Things To Do

The New Forest National Park and the surrounding area offer countless different things to do, ranging from beautiful walks or bicycle rides through forests and moorland; a visit to a stately home or a zoo; kayaking or wakeboarding, to a visit to Beaulieu National Motor Museum – just for starters! Take a look at the New Forest Official Visitor Website for a full listing of activities and attractions.

Lyndhurst has a wonderful range of pubs, cafés and restaurants, including Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, American/Mexican and of course, good British food too! There are also many really good pubs and restaurants within the wider area, some of which you will suddenly happen upon down a narrow lane or track, when you least expect it!

Many of the large local hotels have spa facilities that can be booked in advance e.g. Limewood, Rhinefield House, Carey’s Manor and Balmer Lawn Hotel.
We have 3 churches in Lyndhurst – Anglican, Baptist and Roman Catholic. There are also large, non-denominational churches in Southampton such as Above Bar, City Life and Calvary Chapel.

Indoor Activities

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Beaulieu National Motor Museum

A great day out with the Motor Museum, interesting exhibitions, the Palace House and Gardens, the Abbey and the Mono-rail. Book your tickets here online 24 hours in advance to make substantial savings.

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Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum

Step back in time to the 18th century village where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built. Take a river cruise from here or stroll along the river to Beaulieu. Visit us here.

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Eling Tide Mill

Visit one of the only Tide Mills in the world producing flour daily in a 900 year old tradition! Situated on the edge of Southampton Water beside the beautiful, renowned New Forest. Visit us here.

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Sammy Miller Motor Bike Museum

Located near New Milton, there is also craft shops, alpacas and a tearoom! Check-out a great little fabric and wool shop! Visit us here.

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St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Fantastic museum of Lymington and the New Forest coast, together with ever-changing art exhibitions. Go on a Saturday and explore Lymington Market too! Visit us here.

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Kingston Lacy Estate

Located in Wimbourne, a stately home within a largely unspoilt 17th century village, providing a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self-sufficient. Visit us here.

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Southampton

Treat yourselves to an evening out at the Mayflower Theatre, with a wide range of very high quality performances – musicals, opera, ballet, comedy etc – many from the West End of London. Visit the Sea City Museum, explore the old city walls or visit the Tudor House and Garden.

West Quay Shopping Centre is easily accessible by car, or get the ferry across from Hythe – you may pass a cruise liner or two on the way! You could take to the water for longer and go on a steamship cruise on the SS Shieldhall.

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Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular. Visit us here.

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Breamore House and Countryside Museum

Located near Fordingbridge, Breamore House and Countryside Museum is a stately home within a largely unspoilt 17th century village, providing a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self-sufficient. Visit us here.

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Portsmouth

The Historic Dockyard with HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose Museum, The Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays Designer Shopping Outlet Visit us here.

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Winchester

Explore this historic city with a guided tour and enjoy a visit to the cathedral and to the Science Centre and Planetarium. Great shops and riverside walks too! Visit us here.

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Salisbury

Another historic city with stunning stained glass windows in the medieval cathedral, where the Magna Carta was sealed 800 years ago. Take a riverside walk to the Old Town Mill, if the weather’s nice. Visit us here.

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Dorchester

Visit 5 great attractions for the price of two – Dinosaur Museum, Tutankhamun Exhibition, Teddy bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Mummies Exhibition. Visit us here.

Outdoor Pursuits

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Exbury Gardens

Located near Beaulieu, 200 acres of wonderful gardens to explore, either on foot, by steam train or by an electric buggy. Especially spectacular in the Spring with Camelias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Visit us here.

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Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens are located in Minstead and are also a centre for the Minstead Training Project for people with Learning Disabilities. A super garden with wooden look-out towers, a wisteria archway, reconstruction of their Chelsea Flower Show gold award-winning garden and to top it off, a lovely terrace cafe with scrumptious homemade cakes. Especially pretty in the Spring. Visit us here.

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New Forest Wildlife Park

Located in Ashurst, near Southanmpton, come along and get up close to wallabies, deer, wolves, owls and bison. Don’t miss the otter feeding time – but take ear plugs! Visit us here.

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Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoo situated at Owslebury near Winchester, in the English county of Hampshire. Marwell Zoo is run and owned by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 235 different species, come and see animals from all around the world. Visit us here.

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Monkey World

Located near Wool, Dorset, Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. This is a super place with rescue stories about the wide variety of ape inhabitants. Visit us here.

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Paultons Park

Located in Romsey, Hampshire we are a family theme park with Peppa Pig World and new for 2015, Critter Creek! Visit us here.

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Moors Valley Country Park

Located near Ringwood, we’re a vast park with lakes and forest to walk or cycle round (bike hire available). There is a miniature steam train, Go Ape and a great children’s play area. Visit us here.

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New Forest Activity Centre

Located in Beaulieu, they offer kayaking, canoe tours, archery, ‘Battlefield Live’, bike hire and ‘Ropes and Bush Craft’. For more information, visit us here.

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New Forest Water Park

Set in 50 acres of beautiful New Forest countryside and lakes, there’s something for everyone at the New Forest Water Park – whether you’re on holiday or just fancy a great day out try your hand at wakeboarding, paddleboarding, kneeboarding or kayaking. Visit us here.

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Falconry

Located in Hampshire, come and try Falconry with Amews Falconry, Lantra Awards accredited centre for falconry training. Visit us here.

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Go Sky Dive

Located near Salisbury, if you are feeling brave, come along and take the most exiting jump of your life! Visit us here.

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New Forest Tour Bus

With four circular routes to choose from and you can hop on and off and change routes as much as you like. They only run from around the end of June to mid- September, so it’s worth checking the dates before relying on it! Visit us here.

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New Forest Minibus Tour

A great tour by a former Chief Forester who will tell you all about the wildlife, the ponies and the history and traditions of the wonderful New Forest. Visit us here.

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Horse Riding & Wagon Rides

Located in Burley, come and explore the New Forest at a gentler pace, either with a wagon ride at Burley or an escorted hack from one of the local riding stables. Visit us here.

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Isle of Wight

Take a day trip from Lymington to Yarmouth (Wight Ferries) or Southampton to Cowes (Red Funnel Ferries). You can take your car across or go as a foot passenger. The bus service on the Island is excellent, so you can get around very easily without a car. Visit us here.

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Walking

We have a range of maps and suggested walks that you can borrow and there are many others available at The Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst. Visit us here.

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Cycling

There are many numbered cycle tracks and minor roads through the New Forest, taking you through some of the best scenery with opportunities to see plenty of wildlife. We can provide secure storage for 3 to 4 bikes, which needs to be booked in advance. For cycle hire companies click here.

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Golf

The New Forest Golf Club entrance is 200 metres from Whitemoor House B&B! They will give you a 25% discount if you are staying with us. It’s a unique course, set in the heart of the New Forest, with ponies and cows roaming around! Visit us here.