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Visiting Epping Forest District Museum


39-41 Sun Street
Waltham Abbey


01992 716882

Opening times

Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 10am- 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: closed

Safety measures

The museum was awarded a Visit Britain ‘We’re Good to Go’ safety certificate, which shows that a business adheres to the Government and public health guidance.

We have also included signage throughout the museum to guide you around the building and ensure social distancing can be adhered to throughout. Entry will be by the front door and there is queueing system in place if needed.

To ensure the safety and comfort of visitors and staff there will be a hand sanitiser station at the entrance and extra cleaning routines in place.

People will be encouraged to maintain social distancing and, in line with government guidance, visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings if possible.

An extra cleaning regime is now in place and this is carried out throughout the day. This includes extra cleaning of door handles and rails.

Museum staff will also be asking visitors to leave their contact details to help with Test, Track and Trace.

Opening Hours

Monday: 10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday: 10 am- 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: closed


We have temporarily removed or turned off the museum interactives to help keep everyone safe. Our explore kits will still be available from reception and will be sanitised between each user.


Admission is free. Donations are gratefully received. Some activities and events have a separate charge

Our shop has a great selection of local history books, gifts, cards and souvenirs on offer for all ages and pockets.

There is a delightful garden which is a beautiful open space featuring a mosaic commemorating our National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment in 2016.

Access and facilities

The museum is fully wheelchair accessible with step free access. Baby changing facilities are located beside the ground floor toilets.

Epping Forest District Museum is committed to providing access to all. Where it is not possible to make a visit, please call the museum on 01992 716882 to find out more about available digital and outreach resources.

The museum welcomes assistance dogs and water can be provided if required.

Find us

By car

From Crooked Mile Roundabout (from Harlow/Epping):

  • Continue down the Crooked Mile from the roundabout
  • At the traffic lights (restaurant on your right) turn right into Quaker Lane
  • Follow Quaker Lane round to the left
  • As the road bends to the right, take the first right into the entrance to Quaker Lane car park
  • Walk through to Sun Street from the car park (by the side of the white cottage) and turn right towards the library/museum

From the M25:

  • Exit at Junction 26
  • At the end of Honey Lane, turn left at the mini roundabout in to Farm Hill Road
  • At the lights at the end of Farm Hill Road (BP Garage on your left), turn right
  • Turn left at the lights (restaurant in front of you) and follow the road round into Quaker Lane
  • Take the first right into the entrance to Quaker Lane car park
  • Walk through to Sun Street from the car park – by the side of the white cottage and turn right towards the library/museum


Parking is available in our pay and display car parks in the town centre just a short walk to us, at:

Parking is also available at the Abbey Gardens car park, which is approximately a 10-minute walk from the museum.

Public transport

  • Train: We are a 30-minute walk from Waltham Cross Railway Station. A taxi rank is located outside the station. Buses also operate from Waltham Cross Bus Station, which is a 5-minute walk from the train station.
  • Bus: Bus routes to Waltham Abbey run from Epping, Loughton, Harlow and Waltham Cross. The nearest bus stop to us is on Quaker Lane, by the Quaker Lane car park. The number 13, 66, 86 and 251 buses stop at this bus stop.

For timetables check the links below:

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