With its forests, heathland and lovely coastline, the New Forest National Park in Hampshire is one of the largest areas of unspoilt open countryside in southern England.
Famous for its ponies, deer and wildlife and popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, the New Forest offers tranquillity, entertainment and fun in equal measure.
The Georgian yachting town of Lymington
has fantastic shops and restaurants while the nature reserve at Keyhaven
, Hurst Castle
and the beaches at Barton and Milford offer stunning coastal views, watersports and seaside fun.
A former Royal hunting ground over 1000 years old, the New Forest has history in abundance and attractions for all ages, such as Paultons Park, with its thrilling rides, play areas and exotic birds, and beautiful Exbury Gardens
, with its steam railway, rare trees and colourful plants.
Beaulieu boasts the famous National Motor Museum
, and offers vintage cars, the Top Gear and Secret Army exhibitions, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey, while nearby Buckler’s Hard
explores the New Forest’s shipbuilding heritage.
Don’t forget the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst for more fascinating New Forest history and the many tempting restaurants, shops and pubs in the New Forest’s towns and villages.