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The best things to do in Lyndhurst, New Forest

Things To Do

One thing’s for sure – on a visit to the New Forest you’ll never be able to claim to being bored!

From cycle trails to church windows, reptiles to Peppa Pig (!), there really is something for everyone. Of course, one of the very best things to do in Lyndhurst is stay at one of the New Forest Collection’s fabulous hotels in and around the village – choose from Forest Lodge Hotel or Bartley Lodge Hotel, and you’ll not only have a feast of attractions and activities on your doorstep, but a warm welcome, cosy beds and fabulous food and drink to recharge your batteries after another busy day exploring the area.

Here are our top ten suggestions for things to do around Lyndhurst:

Blue Sky over flower fields

New Forest National Park

You can’t very well stay in Lyndhurst and not visit the New Forest itself; whether it’s for walks (there are over 40 to choose from), cycling, or one of the many indoor and outdoor activities, choice is not a problem. Explore thousands of acres of woodland and open forest and you are literally walking in the footsteps of royalty – much of the New Forest has changed little since William the Conqueror first came hunting here in 1079.

Wildlife lovers will be in their element; over 2,000 of the famous New Forest ponies roam wild, and there are deer and donkeys to spot too – as well as countless species of bird.


New Forest Reptile Centre

If you’ve not spotted enough wildlife on one of the many trails, head here. Every species of native reptile and amphibian can be found here in special pods, as well as the unique opportunity to view the local goshawks using special cameras.

In the school holidays, drop in for Wild Wednesdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm for bird quizzes, trails and activities.


St Michael & All Angels Church

There are countless churches in the New Forest, but this one is rather special – hence why it’s one of our recommended things to do in Lyndhurst.

Head for this mid 19th century gothic parish church at the top of the High Street, and you’ll be rewarded with not only the beautiful pre-Raphaelite windows designed by William Morris, but also a stunning Lord Frederick Leighton fresco, said to be modelled on local people. Head to the church’s graveyard, and you’ll find the resting place of Alice Pleasance Liddell, otherwise known as the little girl who was the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

New Forest open top tour bus

New Forest Tour

Take an open-top safari with fantastic views of the New Forest National Park – its stunning scenery, wildlife and villages. Tours run every day, and there’s a choice of three routes which take in the north west, south east and coast – each with its own audio commentary. What’s more, the hop-on, hop-off tickets mean you can do that, so if somewhere takes your fancy or you even fancy swapping routes, you can jump off and rejoin the journey at your own pace.

New Forest Heritage centre

New Forest Heritage Centre

This independent museum at the heart of Lyndhurst tells the fascinating history of the New Forest – from the 11th century when kings first visited, through to WWII when it played a key role in D-Day.

Learn about ancient laws which are still in place today; view the panels of the stunning New Forest Embroidery – and you can even take a look through Alice’s Looking Glass – the very mirror which belonged to Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Beaulieu Motor Museum

National Motor Museum Beaulieu

Paradise for petrolheads, the museum is home to a stunning collection of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia. The collection of vehicles includes former F1 cars such as a McLaren Mercedes, early vehicle creations such as the 1898 Benz Velo, former commercial vehicle and land speed record vehicles including the 1000hp Sunbeam. The museum is packed with motoring history – the perfect way to lose yourself for the day.

deer in the New Forest

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

One of the best places to see the local deer – from the purpose-built platform overlooking the large meadow.
Between April and September, the animals are fed daily – usually between 12.30pm and 2.30pm – so look out for the herds of hungry fallow deer. There’s also a large picnic area, free parking, toilets and a great grassy area perfect for a game of football or rounders.

Paultons Park log flume

Paultons Park

Home to over 70 rides, roller coasters, themed worlds and, of course, the famous Peppa Pig World. The hugely popular Peppa Pig World has nine fun rides to enjoy including Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club and George’s Dinosaur Adventure. The themes worlds also include the new Tornado Springs, Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek and Little Africa. There is something that the whole family can enjoy with rides including the Storm Chaser, Cyclonator, The Cobra, Cat-O-Pillar Coaster, Log Flume, Pirate Ship, Go Karts and much more. As well as rides and roller coasters, Paultons Park also has a range of attractions such as Water Kingdom and a host of playgrounds.


Longdown Activity Farm

Lots to do down on the farm – from tractor rides to feeding the kid goats, calves and ducks; you can also meet small and friendly farm animals in the Animal Encounter Experience.
The menagerie includes cows, ponies, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks, and much more.

bridge over pond

Furzey Gardens

Ten peaceful acres, Furzey Gardens dates back to 1922, but the thatched cottage they surround is much older, from the 1500s. There’s something to see all year round thanks to clever planting – as well as the award-winning garden for people with learning difficulties, 40 fairy doors for children to explore – and a tearoom full of indulgent delights. You can also explore the cottage itself.

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