This is part of the Epping Gateway, Epping forest being a Royal playground for much of the past millenium as well as a the go-to park of the huddled masses. The lodge was built in 1543 to the order of Henry VIII (makes you wonder why it is Queen Elizabeth's Lodge). It was built as a gallery, which is why it is so tall, where the monarch and courtiers could observe the forest and hunt in comfort while taking potshots using crossbows at passing deer. Rather unsporting from todays perspective. Discover the sights and sounds of a Tudor kitchen on the ground floor, where you can learn about class and cuisine through the lavish display of a Tudor dinner table. Explore the world of Tudor fashion on the first floor, where they have a range of Tudor outfits for you to try on, and guides to Tudor heraldry. From the second floor windows, you can admire the most spectacular view of the Forest and imagine it on a Tudor hunt day, or look up and marvel at the beautiful puzzle of Tudor timber roof construction.
The hunting lodge is next to, what is called, The View. The View is the perfect place to start a day out in the Forest, with maps, helpful staff, frequent events, and two waymarked trails starting at the back door. While you're there, you can learn the story of Epping Forest through the interactive displays, check out our regular art and history exhibitions and learn the Forest's importance to the community. Should you be feeling peckish you can buy venison joints, sausages, burgers and diced meat from their responsibly-reared and -managed herd at Theydon Bois Deer Sanctuary. They are now selling Longhorn beef from the Epping Forest cattle herd, with the proceeds paying for new cattle to graze the Forest. The View is designed to welcome all visitors. The building isfully wheelchair accessibleand other features include: Hearing loop; Sensor-operated front glass doors; Lift to the first floor; Unisex accessible toilet; Large print versions of displays and Front of house staff members who are happy to help. In the Hunting Lodge the ground floor is fully accessible. Shallow wooden stairs lead to the upper two floors, and we keep a photographic guide to the upstairs exhibitions for those with further access difficulties. Detailed statement of accessibility.
Location : 8 Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH.
Transport: Chingford (Overground Lea Valley Line). London Buses routes 20, 97, 179, 212, 313, 379 and 444 stop nearby.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00.
Tickets : Free.
Tel: 020 7332 1911