The New Forest
Step back in time and discover the charm and natural beauty of this unique destination.
The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. Today deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland.
Clear rivers and shady groves provide tranquillity and a car-free haven for walking, cycling and horseriding. There are plenty of opportunities to hire a bike if you're coming from afar.
Take a stroll around the quaint traditional villages, explore the dusty antique shops or enjoy a pint of locally brewed cider or beer in one of our many friendly pubs.
New Forest Coastline
If you prefer coast to countryside, why not head for the cliff tops at Barton-on-Sea, take a ferry from Hurst Castle at Milford-on-Sea to Keyhaven harbour or watch the boats come into Lymington Quay? Or if you are feeling more energetic, the New Forest offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities on the gentle Beaulieu River.
Maps and Guides
The New Forest - a truly 'green' destination
The New Forest prides itself on offering visitors a 'green' experience. There are a number of businesses in the New Forest who are going that extra mile to help protect the environment while offering you the best service and facilities. Visit the official green tourism web pages for further details.
The Georgian market town of Lymington is set on the coast in the beautiful New Forest National Park, between Southampton and Bournemouth. Famous for its sailing history, there are two large marinas filled with...
Whether it's enjoying a riverside picnic, exploring the charming High Street or visiting the world-famous motor museum, the village of Beaulieu provides a great day out. Situated at the head of the Beaulieu...
Lyndhurst is the largest village in the New Forest and became the natural 'capital' of the area when William the Conqueror established his hunting grounds here. For centuries, Lyndhurst was the haunt of...