Places to Visit

The areas and places we have included on this page, are just a few of the attractions and towns that you can visit easily during your stay in the New Forest's 93,000 acres. To appreciate it fully and to discover more of the Forest's Unique Nature, come and spend some time here.



Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Abbey and Beaulieu Palace House are just part of your day at Beaulieu. Don't forget to enjoy a ride on the monorail or the open top bus around the Beaulieu Estate. Tel: 01590 612345

Buckler's Hard

A private maritime 18th ship building village with the chance for you to discover all about how ships were made and launched here using New Forest Timber. Located just outside Beaulieu on the Beaulieu River. Tel 01590 616203

Hurst Castle Ferry

Regular Ferry Trips from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle and to the Isle of Wight taking in the Needles from Keyhaven. Tel: 01590 642500

Sammy Millers Motorcycle Museum

300 rare and exotic motorbikes are waiting for your to discover them along with a craft shop and tea rooms. Sammy Miller's is in New Milton. Tel: 01425 616446

The New Forest Tour

An open top bus ride around the New Forest with room for your bike! An idea way to enjoy the New Forest views - regular tours, lasting about 2 hours. Lymington to Lyndhurst. Tel: 023 8061 4459

Wight Link Ferry

Regular Ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight Lymington, whether you choose to spend a day or a week in on the Island, there is plenty to enjoy.  Tel: 0870 582 7744

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

Fantastic Family Museum with lots of hands on activities. Learn about Lymington's Salt Marshes, St Barbe himself, and Lymington's Smuggling history. Regular changing art exhibition too. Tel: 01590 676969

New Forest Otter,Owl Wildlife Conservation Park

Meet the Otters, Wood mice and Hedgehogs in close quarters and discover more about the New Forest's Animals. There is the opportunity to see a Fox, Badge and meet some very friendly deer! At Ashurst in the New Forest. Tel: 023 8029 2408

Longdown Activity Farm

Feed the farm animals, play in the playbarn - something for all weathers, at this family friendly farm park at Ashurst, Lyndhurst. Also local produce available to buy at Longdown Farm Shop. A great day out whatever the weather. Tel: 023 8029 2837

New Forest Cider

Traditional cider makers in the heart of the beautiful New Forest National Park, we make our cider with a blend of traditional cider apples and our own orchard fruit. Tel: 01425 403589

Paultons Park

Paultons Park, the New Forest's theme park. No 1 for a Family day out. Come along and enjoy the Raging River rides, meet the dinosaurs, ride the dragon and more. Tel: 023 8081 4455

New Forest Activities Canoeing, Kayaking & Archery in the New Forest

Explore Beaulieu River by kayak or open canoe, have a go at Archery or try Sea Kayaking - activities need to be booked in advance. Tel: 01590 612377

Puffin Cruises

Ferry and Cruises from Lymington Quay, to the Isle of wight, along Lymington River and out to the Needles. Tel: 07850 947618

Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley is an area of Woodland which incorporates "Go Ape" a high wire challenge for the over 10's, an amazing playtrail, cycle routes, orienteering, a golf course, 2 children's play areas and a miniature steam railway. Pay only for parking, Go-Ape and activities... playtrail is free!

Libertys Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre

At Liberty's Raptor and Reptile centre not only can you meet the birds up close, watch daily flying displays and handle some unusual reptiles, you can have great fun learning about them too. Pop along to Ringwood to find out for yourself. Tel: 01425 476487

Lymington Town Tours

Lymington Town Tours - Lymington Town Tours was the inspiration of the late Jack Bradbury who, having retired to the town soon realised that it was a rare jewel steeped in history, mystery and skull duggery. In 1986, with the assistance of Helen Theobald, Lymington Town Tours was born. Initially just one walk covering the history of Lymington it now boasts six walks around Lymington and one in nearby Milford on Sea.


