Explore the New Forest - Your independent Guide to the National Park

Places to Visit in the New Forest National Park

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.

Please browse the list below, then follow the links for more details. Highlights External Web Site or link.

New Forest Attractions, Cycle Hire, Activities & Experiences, Gardens, Eating out, More Attractions, Further Afield

Actitivies & Experiences

Archery Combat Tag – an exciting team based combat game. Full power Archery bows with specifically designed ‘tagging’ arrows, allows us to shoot safely at each other! Essentially..Archery Paintball!! Take cover behind trees and be the first team to eliminate the opposition. Virtually painless, unlike paintball – Archery Combat is a safe, fun, and intense archery experience – the most fun you’re ever likely ever have with a bow and arrow! Ages 10+.
Tel: 07752 30 20 10
As a leading outdoor learning venue, the UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre at Avon Tyrrell is a fantastic venue for everyone. discover our Go Adventure Days, Family Events, Activity courses, Bike hire and more... Tel:01425 672347 or visit us online: Avon Tyrrell
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.

Insight Activities are a small specialist provider, not a large multi activity centre. If you want excellent instruction using top quality weapons in a rustic woodland, then please book with us, you will be fully engaged for the whole session time. Our woodland archery ranges are equipped with a full range of professional archery bows, rifle crossbows and custom throwing axes. Tel: 07752 30 20 10

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
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)
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 
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 Water Park
Watersking, wakeboarding, 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


Libertys Owl, Raptor and 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
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
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
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
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
Hurst Castle
Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII it was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England, commanding the entrance to the Solent. and is one of the largest coastal forts in the world. Access to the castle is via ferry from Keyhaven or a 1.5 mile walk along Hurst Spit. Tel: 01590 642500

Bike 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

Acres Down Bike Hire,

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

New Forest Gardens

Spinners Garden and 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
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
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

Eating out in the New Forest

Acres Down Farm, Minstead
Discover true New Forest character at Acres Down Tea Room in Minstead. This tea room is on a Commoners property, with direst access to beautiful forest walks. A New Forest Secret with delicious homemade cake waiting for you to discover.Tel: 02380 813693

More Family Attractions in the New Forest

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
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
A sample walk from a great book to help you enjoy the New Forest... discover Langley Wood.
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.
New Forest Horse Drawn Omnibus
Forest friendly transport in the village of Ringwood Tel: 07852 208048
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
New Forest Activities Canoeing, Kayaking and 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
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
Dry Slope, Snowbobbing, Ringos and an outdoor activity park for children. Snowtrax is in Christchurch Tel: 01202 499155
Burley Deer Park Safari
Tractor and trailer rides to see Red Deer in the village of Burley Tel: 07801 345264
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
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
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
Broadlands Historic House and Estate, home of Lord Mountbatten came be found at Romsey Tel: 01794 505010
Puffin Cruises
Ferry and Cruises from Lymington Quay, to the Isle of wight, along Lymington River and out to the Needles. Tel: 07850 947618
Rockburne Roman Villa
Visit the remains of the largest Roman Villa in the area. Rockburne Roman Villa is at Fordingbridge. Tel: 01725 518541
St Barbe Museum and 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
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 and 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
Fordingbridge Museum
Displays include the old town, exhibition shops and the Smugglers Inn. Free admission!Based in Fordingbridge. Tel 01425 655222
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
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
Eling Tide Mill
A 900 year old mill and heritage centre at Totton, with freshly ground flour for sale. Tel: 023 8086 9575
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!
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
Local Art Gallery, based in the village of Sway with a varies program of events and activities for all the family. Tel: 01590 682260
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
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. Watch out for the new ferries arriving in 2008! Tel: 0870 582 7744
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
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. Tell 07775912649 or email info@sunrisebushcraft for full details
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 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
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