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.
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.
William Morris Gallery 4.6 miles
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
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)