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Chigwell, "the first village in London", so close it has an Underground station and an outer London telephone number.

Mainly a residential area and famous as the fictional setting for the BBC series "Birds of a Feather".

In fact in the past it was very much a country area, with historical links to Epping Forest. Reminders of these links can be seen in its older buildings, with 18th century houses and a village atmosphere. A good example is the timber-framed 17th century inn "The King's Head", used in the 18th century for the ancient Forest Court of Attachments meetings.

Tourist Attractions in and near Chigwell to Visit



River Lee Country Park 6.9 miles Wildlife and walks in the Lee Valley.



Waltham Abbey Church 5.8 miles A Norman Abbey, with bells, in pleasant gardens.

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

William Morris Gallery 4.6 miles

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge 2.7 miles A timbered framed building built for Henry VIII.

Copped Hall 5.1 miles A Georgian mansion with parkland.



Redbridge Museum 4.3 miles

Vestry House Museum 4.6 miles

Epping Forest District Museum 5.6 miles Discover the local history in the town museum.

Royal Gunpowder Mills 6.2 miles The history of the mills and the science of explosions.

Hackney Museum 7.7 miles


Out & About

Hainault Forest Country Park Take a walk in the park, which also has a small zoo.

Eleanor Cross 6.5 miles A very famous cross in the centre of the town.

Days Out around Chigwell.

Across to visit Epping Forest

Towns Near Chigwell To Visit - straight line distance:

Waltham Abbey (5.54 miles) Epping (5.59 miles) Waltham Cross (6.51 miles) Cheshunt (7.42 miles)
How to get to Chigwell
Chigwell, Junction 5 M11, or A113 off the A406 (north Circular Road)
Chigwell Weather
Friday 31st October
Day :Sunny skies20°C Sunny skies
Night :Clear skies13°C Clear skies
Saturday 1st November
Day :Light drizzle17°C Light drizzle
Night :Clear skies11°C Clear skies
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