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Local Attractions - Abbeys & Churches

 
Christchurch Priory

Christchurch Priory Church (the Parish Church) is very much a living church. It is open every day not only for the usual daily services of Matins and Evensong, and for pilgrims, tourists and visitors for personal prayer, relaxation or just viewing.  No charge is made for entry but a donation (£3 per adult is suggested) towards the running costs and maintenance of the church is welcomed. The church and the Priory House attached to it by the Cloister Way are the centre for not only many parochial committees and activities but for exhibitions by local art societies.

   Quay Road.  Christchurch.  Dorset.  BH23 1BU                         

   Visitors :  9:30 a.m.until 5:00 p.m.  - Monday to Saturday.  Sundays : 2:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

   Admission is Free - Donation is suggested

   01202 488645 - Parish Office

   Church Web Site

There has been a church on this site since around 800 A.D.  The present building was begun in 1094 by Ranulf Flambard and has since been in continuous use as a place of prayer and pilgrimage.  Visitors never fail to be amazed to find such a beautiful church tucked away in this corner of Dorset, where it dominates the skyline of the historic town of Christchurch.

 

Local Attractions - Adventure Experiences

 
Altitude - High Ropes Adventures at Littledown Park

   The Littledown Centre. Chaseside.  Bournemouth.  BH7 7DX

   8:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m.

   Check Web Site for current charges

   01202 417600

   Centre Web Site

Also on the site - Parkland and Lake, Full Sized Swimming Pool, Waterslides, Spa Experiences, Gymnasium and Terrace Cafe and Bar.

 

Go Ape

The rides at Moors Valley have been updated and two new tree-mendous ziplines have been created and kept the best of the rest. The location for the whole family including a steam train and fab adventure trails.

   Moors Valley Country Park.  Horton Road.  Ashley Heath. BH24 2ET

 

  See Web Site for Opening Times and Dates.  Limited at present

 

   18 + - From £30.00  :  10 - 17 Years - From £20.00                

 

   Web Site and On-Line Booking                  

 

Snowtrax Outdoor Activity Centre

Not only is it the widest in the land and usable throughout the summer months because of its unique mist-lubricated surface, it also boasts one of the prettiest settings. Overlooking its own miniature lake and island, the view beyond disappears into a vista of pine trees as far as the eye can see.  Everyone is welcome at Snowtrax, from those wishing to improve their skiing skills or the outright novice looking for skiing lessons, to ordinary members of the public just wanting to soak in the scenery. Or why not try ski-bobbing or ringoing! Great fun and no experience necessary.

   Matchams Lane.  Hurn.  Christchurch.  BH23 6AW                   Map  

 

   Check Web Site for Opening and Closing Times and 2015 Admission Charges

 

   01202 499155 for Bookings and Enquiries

 

   www.snowtrax.eu

 

Local Attractions - Breweries & Vineyards

 
Marlings Vineyard

Established almost 20 years ago the vines are mature and in their prime. We took over the property in 2004 and have spent the time since renovating the vines and totally re-equipping the winery.

Our aim at Marlings is to produce small parcels of hand crafted quality English Wine having characters unique to this small corner of Hampshire. Our efforts are paying off as we have won 5 medals at UKVA national competitions since taking over the vineyard.

   Mead End Road.  Sway.  SO41 6EE                                    

   01590 681606

   Purchases by Appointment Only.  Also available in local outlets.

 

New Forest Traditional Farmhouse Cider

Drive into Burley, one of the prettiest villages in the New Forest, and look for the Cider Barrel by The Post Office. Follow the directions and you will find the home of New Forest Cider.

   Pound Lane.  Burley.  BH24 4FD

  10:00 a.m.until 6:00 p.m.

  01425 403589

  Web Site

 

Ringwood Brewery

Beer has been brewed in Ringwood for centuries ever since mediaeval man first mixed the crystal water of the River Avon with the malted barley harvested from the surrounding fertile fields of Hampshire.

