.

The Visitor Centre is a purpose built ground floor building and is fully accessible. The Easy Access path just outside leads the visitor on an attractive loop through Epping Forest with some showcase ancient pollards and attractive views which will be enjoyed by wheelchair users, people with buggies or anyone who would prefer a hard surface and clear route for their walk.
Browse our selected giftware and traditional toys. We supply a choice of maps and guide books about the forest and related discounted books on wildlife and related topics. We’re doing our bit to recycle your old books, so browse our ‘Spread the Word Shelf’ or donate us your unwanted novels or other books to share with our visitors. Birds and squirrels enjoy tasty snacks at the bird feeder, so come and watch from the comfort of the Visitor Centre. We have plenty of different bird identification guides for sale, so start your bird watching expeditions here. Come and look at the natural history displays. Children and families in particular will enjoy our traditional display case of forest wildlife. See how many different birds, butterflies and mammals you can spot both in the case and around the building.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The High Beach Visitor Centre is situated behind the landmark - the King’s Oak pub on Queen’s Green, High Beach. Free car parking is available in several areas of High Beach. Loughton Station (Central Line) is the nearest tube station and is about a 30 minute walk away through the forest and Loughton town centre.

The nearest railway station is Loughton Station, which is 2 miles away.

Epping Forest

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Epping Forest, Paul's Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AE

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  • Other AwardsGreen Flag Award Green Flag Award 2016

Opening Times

* The View is open seven days a week including Bank Holidays; it is closed on Christmas Day.
Please goes to the website for current opening times at the other centres

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