To make the most of your visit to the William Morris Gallery, why not explore what else Walthamstow has to offer.
A visit to the Gallery would not be complete without a stroll around Lloyd Park, which was originally the grounds to the Georgian mansion in which the William Morris Gallery is housed. These grounds were a source of great enjoyment and inspiration to the young William Morris, who once briefly marooned himself on the moated island.
Morris developed his love of nature at an early age, and a beautiful William Morris contemporary garden, just behind the house, includes many of the plants which feature in his designs. See how many you can find.
Vestry House Museum
Why not also visit nearby Vestry House Museum, which tells the history of the people of Waltham Forest. The Museum offers a regular programme of special exhibitions and family activities. Favourite exhibits include the police cell and the Bremer Car, Britain’s first petrol engine motorcar. The Museum also houses Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library.
Vestry House Museum is located in historic Walthamstow Village, around 15 minutes’ walk from the Gallery. At the centre of the village is St. Mary’s Church. The church has been much altered and extended over the years since the first permanent flint building in the 12th century.
Nearby look out for the Monoux Almshouses, which were built by a wealthy benefactor in 1527. A second row, named The Squires Almshouses, dating to 1795 stand next to the churchyard, while across from the church is Walthamstow’s oldest secular building, known locally as the 'Ancient House'. This timber-framed building dates from the 15th century and was carefully restored in 1934 and 2002. Once home to the “Lord of the Manor” it is now a private house.
Walthamstow Village is also home to a number of pleasant shops and eateries centred on Orford Road.
While you are in the area, the Walthamstow High Street is well worth a visit. It is home to Walthamstow Market, one of the longest street markets in Europe, and there are plenty of places to eat and bargains to be found.
The Mall shopping centre is also located on the High Street.
Walthamstow Wetlands is the capital's largest urban wetland nature reserve, providing a special home to many important wildlife species. Here you can enjoy some peace and quiet, while getting closer to nature and discovering the fascinating history of this unique urban nature reserve. You can also enjoy the hospitality of the café, situated in the Engine House Visitor Centre.