   138 Christchurch Road.  Ringwood.  BH24 3AP                         Map

 

   9:30 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. - Monday to Saturday

 

   Brewing Tours - Saturday Afternoons : Pre-Booking is essential

 

   01425 470303

 

   Brewing Tours - Check Web Site for current charges.

 

   Brewery Web Site

 

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Setley Ridge is situated right in the middle of the beautiful New Forest National Park. It is a family run business that tries to balance the art of winemaking with a sense of fun. No room for stuffy pretentions here!.  We grow the grapes, make the wine and bottle all on site, but at all times we try to be sensitive to the environment in which we work and are rewarded with a rich diversity of flora and fauna for us to enjoy and appreciate.

   Lymington Road.  Brockenhurst.  SO42 7UF                             Map

 

  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. - 7 Days a Week

 

   Free admission and Wine Tastings

 

   01590 622246

 

   Vineyard Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Castles & Stately Homes

 
Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK’s newest National Park. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, and historic Beaulieu Abbey.

   Beaulieu.  Brockenhurst.  SO42 7ZN                 Map

  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m..  6:00 p.m. June until September

  Check website for current admission charges

  01590 612123

  Bieulieu Web Site

The Palace House and Gardens,  Beaulieu Abbey, The National Motor Museum, Bond at Beaulieu, Rides and Drives. Access is available for all visitors - please call 01590 614646 to pre-book a powered or manual wheelchair.

 

Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as "the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture."

   Rothesay Drive.  Highcliffe.  Dorset.  BH23 4LE                  Map

  11:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. (1st February to 23rd December)

   Check Web Site for current admission charges

   01425 278807

   Castle Web Site

The Grounds of the Castle are open free of charge to the public throughout the year. Check the Web Site for Opening Hours at different times of the year. A Car Park is available on the Site.

 

Hurst Castle

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.

Hurst Castle was the perfect location to defend the western approach to the Solent. The castle was built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses and was completed in 1544.

   Nearest Car Park is at Keyhaven - SO41 0TR                

 

   CLICK HERE for directions on how to reach Hurst Castle

 

   April - September : 10:30 a.m.until 5:30 p.m.

        October : 10:30 a.m.until 4:00 p.m.

        November to March (Weekends only) : 10:30 a.m.until 4:00 p.m.

 

   Check Web Site for current admission charges

 

  Hurst Castle Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Children's Play Centres

 
Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland Dorset's Number one Family Theme Park has over 30 rides and attractions offering extra fun for everyone and even more than ever before!!!!!! This Summer will be packed with some excellent special events including Dora The Explorer, Ben 10 Humungousaur, Postman Pat and many more. Now more than ever before is a fabulous time to visit.  !!!!!

   Hurn.  Christchurch.  Dorset.  BH23 6BA                                    Map

 

  10:00 a.m.until 6:00 p.m..  Check Web Site for Open dates

 

    Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

  01202 483444

 

  Web Site

 

Wild Thing Play Centre

Wild Thing! is our massive indoor Aztec Adventure Play Centre with a range of exciting jungle themed rides and restaurant facilities, offering guaranteed fun, whatever the weather. It's open all the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) as a separate attraction during the Winter season and as an inclusive attraction during the Summer.

   Hurn.  Christchurch.  Dorset.  BH23 6BA                         Map

 

  10:00 a.m.until 6:30 p.m..  Check Web Site for Open dates

 

   Adults - £1.00 : Under 1 Free 1 - 3 - £5.25 :  4 - 15 - £6.25

 

   01202 483444

 

   Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Environmental Centres

 

New Forest Centre

Conveniently located in Lyndhurst, the heart of the National Park, here you’ll discover everything you need to know to help you enjoy your trip to the Forest.

The Centre also includes the New Forest Museum and the New Forest Gallery.

   The Main Car Park.  Lyndhurst.  Hampshire.  SO43 7NY            Map

 

   10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. - 7 Days a Week

 

    Admission to Centre/ Gallery is Free. 

