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, Surf and Turf 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go New Forest Blogs
2020 Walking and Cycling Holidays – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/12/2020-walking-and-cycling-holidays-b152
Top 10 Family Walks in the New Forest – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/08/top-10-family-walks-in-the-new-forest-b135
Top 10 Pub Walks in the New Forest – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/01/top-10-pub-walks-in-the-new-forest-b103
Our Top 10 New Forest Family Cycle Routes – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/07/our-top-10-new-forest-family-cycle-routes-b133
New Forest Cycling – where two wheels are better than four – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2018/05/new-forest-cycling-where-two-wheels-are-better-than-four-b78
Top 10 Events in the summer in the New Forest – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/05/top-10-events-for-summer-in-the-new-forest-b125
Top 10 Places for a Picnic in the New Forest – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/08/top-10-places-for-a-picnic-in-the-new-forest-b137
Summer Wildlife in the New Forest – https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2019/06/summer-wildlife-in-the-new-forest-b128