Dry Slope, Snowbobbing, Ringos and an outdoor activity park for children. Snowtrax is in Christchurch. Tel: 01202 499155

Guided Tours of the New Forest

An eight seater people carrier will take you for a tour of the New Forest from Lyndhurst, Call for more details. Tel: 023 8028 2269

Breamore House & Countryside Museum

Breamore Manor House, Countryside Museum, Children's maze and more. hosts a variety of attractions for all the Family. Breamore House is near Fordingbridge Tel: 01725 512468

Rockburne Roman Villa

Visit the remains of the largest Roman Villa in the area. Rockburne Roman Villa is at Fordingbridge. Tel: 01725 518541


Broadlands Historic House and Estate, home of Lord Mountbatten came be found at Romsey. Tel: 01794 505010

Adventure Wonderland

Family fun whatever the weather at Hurn, near Christchurch. All winter enjoy the indoor soft play barn, then during the summer enjoy a variety of outdoor rides and theatre shows. Tel: 01202 483444

Hythe Ferry Victorian Pier railway & boat trips on the Waterside Hythe

The oldest pier railway is a lovely treat to enjoy, from here you can enjoy a ferry trip to Southampton viewing the cruise liners at berth, and them take a free shuttle bus to the Southampton town centre shops. Tel: 023 8084 0722

Eling Tide Mill

A 900 year old mill and heritage centre at Totton, with freshly ground flour for sale. Tel: 023 8086 9575

Sea Fishing Trips

Try something different and spend the day fishing around the Needles with a fishing trip on the Solent. 3, 6 and 8 hour trips available, setting off from Keyhaven. Tel: 01425 612896

New Forest Outdoor Centre Emery Down, Lyndhurst

Offering sessions for adults and children and fun team builds etc. High Ropes, Low Ropes, Zip Wire, Archery, Shooting and lots more. Corporate Groups and Team Leadership/Development Programmes. Pre-booking essential. Minimum group sizes apply. Coasteering and climbing instruction is also available. Tel: 02380 284 401

Serendipity Sams Indoor Play Centre

Serendipity Sams Indoor Children's Play centre, ideal for family fun or wet holidays at Romsey and Christchurch. Tel: 01794 514242

Burley Deer Park Safari

Tractor and trailer rides to see Red Deer in the village of Burley. Tel: 07801 345264

Walking in the New Forest

A sample walk from a great book to help you enjoy the New Forest... discover Langley Wood.

New Forest Museum

Discover the traditions of the New Forest at the Museum in the main car park in Lyndhurst. Free entry for under 16's. Tel: 023 8028 3444

Fordingbridge Museum

Displays include the old town, exhibition shops and the Smugglers Inn. Free admission!Based in Fordingbridge. Tel 01425 655222

Muddygate Horse Drawn Carriage

A different way to experience the New Forest is in an open horsedrawn carriage. Parties of 6-8. Please phone for more details. Tel: 07967 968224

Sunrise Bushcraft Ringwood

Sunrise Bushcraft run a full programme of Bushcraft and Survival courses in the UK based from our 700 acre woodland on the edge of the New Forest. These courses range from day long taster sessions where you will learn fire, water, knife and shelter skills to more advanced 2 and 3 day courses where you will learn to live comfortably in the woods. Having recently been featured on a major BBC1 documentary we cater for all ages and abilities and are fully qualified professional instructors, fully insured and able to deliver a wide range of programmes. Tel: 07775912649 or Email: info@sunrisebushcraft for full details.

Vinegar Hill Pottery

Vinegar Hill Pottery is a fully functioning pottery with show room for a unique gift. Pop along to Milford on Sea to discover it for yourself. Tel: 01590 642979

Calshot Activities Centre

Calshot Activities Centre is the largest Outdoor Centre on the South coast. With a unique position on the Solent, it is perfectly placed for visitors to the New Forest. Activities from Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Track Cycling, Skiing and Snowboarding, can be booked as courses for all ages and abilities. Tel: 023 8089 2077

New Forest Photo Treks

Be Inspired, Learn and Have Fun! At New Forest Photo Treks, our aim is simple. We want to help people capture amazing photographs in amazing locations with professional advice and walking tours for everyone around the New Forest.

Horse Riding and Related Activties

Western Trail Riding

Enjoy the New Forest on horseback with the opportunity to try Western Trail Riding or conventional horse riding based in Burley. Tel 01425 610278

Flanders Farm Training Centre

Horse Riding lessons for all ages and abilities, private and group lessons. Flanders Farm is based in Hordle. Tel: 01590 681160

New Forest Horse Drawn Omnibus

Forest friendly transport in the village of Ringwood. Tel: 07852 208048

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre

Heavy horse farm park with horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, children's play area, tractor rides and more, something for everybody. Stay a while in the stable block and here all about the working life of the beautiful heavy horses. Dorset Heavy Horse Centre is in Verwood. Tel: 01202 824040

Ford Farm Stables Ltd

Lessons Hacking Liveries Indoor and Outdoor Arenas. Burley Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7TB. Tel: 07503507324 Mob: 07503507324

Burley-Villa Western School of Riding

Bashley Common road, New Milton, BH25 5SH. Tel: 01425 610278

Burley Manor Riding Stables

1 Ringwood Road, Burley, Ringwood, BH24 4BS.
Tel: 01425 403489.

Bagnum Riding School

Little Bagnum Farm, Bagnum, Ringwood, BH24 3BZ.

