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Historic Enfield

Enfield has a long and distinguished history which has something for everyone. 

Walk in the footsteps of Tudor kings and queens, explore grand houses of ages past, stand where Guy Fawkes stood when hatching the gunpowder plot or immerse yourself in myth and legend with a visit to the site of Camelot Castle!

Forty Hall & Estate
Forty Hall is one of the finest houses in England and a keystone in the story of London’s growth as a world city. Standing in its own Estate with formal gardens, parkland, lakes and café, you could spend many hours exploring here

Built in 1629 by Sir Nicholas Rainton, a former Lord Mayor of London, the Hall tells stories of the merchant classes of the city and you’ll learn about the archaeological remains of Henry VIII’s hunting lodge, Elsyng Palace, which lies to the north of the grand lime avenue.

A venture in to the Hall promises to delight and impress. Our permanent exhibition tells the story of Forty Hall & Estate throughout the ages and looks at the life and times of Sir Nicholas Rainton and life in the seventeenth century. With a range of visual and audio interpretation and displays there are ample ways for all of the family to engage with learning about the Hall in an enjoyable way.

There is also an annual programme of changing exhibitions, events and festivals for all.

For further information about Forty Hall & Estate please click here.

How to get there
Bus: 191, W8
Nearest train station: Enfield Town
Road: Forty Hill/Bull’s Cross (parking at entrance)

Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA.
Tel: 0208 363 8196

Trent Country Park
This important heritage site is one of the few surviving areas of the Royal Hunting Forest of Enfield Chase – a large forest, Royal deer park and hunting ground extending 12 miles north of the City of London.  For over 400 years it was enjoyed by many kings and queens including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I. 

Much of the park’s character has remained unchanged since the chase ended in 1777, but only 4 of the original chase woodlands survive today, one of which is the woods at Trent Country Park. It is also home to Camlet moat which, according to legend, is the site of King Arthur’s Camelot!

With over 400 acres of meadow, woodland, lakes and wonderful walking, cycling and horse riding routes, the park is an idyllic rural retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

How to get there
Tube: Cockfosters and Oakwood (Piccadilly Line)
Bus: 298, 299, 384, 121, 307
Road: A111 Cockfosters Road (parking at Cockfosters Rd entrance)

Trent Country Park, Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters, EN4 0PS

Enfield Market Square
Enfield Market was granted the first market charter in 1303 to Humphrey de Bohun, Lord of the Manor of Enfield by Edward I.  Recently, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Enfield to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Enfield Market.  The market is open three times a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) all year round.  

How to get there
Bus: 121, 317, 303, 377, W10, 192, 329, W8, W9
Train station: Enfield Town
Road: Southbury Road, Windmill Hill, London Road, Silver Street, (parking available in town centre)

Enfield Market Square, Enfield Town, EN2 6LT

St Andrew’s Church
This ancient architectural gem was built during the 13th century and is located next to Enfield Market. St Andrew’s Church is ornately decorated with colourful stained glass, monuments (including the beautifully stone carved tomb of Sir Nicholas Rainton) and a superb 18th century organ. 

How to get there
Bus: 121, 317, 303, 377, W10, 192, 329, W8, W9
Train station: Enfield Town
Road: Southbury Road, Windmill Hill, London Road, Silver Street, (parking available in town centre)

St Andrew’s Church, The Market Place, Enfield Town EN1 3EG

The King & Tinker Pub
King & Tinker Pub is one of the oldest pubs in England, parts of the building date back to the 16th century.  It is thought that a pub has stood on this site for over 1,000 years.   The curious name comes from a ballad about an encounter between King James I and a tinker.  Whilst hunting in Enfield Chase, the King was separated from his courtiers.  He visited this pub where he befriended a tinker who only discovered his new drinking pal’s identify when the courtiers turned up at the pub!

The area surrounding the pub is also associated with the infamous Guy Fawkes and Gunpowder Plot.  The original Whitewebbs House stood on the site of what is now Guy’s Lodge Farm in Whitewebbs Lane, opposite the King & Tinker Pub.   It is believed that on 30th October 1605 Guy Fawkes visited the cellar under the House of Parliament to check that the gunpowder was still in place and undiscovered.  Later her reported back to the leader, Robert Catesby at Whitewebbs House.

How to get there
Bus: W10
Nearest train station: Waltham Cross
Road: Whitewebbs Lane - nr M25, junction 25 (parking available)

The King & Tinker Pub, Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield, EN2 9HJ
Tel: 020 8363 6411

Whitewebbs Park
Whitewebbs Park is home to ancient woods that are documented in the Domesday Book and one out of the four still remaining sections of the Royal Hunting Forest - Enfield Chase.  With 196 acres of park and woods, home to 18-hole pay-as-you-play Whitewebbs Park Golf Course it is a beautiful piece of rural England, a stone’s throw away from central London. 

If you get hungry, tuck in at the Whitewebbs Carvery in the park’s magnificent 18th century house, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

How to get there
Bus: W10
Nearest train station: Crews Hill
Road: Whitewebbs Road, Clay Hill (parking available)

Whitewebbs Park, Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield EN2 9HH
Tel: 020 8363 2951

Myddelton House and Gardens
A gardener’s paradise, Myddelton House was formerly the ancestral home of the Parker-Bowles Family and a highlight of E A Bowles’s career as a horticulturalist.

This enchanting venue has a beautiful garden and an abundance of rare and unusual plants throughout the year, including the National Collection of Bearded Iris, a carp lake, rock garden and two conservatories.

