Opening Times & Prices Forty Hall Estate Free admission (charges apply for special events) Open daily except Mondays, 24 - 25 December and first full week of January. Summer: (1st April – 31st October) Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 5pm Hall open on Bank Holidays 12 noon - 5pm Winter: (1st November – 31st March) Tuesday - Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 4pm Hall open on Bank holidays 12 noon - 4pm
Explore the Estate 1 Children’s Play Area 2 Cycle or walk the
Greenway Path which links Hadley Wood to Enfield Island Village
3 Admire Jesus Church (built in 1835) from the Greenway Path.
5 Elsyng Palace would
have once stood in the estate, visible clearly from the top floor of Forty Hall. It was here that Edward VI learned he was to be king, following the death of his father Henry VIII.
6 Walk over or under
Maiden’s Bridge by Turkey Brook.
7 Enjoy exquisite views
from the foot of the Lime Avenue looking up to the Hall, a very beacon within the estate.
Forty Hall Farm Adults £2: free for children Farm and Farm Shop open weekends 11am - 4pm Join the Friends of Forty Hall Park. For more information visit www.friendsoffortyhallpark.org Forty Hall Estate, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA www.fortyhallestate.co.uk Tel: 020 8363 8196
Mobility Scooter & Bicycle Hire Free hire of bikes and scooters are offered on request for those wishing to explore the Estate. Forty Hall reserves the right to alter dates, times prices and facilities on display without prior notice. All details are correct at time of printing.
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9 Marvel at mystical
Medieval Fishing Ponds; rare water gardens made more formal by Sir Thomas Lovell in the 1500s. Can you spot our resident Kingfishers or Herons?
historic working farm, open to the public 11am - 4pm (weekends). Meet the rare-breed livestock and see behind-the-scenes!
Our staff are committed to making Forty Hall Estate accessible for all. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.
the weir, linking the lands of Forty Hall Estate and Myddleton House and Gardens. A perfect bridge for Poohsticks!
11 Forty Hall Farm is a
8 See the new bridge over
10 Enjoys walks through woodland looking over to the farm animals. In spring witness the blanket of bluebells covering the woodland floor.
4 Here marks where the entrance gates to Elsyng
Palace once stood. If you look hard enough you will find evidence of a forge in the area, where a blacksmith would have tended to the hooves of horses arriving from London.
Link up to the London Loop! Forty Hall Estate is part of section 17 and from this point you can head to Clay Hill or Enfield Lock.
Picnic with friends and family in the meadow.
12 The traditional and organic
Forty Hall Farm Orchard is run by volunteers and promotes biodiversity, bringing people together to learn about growing fruit and to share in its eating. Historically, an orchard stood here in the 1830s! 13 Forty Hall Community
Vineyard is an exciting, not-for-profit social enterprise, run by volunteers which picks up the tradition of English winemaking introduced by the Romans. It is the first commercial scale vineyard in London since medieval times!
Visitors Attraction Key
1 Children’s Play Area 2 Greenway Path 3 Jesus Church 4 Entrance gates 5 Elsyng Palace. 6 Maiden’s Bridge 7 Lime Avenue 8 Bridge over the Weir 9 Medieval Fishing Ponds 10 Woodland 11 Forty Hall Farm 12 Forty Hall Farm Orchard 13 Forty Hall Community Vineyard 14 Forty Hall Farm Shop 15 Garden Mound 16 Graves of Dogs 17 Nice Green Café Relax 18 Forty Hall 19 Magnolia Tree 20 Cedar of Lebanon 21 Pleasure Grounds 22 Kissing Gate 23 Walled Garden
14 Pick up organic meat and vegetables produced on the farm from the Forty Hall Farm Shop (open Weds, Sat & Sun).
17 Nice Green Café
Relax and unwind over tea, coffee and delicious seasonal refreshments which are locally sourced. Ingredients are fresh from Forty Hall Farm! Dogs welcome.
18 Forty Hall 19 Look out for the
magnificent Magnolia Tree planted in the 19th century on the south wall of the Hall, climbing to the roof. 20 One of the oldest Cedar
of Lebanon trees in England, planted at the turn of the 18th Century.
15 Sit on benches on the Garden Mound admiring views across the ornamental lake. 16 Discover the graves of the
Parker-Bowles’s dogs on the Garden Mound, dating from the 1930s. A favourite curiosity of local residents whose children once left bouquets of wildflowers in memorial.
The gardens and parkland are cared for the year round by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. How many gardeners will you see in action today?
22 Walk through the
kissing gate from Forty Hill and admire the Hall from the south-east direction.
23 Walk around the original
21 Stroll through the
Pleasure Grounds and enjoy the 18th century inspired landscape.
Walled Garden, formerly a Kitchen Garden to appreciate the beautiful planting. Spot the wisteria and look out over Forty Hall Farm from the gardens.
