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Waltham Abbey tourist information

Waltham Abbey, right on the border with Hertfordshire, close to London, yet very much a country town with Epping Forest to the east and Lee Valley to the west.

The town has a long history, originally based on the Abbey itself, with Royal visitors from the 11th century onwards.

After becoming a market town the Gun Powder Mills were established in the 1500's, the gunpowder being transported by barge. The industry stopped finally after the Second World War, the mills becoming an explosives research establishment which closed in the 1990's.

Today there is still a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, continuing a 700 year old tradition. Old buildings can be seen in the town and the Lee Canal, to the west, once used to transport the gunpowder, is now a pleasant place to walk.

There is a leisure park, Town Mead, with lake, adventure playground, shop, putting green, picnic and barbecue areas, as well as football pitches and tennis courts.

Tourist Attractions in and near Waltham Abbey to Visit

Activities

Activities

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

Lee Valley Regional Park Plenty to explore in this park that goes from Hertfordshire to the north all the way south to East London.

Lee Valley Park Farms Two farms with animals and play areas.

Lee Valley Boat Centre 4.0 miles A nice place for messing around in a boat.

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve 5.6 miles Enjoy the great outdoors with a walk in the woods.

Churches

Churches

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

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

Gibberd Gallery 6.8 miles Watercolours and drawings collection.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Copped Hall 2.9 miles A Georgian mansion with parkland.

Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge 3.6 miles A timbered framed building built for Henry VIII.

Rye House Gatehouse 5.9 miles All that is left of a large manor house.

Museums

Museums

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

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

Outdoors

Out & About

Eleanor Cross 1.5 miles A very famous cross in the centre of the town.

Rye Meads Nature Reserve 6.0 miles A small nature reserve, yet quite a lot to see.

Hainault Forest Country Park 7.5 miles Take a walk in the park, which also has a small zoo.

Zoos

Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Paradise Wildlife Park 4.8 miles One of the county's top family attractions.

Days Out around Waltham Abbey.

Off to Epping Forest

Towns Near Waltham Abbey To Visit - straight line distance:

Waltham Cross (1.51 miles) Cheshunt (1.95 miles) Broxbourne (4.26 miles) Epping (4.70 miles)
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Waltham Abbey Tourist Information Centre

  • 2 Highbridge Street
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 1DG
    Tel: 01992 652295
    Email: tic@walthamabbey.org.uk
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Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
Old Shire Lane Waltham Abbey EN9 3LX

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Waltham Abbey Weather
Sunday 20th April
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Monday 21st April
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