How to get there
Bus: 217, 317, 327
Nearest train station: Turkey Street
Road: Bulls Cross (parking available)

Myddelton House and Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield EN2 9HG
Tel: 08456 770 600

Royal Small Arms Heritage Centre
Royal Small Arms Heritage Centre is a Grade II listed building with an exquisite 18th century clock tower.   It is the starting point of two fascinating heritage trails and information telling the story of the factory from 1816-1988 which produced the Lee Enfield Rifle and the Sten-gun.

How to get there
Bus: 121, 491
Nearest train station: Enfield Lock
Road: Mollison Avenue (A1055)

Royal Small Arms Island and Heritage Trail, 35 Island Centre Way, Enfield EN3 6GS
Tel: 01992 854 321

Broomfield Park
Broomfield Park was once home to James I’s hunting lodge, and although it no longer stands, the parkland has a rare example of a baroque water garden from the 18th century.  The park has something for everyone including a band stand which hosts live concerts, a model boat pond for power vessels and adventure playground.   It is an ideal spot for a picnic with excellent Greek delicatessens and bakeries near by. 

How to get there
Tube: Arnos Grove
Bus: 141, 329, 121, 34, 102, 299, W6
Train station: Palmers Green
Road: Aldermen’s Hill (A1004)

Broomfield Park, Broomfield Lane, Southgate N13 4HE

Capel Manor
A beautiful 30 acre estate first established in the late 13th century,Capel Manor Gardens provides a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables.

With over 60 gardens to explore you’ll be inspired by prize winning themed gardens, some you may recognise as previous Chelsea Flower Show winners, as well as front and back model gardens and historical gardens. Come and see behind the scenes at Greater London’s only Specialist College for horticulture, floristry, garden design, saddlery, animal care, tree surgery and environmental conservation and take home ideas for your own garden!

Capel Manor also has an inspiring annual programme of events for all the family plus animal stockyard and restaurant.

How to get there
Bus: 217, 317 (with a short walk to Capel Manor Gardens)
Nearest train station: Turkey Street
Road: Bullsmoor Lane - 400 yards from Junction 25 of M25 (free parking)

Capel Manor, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4RQ
Tel: 08456 122 122

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Whitewebbs Museum of Transport is full of memorabilia and nostalgic stories of England’s transport heritage.   Great for your and the more mature, come and lose yourself amongst the steam engines, old cars, fire engines, bicycles and an 1898 pumping station.

How to get there
Bus: W10
Nearest train station: Crews Hill
Road: Whitewebbs Lane – nr Junction 25 of M25 (free parking)

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Whitewebbs Road, Enfield EN2 9HW
Tel: 0208 367 1898

Southgate Underground Station
During the Art Deco movement, the extension of the Piccadilly Line saw the creation of innovative architecture with fine stations by Charles Holden.   The best example is the circular station parade at Southgate, which retains most of its original period features.

How to get there
Tube: Southgate (Piccadilly Line)
Bus: 121, 616, W6, 692, 628, W9, 125, 298, 299, 382, 688, 699
Road: A111, A1004

Southgate Tube Station, Station Parade, London N14 5BH

Grovelands Park
A late 18th century landscape, Grovelands Park is ideal for family outings, with café, children’s playground, fishing lake, basketball court, bowling green, football/cricket pitches, minature golf and tennis courts.

The park is also home to the picturesque 9 hole Groveland Pitch & Putt Course offering entertainment for families and golfers alike. 

How to get there
Tube: Southgate
Bus: 298, 121, 299, 611, W6
Nearest train station: Winchmore Hill
Road: The Bourne, A111

Grovelands Park, The Bourne, Southgate, N14 6RA

Jubilee Park
Jubilee Park was built to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V.  The park was formally a brick works and was opened in 1939 during a time of rapid development of the Lea Valley area, providing an “open space” for local residents. 

It is home to impressive Art Deco gates, a variety of trees, football pitches, tennis & basketball courts, bowling green and ornamental gardens.

How to get there
Bus: 149, 279, 363
Nearest train station: Edmonton Green
Road: Galliard Road (next to Hertford Road)

Jubilee Park, Galliard Road, Edmonton, N9 7RH

Oakwood Park
Once part of the Royal Chase, Oakwood Park was given to Geoffrey de Mandeville by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

It has an impressive avenue of Scarlet Oak trees, tennis courts, café, playground, pond for model boats, pitch & putt and grassland.

How to get there
Tube: Southgate & Oakwood (Piccadilly Line)
Bus: 307, 377, 121
Road: Oakwood Park Road

Oakwood Park, Oakwood Park Road, Southgate, N14 6QB

Pymmes Park
Pymmes Park dates back to the 14th century and was designated as a public park in 1897.

The performance area is built in the style of a modern amphitheatre and the listed Walled Garden was recently restored to its former glory.   It is an invaluable ecological resource with a wildlife area for bats.

How to get there
Bus: 34, 102, 444, 149, 279
Nearest train station: Silver Street
Road: Victoria Road nr, Sterling Way (A406)

Pymmes Park, Victoria Road, Edmonton N18 2UG

Town Park
The New River, completed in 1613, runs through Town Park and is home to a rich range of wildlife including flocks of swans. The River was the first fresh water course serving London when the Thames was nothing more than a running open sewer.  The river was built by the engineer, Sir Hugh Myddelton, an ancestor of the original owners of Myddelton House and still runs today from Broxbourne through Enfield, south towards London and into Sadler’s Wells.

Town park is a beautiful English village park hosting several large events throughout the year (including Autumn Show and 5th November Fireworks Display).

How to get there
Buses: W8, W9, W10, 121, 191, 231, 310, 310A, 311, 313, 317, 610, 610, 629
Nearest train station: Enfield Chase
Road: Cecil Road

Town Park, Cecil Road, Enfield EN2 6LE

This page was last updated on 09-Jun-2015.