Local Attractions

While the heritage railway and buses provide an interesting and atmospheric experience, EOR prides itself as being a family day out. Our heritage transport network links together a number of local attractions. Below are just a few suggestions of attractions that can complement any visit to the area and are well worth a visit.

Please note that EOR cannot be responsible for third party sites. Details of opening hours and admission prices are on each attractions own website.

This page includes ideas for all the family, places to stay and for Railway Enthusiasts.

Visit Ongar

Visit Ongar is an Ongar Town Forum website, which informs and provides suggestions to visitors. The site includes a list of local attractions, places to stay, a calendar of events, including the ever popular Ongar Carnival, Fireworks and Christmas Lights events that are well worth a visit if you are in the area around these times.

Greensted Church

Greensted Log Church

Location: Greensted Road, Ongar

The oldest wooden church in the world, dating from the 11th century. A beautiful little church with Tudor chancel and crusaders grave. Tolpuddle Martyrs settled here after their pardon. The railway runs a special bus service via Greensted Church on Gala event days, please check our timetable page for details.

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker and Rope Runners Adventure Course

Location: A128 Chipping Ongar to Brentwood road at Kelvedon Hatch.
(Opening Hours and Prices on websites)

The biggest and deepest cold war bunker open to the public in southeast England! Witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel - possibly even the Prime Minister - with their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.

The bunker site has recently expanded to include Rope Runners, the first high-wire adventure in Essex, offering an Adeline packed for all the family. They also offer paintballing, water zorbing, air rifle shooting and archery.

North Weald Museum

North Weald Airfield and Airfield Museum

North Weald Airfield was established in 1916, was in front line service during the Battle of Britain and is still very active, not only being used for aviation, but also a wide range of other sporting and leisure activities. It also hosts the UK's largest open air market, every Saturday. North Weald Airfield boasts some of the best aviation facilities in Eastern England, with it's long tarmac runways, engineering services for all types of both historic and contemporary aircraft and its excellent volunteer fire service.

The Airfield museum is housed in the former RAF North Weald Station Office. It is adjacent to what was the main entrance to this former Battle of Britain Fighter Station. The museum sets out to tell the story of a famous airfield that has protected London during two world wars. The story is told in displays, with photographs, artefacts and personal memories.

The Essex Way

The Essex Way
(Information available from Essex CC or here)

Location: map available by clicking here

Open all year, FREE admission.

The Essex Way is a long-distance path stretching right across the County of Essex from Epping Tube station in the south-west to the port of Harwich in the north-east, covering a distance of 81 miles. The path leads you through ancient woodlands, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes, unveiling historic towns and villages along the way. The path runs parallel to the railway between Epping, North Weald and Ongar, and offers an ideal way to stretch your legs exploring our beautiful countryside between stations, and perhaps also snap some pictures of the trains passing.

Mr Grumpy's Old fashioned Sweet Shop & Tilly's Tea Rooms
Ongar High Street

Take a step back in time, to when sweet shops were filled from floor to ceiling with jars of multi-coloured sweets, with amazing names and tastes at Mr Grumpy's sweet shop. They have sweets to suit all sweet teeth, and the adjacent Tilly's Tea Rooms offers a wide range menu, with seasonal specialities added to the menu.

Ashlyns Farm Shop, Restaurant & Experience, North Weald

Ashlyns offers a wide range of local farm produce, where you can get a taste of this part of Essex. The accompanying restaurant services a wide range of dishes, many of which have ingredients sourced from the local area, cutting down "food miles".

Epping Forest

Epping Forest

Admission: Free

The forest offers a variety of activities are offered including horse riding, rambling, cycling and model aeroplane flying, as well as acres of unspoilt forest to walk through, while you relax, unwind and enjoy our rich wildlife.

Epping Forest District Museum

Location: 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex

The museum tells the story of the people who have lived and worked in this part of west Essex from the earliest inhabitants to the present. Housed in a building dating to 1520. The Museum offers something for all the family, with plenty of gallery trails and hands on activities for kids.

Enjoy England

The official site for English tourism, for general information on family days out

Day out with the Kids

DayOutWithTheKids.co.uk

DayOutWithTheKids.co.uk - is an easy to use website for finding places to visit with your family all over the UK. Searchable by age of kids, county, town, postcode and indoor or outdoor attraction.

Essex Tourist Guide

Essex Tourist Guide

A guide to Essex hotels, accommodation, restaurants, Essex wedding venues, tourist attractions, places to visit and things to do in the county of Essex.

North Weald Village Life

has information about what's on in the North Weald Community.

Epping Forest Woodland Burial Park

is located alongside part of the line, and is open to the public to walk through and enjoy. The park offers an ideal place to see the woodland being managed, and you may even glimpse the trains passing.

Mountnessing Windmill

This is a medium sized post windmill from 1807 and still in working order and occasionally making flour. The mill makes for an ideal exploration in the agricultural past of the farming heritage of Essex.

Stock Windmill

This is slightly later, built in 1816 and has a brick tower, and is also still in working order and visitors can explore over the 5 floors. There is also the nearby Stock Heritage Centre.

Ingatestone Hall

The Hall was built during the reign of Henry VIII and retains many of its original features. It stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond. Please check their website for opening details.

Hyde Hall Gardens

This Royal Horticultural Society property comprises of 360 acres of gardens, offering something to see in any season. The gardens are in a low rainfall area and the poor soil conditions makes it a challenging area for gardening and demonstrates how it is possible to create a garden of beauty by working with the prevailing conditions. In addition nearby to the railway, Blake Hall gardens are occasionally open through the National Garden Scheme.

Local Accommodation

Long journey? Staying overnight? Need accommodation near the railway? Please visit the Places to Stay on the Visit Ongar website, which has a list of all local accommodation providers. There are peer reviewed list of accommodation on the popular Trip Advisor website.

General Sites for Rail Enthusiasts

Heritage Rail

Heritage Railways

The heritage railway association has a guide to member heritage railways in the UK and Ireland, including details of special events and operating days. This site includes a map showing all heritage railways.

Other local heritage railways include East Anglian Railway Museum, The Colne Valley Railway and Mangapps Railway Museum. The latter is the current home of...

Holden F5

The Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust aims to build a replica steam locomotive. It is to be hoped that we will once again see an F5 operating between Epping and Ongar.

For details on National Rail services, please visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ and for London Underground and Overground visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/.

Hywell Logo

For information on disused stations on London's Underground visit Hywel William's site.

There are a number of heritage railway magazines which kindly cover news of developments at EOR. These include Heritage Railway Magazine, Steam Railway, The Railway Magazine, RAIL Magazine, Traction Magazine, Modern Railways and online magazine Railway Herald

The Railway Centre

An informative site about the world of Railway resources.

GER

Great Eastern Railway Society

An informative site detailing the history of the Great Eastern Railway. EOR works closely with GERS, who have assisted with advice regarding the restoration of Ongar Station back into the GER period.

Railcar

A site for Diesel enthusiasts.

And for the young or for the young at heart Thomas the Tank Engine has his own site.

For an alternative perspective on the history of the railway visit James Lyon's site.