Bike Hire

Country Lanes Cycle Hire

Quality Cycle Hire from the heart of the New Forest National Park. We also offer cycling holidays, and cycle events. We are located in the railway carriage at Brockenhurst Station. Tel: 01590 622627

Forest Leisure Cycling

Forest Leisure Cycling offer Bike Hire in the village of Burley, in the New Forest National Park. Tel: 01425 403584

Cycle Experience, Brockenhurst

Bicycle Hire in Brockenhurst, close to the main line railway station is run by New Forest Cycle Experience. Ideal for a car free trip to the New Forest and with close access to over 100 miles of safe forest cycling. Tel: 01590 624808

Yellowbike Electric Bike Hire, Lyndhurst

Electric bikes are now available at Lyndhurst, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst and New Milton and can be delivered anywhere in The New Forest (min. 2 bikes) given reasonable notice.Electric Bike Hire - a new experience for you, your family and friends. It works just the same as a pedal bike, with a flick of the switch you get instant assistance to help with those hills. Tel: 01489 866652

Acres Down Bike Hire, Minstead

Acres Down Farm Cycle Hire at Minstead near Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. Tel: 023 8081 3693

Sailing & Watersports

New Forest Water Park

Watersking, wakeboarding, banana rides, kayaking, knee boarding, paddle boarding and more... Great water activities if you are seeking action thrills and adventure on your New Forest Holiday. Find us at North Gorley, Ringwood. Tel: 01425 656868

Ellingham Waterski & Wakeboard

If you looking for a FUN day out - then Ellingham Waterski & Wakeboard lake is the place to come to. We offer lesson for Waterskiing & Wakeboarding (everything from beginners to professional). We do Ringo & Banana Rides, as well as KIDS PARTIES, Team Building Events & Corporate Mornings etc. Booking are available 7 days a week. Tel: 07894 153395 (Jamie)

Calshot Activities Centre

Calshot Activities Centre is the largest Outdoor Centre on the South coast. With a unique position on the Solent, it is perfectly placed for visitors to the New Forest. Activities from Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Track Cycling, Skiing and Snowboarding, can be booked as courses for all ages and abilities. Tel: 023 8089 2077

Ocean Adventures Sailing

At Ocean Adventures, we provide sailing days and weekends on our skippered luxury yachts based in Hythe Marina, near Southampton. We offer a warm welcome to complete beginners and experienced sailors alike. Our sailing trips are designed to be hands on and are often popular with people looking to gain more experience whilst undertaking RYA courses such as Day Skipper; however, if you prefer, you can just sit back and enjoy the view. Tel: 075 9545 3930

Liquid Logistics & Earth Events Ltd

We offer Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery and Bike Hire and are based in Beaulieu. Novices are welcome as are families. We provide fully trained & experienced staff for all of our activities as well as equipment - Contact New Forest Activities Booking Centre for more details. Tel: 01590 612377

New Forest Gardens

Spinners Garden & Nursery

Spinners Gardens and rare plant nursery is a great place for gardens, enjoy exploring the garden with is filled with a variety of rare plants. Spinners Gardens is at Boldre, just outside Lymington. Tel: 01590 675488

Furzey Gardens

Beautiful Gardens to explore and a lovely lake to enjoy. Delve deeper and you will be delighted to discover some tree top houses and a thatched cottage. Furzey gardens is at Minstead, Lyndhurst, in the heart of the New Forest. Tel: 023 8081 2464

Everton Water Gardens

Everton water garden is home to frogs, Koi Carp, freshwater fish, dragon flies and cray fish. Come and discover for yourself, situated just outside Lymington. Tel: 01590 644405

Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens is home to a large beautiful garden and steam railway. There is something to see all year round. You will find Exbury, just outside Beaulieu in the New Forest. Tel: 023 8089 9422

Eating out in the New Forest

The glorious New Forest offers the full spectrum of choice when it comes to restaurants, pubs, bars and charming eateries. There is a seemingly never ending array of New Forest restaurants which are a welcome treat for walkers, riders and cyclists.



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