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Hainault Forest

Hainault Forest, Romford Road, Chigwell, IG7 4QN

Contact us using either of our current email addresses below and a member of the team will get back to you:

Opening Times

Visitor Centre: Mon-Fri: 10am – 4pm, Sat-Sun: 10am – 5pm
1856 Cafe: 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week
All car parks: 8am – 8:30pm, 7 days a week



We recommend using what3words to help find your way around our space. This gives a unique three word code for each 3x3m square of the forest. If you want to meet someone in a particular spot or even if you find yourself a little unsure of where you are, what3words makes it easy for others to find you and for you to find very specific spots.

We’ve started you off with some key points around the forest to get you started:

  • Main road entrance: soil.beans.backs
  • Main pedestrian entrance: rear.soap.levels
  • 1856 Café:
  • Woodland Trust Visitor Centre: cowboy.enjoy.bets
  • Common car park (Lambourne Road): filler.voices.vase
  • Angel car park (Manor Road): loving.system.option

Plan your journey

Transport for London

Use Transport for London to plan your journey to Hainault Forest.


Both of the car parks closest to the Forest Centre have charges that are applicable at all times. These are cashless car parks that use the Ringo parking app. It’s quick and simple to use, but it’s handy to have the app already downloaded onto your phone prior to your visit.

How to Pay for Parking

You can pay using RingGo by iPhone, Android, Blackberry 10 and Windows apps or Text RingGo to park or call 020 3046 0010, calls charged at local rates. Please note:

  • When paying for parking please ensure that you have the correct car registration details selected, as you can register multiple vehicles.
  • If you are phoning to pay for parking, you are offered a reminder text when your time will expire and this will cost 6p a text. If you do not require a reminder text, listen until the end of the call and select the correct number to opt out.
  • Parking for motorcycles is free provided they are within a bay.

If you have any questions about how to sign up for the service, call RingGo on 0905 009 1122. Calls to this number cost £1.53 per minute plus network charges. For more information please visit RingGo website.


  • Up to 1 hour: £1.50
  • Up to 2 hours: £2.60
  • All day: £5.50

There are two smaller Woodland Trust car parks on the opposite side of the forest (off Lambourne Road / Manor Road). These are free of charge, but can be busy at peak times and you’ll need to stroll through the forest to get to the main visitor facilities, so bear this in mind when planning your visit.

Cycle parking is available outside the Woodland Trust Visitor Centre.

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