Visitor Guide Discover one of London’s best-kept secrets Free admission
Explore the Hall GROUND FLOOR
Step in to the Hall & Estate to discover an untold story of London. Forty Hall is a Grade I Listed Jacobean Mansion set within an idyllic Grade II Listed Estate. The Hall and Gardens have been fully restored to magnificence and there is now plenty of things to do and see here: Admire beautifully restored rooms and fine architecture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Explore the exhibition which looks at the history of Forty Hall. Stroll around the stunning gardens and parkland.
Explore the Hall
Great Hall: A fine early 17th century room where Sir Nicholas Rainton would have received his guests. Admire the reconstruction paintwork on the fireplace, the very decorative choices of Rainton himself.
Events & Exhibitions An exciting events and exhibition programme is offered all year round including seasonal family days, tours, talks, concerts and festivals. Pick up a what’s on publication in the Hall today or visit the website.
Grand Staircase: Stunning English Oak replica Jacobean staircase recreates the original flow of the house. Learn about Rainton’s trade as a haberdasher before you ascend the staircase.
Forty Small Trail Bags
Free photographic trail to lead children on an adventure of discovery around the Hall using binoculars. For ages 5 - 7 years and 8 - 11 years. Available from reception.
Weddings & Events The Hall and Banqueting Suite are available to hire for private and corporate functions. A stunning backdrop for any event! Speak to a member of staff today. Parlour
Cedar Gift Shop
Should you have any questions on your visit today please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.
Volunteering The Hall & Estate has an active volunteering programme. If you would like to volunteer in roles in the Hall, Park, Vineyard or Orchard please visit the website.
Cedar Gift Shop: Pick up a souvenir or a seasonal gift!
The Long Gallery: Added in the later 17th century this servant’s hall would have included a secondary kitchen and other service rooms.
Hidden Trail Chests
Hand carved wooden chests, bursting with child-friendly activities in the Great Hall, Kitchen (ground floor), Inner Chamber and Withdrawing Chamber (1st floor).
Kitchen: Explore the 17th and 18th century kitchen, with equipment that can be opened, touched and explored.
The Height Door! In the 19th century the Meyer family, owners of Forty Hall, started a tradition of recording their children’s heights on a door which was continued by the Bowles family into the 20th century. Located in the Cedar gift shop. Inner Courtyard: Enjoy exploring the finds that have been discovered outside the Hall in this covered courtyard.
Visit the Farm to meet the animals.
Enhance your visit…
Parlour: Marvel at the best preserved 17th century room, come face to face with Rainton himself and dine at the table.
Family Room: Retreat in to the comfort of this space to learn Ante-Chamber: Sneak behind the chimney about pageantry – children will love dressing to discover secrets of the up and re-enacting the house and the changes Pageant to audio! that have been made – admire the hand-painted Enjoy the family-friendly books and toys. wallpaper, hidden from view for so long.
Withdrawing Chamber: Sit in the quiet of this space and read the replica 1611 bible.
Great Chamber: Once the largest room in the house, used for feasts and dances, this room is now dressed as an 18th century space.
After Forty Hall Estate…
Bed Chamber: Retire to Sir Nicholas’ bed chamber to admire the reproduction French bed, one the most popular of beds in the early 17th century, sumptuously decked out in fabrics. Read Rainton’s will and find out about the family he left behind.
Inner Chamber: The model in the centre of the room illustrates the original layout of the house. This was significantly changed by later owners of the Hall. Find out about the families who followed Sir Nicholas here.
Elsyng Room: Did you know that Forty Hall was built overlooking a palace owned by Henry VIII? Elsyng Palace was rediscovered in the 20th century, after having fallen to ruin long before. It is now one of the most important Ancient Monuments in England.
After your trip why not visit nearby Capel Manor and Myddelton Gardens to explore more of this hidden part of London? Capel Manor Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4RQ www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk A beautiful 30 acre estate first established in the late 13th century, Capel Manor Gardens provides a colourful, scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. With over 60 gardens to explore there’s plenty to do!
The maps of Enfield and Middlesex dating from the 16th century.
The Chamber: Trace the most recent owners of Forty Hall, including the Meyers and the Bowles family.
Welcome to Forty Hall Estate
Rooms may be subject to change dependent on the contemporary visual programme
Myddelton Gardens Bulls Cross, Enfield EN2 9HG www.leevalleypark.org.uk A stone’s throw away, Myddelton House and Gardens is a gardener’s paradise. Where better to learn about horticulture than the ancestral home of the Parker- Bowles Family and a highlight of E A Bowles’s career as a horticulturist.
Wine and Dine in the evening…
For those looking to wine and dine after your visit please visit the website for local pub recommendations or speak to a member of staff.