Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge

Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge

Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • DreamlandLets
    Margate, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest
    This beautiful Tudor building was actually built for Queen Elizabeth's father, King Henry Vlll, in 1543, it stands on the edge of the medieval royal hunting forest of Epping. There's a display of Tudor cookery on the ground floor, dressing up medieval costumes for children and adults on the first floor, and the top floor is devoted to the original medieval structure of the building. Outside in the grounds you can picnic or walk dogs, there are amazing panoramic forest views and next door is the information centre in The View, which also has a gift shop and an art gallery showcasing local artist whose work centres around the forest. On the other side of the Hunting Lodge is the Butler's Retreat, which contains a cafe. Due to the ancient nature of the building, the top floors of the Hunting Lodge are not accessible - it's said Queen Elizabeth used to ride her horse up the two flights of stairs! - but The View and Butler's Retreat are fully accessible, as are the grounds. A lovely day out, and not many crowds when I visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Well worth a visit.
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 21, 2014
  • Fred209
    Bantry Bay, South Africa11 contributions
    Queen Elizabeth hunting lodge
    The queen Elizabeth hunting lodge was a brilliant experience! I learned quite a lot of interesting facts about the Tudor’s. If you find that it gets a bit boring there is a beautiful wood/forest very close to the building. Basically;I would recommend this trip especially if you have children.
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 4, 2019
  • AlexSwallow
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,530 contributions
    Wonderful location and really nicely presented
    The Lodge is pretty small and you can have a decent look around in about 20 minutes. Really enjoyed our visit though: was impressed that it was free; liked the attitude of the guide (who clearly wanted us to have a nice time but wasn't overbearing) and particularly enjoyed dressing up in Tudor clothes! The location is stunning and the perfect spot from which to explore Epping Forest- plus the visitor centre for the Forest, a pub and a Premier Inn are right by it.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2015
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Bonviveurtraveller
London, UK51 contributions
Feb 2022
Managed by incompetent self serving penny pinchers.
I have been visiting this Lodge since I was a child and I recently took my son there. Sadly I would not enter because Epping Forest have decided to start charging £5.00 per head, even for small children. With my elderly parents with us, I would have had to pay £20 for us to walk around a small Tudor house, which takes at most 10 minutes to cover. (Ive probably been around the lodge dozens of times in my life, but will never go again as long as this detestable group of people remain managing this historic landmark.

The strangle hold these unelected, over paid public servants are putting on the people of Essex has got to stop. Only last month they sneakily put parking meters in all of the muddy clearing in the forest that local residents and visitors have used for free to park their vehicles for the past century.

As long as Epping Forest have a policy to discriminate against the poorest in society and make enjoyment of nature and history an expensive elitist pastime, I advice people to boycott this monument.
Written March 1, 2022
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Maldivesdiver68
LONDON64 contributions
What an amazing lodge. Has superb views of Epping forest. Peaceful area. Bit of magic. I go there a lot when I'm mountain biking. Stop off have a meal and drink and continue riding through the enchanting Epping forest. Steeped in history. You won't regret spending a hour or so here with the family or kids.

Nice pub next door aswell
Written January 21, 2015
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Jeremy B
Shrewsbury, UK760 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
Great old building with interesting interior and some costumes etc for kids - educational, interesting way to pass a rainy hour or so. Some good displays and a lovely setting and outlook.
Written August 28, 2014
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Purlyqueen
72 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Absolutely worth a visit.
One of my children is studying the Tudors at school, and it was so worthwhile for her. The ranger gave us lots of fascinating details about the lodge and why it was built. She is now writing a report about the lodge and her visit, so that she can pass on the information to her classmates.
It's an easy 10-minute walk from Chingford railway station. There is also a gallery, small shop and clean toilets.
Written July 1, 2019
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Mike C
London, UK72 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Well worth a visit, very convenient for Chingford station, and easy to combine with the Epping Forest and its visitor centre next door

The sort of historical building it's easy to overlook as it's on your doorstep
Written October 4, 2017
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Barry G
Bournemouth, UK78 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
I spent my childhood in Chingford,and really loved the Q.E.H.L.What a horrible suprise to see what the "experts" have done to the exterior.I have so many happy memories of the beautiful Tudor Beams adorning the outside walls, but now is is whitewashed in some cheap paint, which is flaking off everywhere, and makes the building look disgusting. Shame on you all for ruining the sight of this lovely building !
Written September 9, 2017
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Thanks for visiting Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. We're sorry if the Lodge's current appearance wasn't what you remembered. The older appearance with the darker oak beams - like those of the Royal Forest pub next door to us - was a 'mock Tudor' architecture that was popular during the Victorian period. That style of finish and Victorian additions were removed when our 16th century building was conserved in the 1980s. Perhaps that’s what you remember from your childhood? The Tudor beams are still there but are now limewashed in a traditional finish which is authentic to the Tudor period our building actually originates from. This finish allows the wood to breathe whilst also warding off moisture and rot. The limewash does flake off, but we have it reapplied in a regular cycle. We’re due another coat when we get a patch of dry weather, and we hope you come back and see the building in all its glory then. Here's a little light reading from English Heritage on limewashed Lavenham Guildhall if you’re interested: http://bit.ly/2ji3GQL Best wishes, The Epping Forest team.
Written September 12, 2017
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mrsbsouthend
Rayleigh, UK768 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
So rare these days to get a proper 'free' day out in the UK, usually its paying to get in places, paying for parking etc. Nightmare! Today I had a lovely Good Friday trip up to Waltham Forest. Used the sat nav code listed on here and parked for free opposite the hunting lodge. In close proximity is a Premier Inn and pub for dinners, a really lovely visitors centre with the most immaculate (ground floor) toilets I've ever seen, plus picnic tables. The Butlers retreat was very attractive too, with picnic tables front and back and possibly the best latte I've had in a long time!

The hunting lodge dates back to Henry VIII time and worthy of a wander around. Fun bit upstairs for kids (and adults while I was there!!) to try on clothes and pose for photographs. Lovely views from upstairs too, few bits to read and learn so great for history lovers. It won't take hours to walk around but as part of a lovely walk ( please go through the gate where the wooden deer are, walk right and then straight for a gorgeous walk around Connaught water), take a picnic and then visit the centre. A lovely trip out.
Written April 14, 2017
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Li0n_1983
London, UK2 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
When we visited last Saturday there was a very nice older gentleman on the top floor (which has the best views over the open land and the start of the forest). It turns out he has volunteered there for 14 years, and remembers playing in the area as a child between the two world wars. He also had some stories about what they did with the land to protect against German gliders landing there, from his time in the Home Guard. We had a very nice chat with him, and learned a lot.

I would encourage anyone passing through to take the time to wander in (the door has a notice suggesting you can get shown in by someone from The View, but the door was open and there were people inside so we just went in). Make sure you head up to the top floor and hopefully you’ll be able to have a chat with the same man we met – he was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and its history - or one of the other volunteers. On each floor there is also some information about the history of the building and the time in which it was constructed.

And to the gentleman we met on Saturday - thank you very much again for your time and sharing your knowledge with us!
Written April 3, 2017
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Angela P
Hatfield, UK306 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
A beautiful house, interesting story, great props & a chance to dress up in period costumes. All this for a donation. Amazing, a real surprise find. We all loved it & the visitor centre next door, which is all about Epping Forest.
Written September 27, 2015
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Rampit
London, UK100 contributions
The hunting lodge was renovated a year ago and now has a lovely visitors centre next to it. There are an informative displays about wildlife in Epping forest and a little about the history of the Hunting lodge used by Henry viii. A charming place for a visit and free.
Written May 26, 2015
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