Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge



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King Henry VIII commissioned this timber-framed hunting lodge in Epping Forest in 1542 and it was completed the following year. Three storeys high, it served as a viewing platform from which spectators could watch the hunt while taking part in lavish feasting. Foreign dignitaries and various noblemen and women would be invited here if they found themselves in favour with the royalty of the day. In Tudor times, the Lodge’s upper floors would have been open to the elements and on hunt days the building would be decorated with colourful flags and banners. Still surrounded by ancient woodland, the Lodge overlooks the old hunting field as it was originally designed to do. You can explore the Tudor kitchen and the King's shooting gallery and while looking at the staircase, contemplate the legend that Queen Elizabeth I rode her white horse up it to celebrate the victory over the Spanish Armada.

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
8 Ranger's Road,LONDON,E4 7QH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Hearing loop, large format plain English displays
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Tue-Sun 10-5

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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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