A timber-framed hunting grandstand built in 1543 for Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge stands in a beautiful part of Epping Forest.
Explore the Tudor kitchen, see the stairs which legend says Queen Elizabeth rode her horse up. Dressing up clothes, a quiz trail and brass rubbings are available for children. The View visitors centre is next-door.
Prices and Opening Times
Monday - Sunday , 10:00 - 17:00
Closed - 25 December.
Please check website for latest opening times.
Venue Details & Map
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
- +44 (0)20 8529 6681
- Public transport:
- Turn right out of station and follow Rangers Road up the hill. The Hunting Lodge is just after the Royal Forest Hotel.
- Payment Facilities
- Free entry
Top 5 reviews of Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
This is a Tudor hunting stand, built for King Henry VIII (the staircase is so wide as he had to be carried up it) so he could watch the hunting in the forest and shoot the odd arrow. Later the sides were covered and it became the building that we see now. It was massively and quite erroneously 'restored' by Victorians, who turned it into a black and white striped chocolate box picture. These... more
This modern looking lodge with exterior walls and an inside fire place over looking forest and meadow is the only surviving Tudor hunting lodge.
In the 16th century it was called "The Great Standing" - an elaborate OPEN SIDED viewing platform used by the corpulent Henry the Eighth and court to view hunting and equestrian displays. He was better able to gracefully ascend the "procession... more
I visited the Hunting Lodge this weekend as we decided to walk our dog in the area. I was not aware of this despite living in the general vicinity of this for some years! How have I missed this wonderful piece of history?
The property is very well maintained and free to enter.
At the moment there is a exhibition about the murdering of suspected witches and witch-hunts in the area in times... more
A beautiful historic building and a wonderful opportunity to visit a Tudor house for free. Henry VIII hunting lodge, but no proof that Queen Elizabeth actually visited.
The ground floor houses the kitchen with its original 16th century fireplace and has dummy mock ups of a wealthy persons dining table.
The first and second floor don't have such displays and it's only worth walking up, if... more
I brought a group up here today for a work trip, and I was pleasantly surprised!
It's a very neat building from the 1500s, first used as an open building for Henry VIII to go hunting from (they apparently corralled deer in for him to shoot with his bow and arrow from a chair in the building). Queen Elizabeth then closed it in and made it into the building it is today.
The building is... more