Welcome To Discover Waltham Abbey

Usually we love you to come to see us at Waltham Abbey, but now we ask you please to stay away.   Many of our shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars are shut, as are the Abbey Church and other churches, the Museum, the Library, the Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.   The White Water Centre, the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Lee Valley Park Farms, Copped Hall and most sporting facilities are closed.   No events are taking place.  

During the current situation, please DO NOT TRAVEL TO WALTHAM ABBEY as you will be putting yourself and everyone else at risk.  Stay at home, stay safe and save lives.

Waltham Abbey is an Essex Market Town, with a rich history and heritage, set in picturesque countryside.

It is situated on the borders of Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater London, and is a Charter Market Town holding markets on Tuesday and Saturday.   It boasts excellent sporting and leisure facilities, including the White Water Centre which sits just on the edge of the town.   There are a number of highly-praised visitor attractions in the area, which we feature on this website.

Probably the most important is the magnificent Abbey, which has its roots in the monastic house founded by King Harold II in 1060.   Harold was Lord of the Manor of Waltham, and was reputedly brought back to the Church for burial after his death at the Battle of Senlac Hill in 1066.

Waltham Abbey is King Harold’s Town.

 Come and visit Waltham Abbey and go to our great tourist attractions, the wonderful Abbey and lovely Abbey Gardens, the first class Museum in Sun Street, the beautiful River Lea Country Park, the exciting White Water Centre, magnificent Copped Hall, amazing Epping Forest itself and the rest of our town. Stop for a while in the Town Centre and visit our interesting boutique shops; then drop in at one of our pubs, restaurants or teashops to refresh yourself for more tourism!