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The New Forest

Hurst Lighthouse

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We have the good fortune to be located at the very edge of the spectacular New Forest National Park, which gained National Park status in 2005.

This 566 square kilometres of land was established as the royal hunting ground of William the Conqueror, who claimed the land for himself back in 1079. Less than half of The New Forest is made up of woodland with the rest being home to farmlands, heathland, coastal marshes, mudflats and lawns. This varied habitat allows for a wonderful variety of wildlife and birdlife.

One of the most delightful New Forest experiences is enjoying the sight of free roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys, pigs, and deer. These animals are owned by ‘Commoners’ or local livestock owners. Commoners Rights allow them to turn out their livestock to roam free and feed across the forest. You may see ponies with odd markings and cut tails, a system of identifying the ponies to an owner. Please be sure not to approach or feed the animals. They may seem friendly, but they are wild and will bite or kick!

Some famous burial sites are located in the New Forest, such as that of the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Florence Nightingale and Alice in Wonderland heroine, Alice Hargreaves. You can also visit the Rufus Stone, marking the site of the oak tree were King Rufus was struck by an arrow in 1100. If witches are your thing, then check out the history, quaint shops and tea rooms in the beautiful village of Burley.

To learn more about our stunning home, go to the New Forest National Park website, or head to the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst.

While you are here, be sure to check out our Wildlife Park and the Reptile Centre.

There is so much to see and enjoy in the New Forest so make sure you get out there, whether by foot, bike, car or on horseback, so you don’t miss out on the amazing landscapes we have to offer. We have 235 kilometres of public footpaths across the New Forest, and you can find local routes on the New Forest walking app or grab a map from your local tourist information centre.

New Forest National Park


Category: The New Forest, Things to do & Places to visit

Deer Sanctuary

Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Dr, Lyndhurst SO43 7GQ
Tel: 0300 067 4601
Email: enquiries.southern@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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Category: Museum, The New Forest, Things to do & Places to visit

New Forest Centre

Main Car Park, Lyndhurst SO43 7NY
Tel: 023 8028 3444
Email: office@newforestcentre.org.uk
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Category: The New Forest

New Forest Reptile Center

A35 (Bournemouth Road), Lyndhurst, SO43 7GR
Tel: 03000674601
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Category: Bus, The New Forest, Travel

New Forest Tour

New Forest Tour HQ, morebus, Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole BH15 2PR
Tel: 01202 338420
Email: customer.services@gosouthcoast.co.uk
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Category: The New Forest

Wildlife Park

Deerleap Lane, Southampton SO40 4UH
Tel: 023 8029 2408
Email: info@newforestwildlifepark.co.uk
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