The New Forest
A picturesque National Park that is one of England's last surviving great wildernesses, The New Forest National Park comprises vast open meadows and woodlands that are an important habitat for numerous deer, ponies and bird life. In and around the park, you can find a wide choice of stylish hotels and guesthouses, all of which offer easy access to Southampton, Portsmouth and the national motorway network.
Hampshire's Great Breathing Space
The New Forest is still by far the largest forest in southern England, yet practically adjacent to the bustling medieval ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, which form one of the most populous urban areas in Britain. Today, it has numerous well-marked walking and cycling routes, and ample open space for picnicking during the warmer months.
The New Forest Museum
Learn about the history of this unique landscape by visiting the New Forest Museum in Lyndhurst, which has an interesting geological and embroidery collection. Lyndhurst itself is also noted for its large number of independent boutiques and historic pubs, and is often referred to as the 'Capital of the New Forest'. It's an ideal base for exploring the national park, and has a great deal of accommodation catering for different budgets, from the affordable and well-presented Forest Gate Lodge to enchanting The Crown Manor House Hotel.
Well-Appointed Rooms in All New Forest Hotels
Wherever you stay in the New Forest, you'll enjoy pleasantly decorated rooms that will normally have WiFi access and may also be equipped with coffee makers and en-suite bathrooms.
Noted for its New Forest Show
Each year, the park celebrates the New Forest Show, a major agricultural event that typically takes place in late July and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors. From live entertainment to livestock competitions and arts and crafts, it's a fantastic summer day out for people of all ages. Even if the weather is less than ideal, there's still plenty to see and do in the New Forest, from a visit to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, to the St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington or the Liberty's Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre in Ringwood.