Historic places to visit

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.

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 bandstand which hosts live concerts, a model boat pond for power vessels and an adventure playground. It is an ideal spot for a picnic with excellent Greek delicatessens and bakeries nearby. 

Broomfield Park
Broomfield Lane
N13 4HE

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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 of which 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.

Capel Manor
Bullsmoor Lane
EN1 4RQ 

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Enfield Market was granted the first market charter in 1303. Humphrey de Bohun, Lord of the Manor of Enfield, accepted the charter from 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.  

Enfield Market Square
Enfield Town

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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, there’s more than enough here for hours of exploration.

Built in 1629 by Sir Nicholas Rainton, a former Lord Mayor of London, the Hall tells stories of the merchant classes of the city as well as the country’s monarchs. Henry VIII had his hunting lodge here at Elsyng Palace, and you can still see its remains to this day.

A venture into the Hall promises to delight and impress. Our permanent exhibition tells the story of Forty Hall and Estate throughout the ages and looks at the life and times of Sir Nicholas Rainton and life in the seventeenth century. Our video and audio accompaniment guarantees an engaging experience for all the family.

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

For more information, visit Forty Hall Estate.

Forty Hall
Forty Hill

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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, miniature golf and tennis courts.

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

Grovelands Park
The Bourne
N14 6RA

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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 and basketball courts, bowling green and ornamental gardens.

Jubilee Park
Galliard Road
N9 7RH

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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, a rock garden and two conservatories.

Myddelton House and Gardens
Bulls Cross

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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 and putt and grassland.

Oakwood Park
Oakwood Park Road
N14 6QB

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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.

Pymmes Park
Victoria Road
N18 2UG

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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 telling the story of the factory from 1816-1988 which produced the Lee Enfield Rifle and the Sten-gun.

Royal Small Arms Island and Heritage Trail
12 Island Centre Way

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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.

Southgate Tube Station
Station Parade
N14 5BH

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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.

St Andrew's Church
The Market Place
Enfield Town

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The King and Tinker is one of the oldest pubs in England, and 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 identity when the courtiers turned up at the pub.

The area surrounding the pub is also associated with the infamous Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The original Whitewebbs House stood on the site of what is now Guy’s Lodge Farm in Whitewebbs Lane, opposite the King and Tinker pub. It is believed that on 30 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.

The King and Tinker
Whitewebbs Lane

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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 November fireworks display).

Town Park
Cecil Road

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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 Royal deer park’s character has remained unchanged since the chase ended in 1777, but only four 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.

History of Trent Country Park booklet (PDF 3MB).

Trent Country Park
Cockfosters Road

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Whitewebbs Museum of Transport is full of memorabilia and nostalgic stories of England’s transport heritage. Great for young and old, the museum features steam engines, old cars, fire engines, bicycles and an 1898 pumping station.

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Whitewebbs Road

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Whitewebbs Park is home to ancient woods that are documented in the Domesday Book and one out of the four 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.

Whitewebbs Park
Whitewebbs Lane

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