         Charges apply for the Museum (See Entry Below - Museums)

 

   023 8028 3444

 

  New Forest Centre Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Wildlife, Farms, Animals & Zoos

 
The New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife was originally a Butterfly Farm and later became the Nature Quest Wildlife Centre.

Carol and Roger Heap and their son Ed Heap, who have been working in wildlife conservation for most of their lives, took over the park 17 years ago and later re-named the centre the New Forest Wildlife Park.

   Deerleap Lane.  Longdown.  Near Ashurst.  Southampton.  S)40 4UH

   10:00 a.m.until 5:30 p.m.

   Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

   023 8029 2408

   Web Site

 

The Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre

Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre is named after Liberty, our Alaskan Bald Eagle, one of the many birds of prey that we have on display at the Centre, which is located just outside Ringwood near the natural beauty of Hampshire's New Forest National Park, and close to the splendour of Dorset's World Heritage "Jurassic" Coast.

The largest collection of Birds of Prey in the New Forest. These include eagles, owls and vultures. We also house a number of reptiles and other creepy crawlies, such as snakes, lizards and spiders in our indoor reptile centre.

   Crow Lane, Crow, Near Ringwood.  BH24 3EA

  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. Daily (March to End October)    Weekends only November to February - Check Web

  Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

  01425 476487

  Centre Web Site

 

Longdown Activity Farm

At our family run farm, there are lots of friendly farm animals and with our daily schedule of activities there is plenty of opportunity to meet them. Bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, small animal handling and duck feeding are just some of the activities on offer. There are lots of other animals to see, farmyard buildings to explore and loads of play areas to run around in. Brilliant fun!

   Longdown.  Ashurst.  Near Southampton.  SO40 7EH               

 

  Season starts 15th February 2014.  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m.

 

   Adult - £8.50 : Concession - £7.00 : Children - £7.50 : Family - £30.00

 

   023 8029 2837
 

   Farm Web Site

 

We have five indoor and outdoor play areas, so whatever the weather - there's always something to do.  We have a farm produce shop selling delicious locally produced food, gift shop and tearoom.

 

Local Attractions - Houses and Gardens

 
National Gardens Scheme - Gardens Open for Charity

 

A large number of private gardens are opened on days throughout the year as part of the National Garden Scheme. There are gardens within this scheme across the country.

 

To locate Gardens that might be open within your area, or at a specific time of the year CLICK HERE

 

   Search for Local Gardens

 

Bucklers Hard

 

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, there is a unique 18th Century Village where warships for Nelson's Navy were built.  Cottages are shown largely as they would have been in the 18th Century, there is a Museum and walks along the river.  30 minute cruises are available on the river.

 

   Buckler's Hard.  Beaulieu.  Brockenhurst.  SO42 7XB            

 

   10:00 a.m.until 4:30 p.m..  (5:00 p.m. from March onwards)

 

   Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

   River Cruise : Adults - £4.50 : Concessions - £4:00 : Children - £2.50 : Family - £11.00

 

   01509 616023

 

   Web Site

 

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquility in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn.

   Exbury Gardens. Exbury.  Southampton.  SO45 1AZ                

 

  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. (Will reopen for 2014 - Saturday 15th March)

 

   Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

   023 8089 1203

 

   023 8089 9422   (24 Hour Information Line)

 

   Exbury Web Site

 

Furzey Gardens

Set in the heart of The New Forest at Minstead in Hampshire this delightful, informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for its all year round beauty. A haven of peace and tranquility in the New Forest.

   School Lane.  Minstead.  Nr Lyndhurst.  SO43 7GL                     Map

 

  Gardens Open throughout Year until dusk : Gallery 10 - 5:00 p.m. opening Saturday 1st March

 

  Adults - £7.50 : Children - £4.00 : Family - £19.50

 

  023 8081 2464

 

  Web Site

 

New Forest Water Gardens

If you want to see what New Forest Water Gardens can offer there is no better way than to visit us and see all our products and pond and water feature layouts - together with the best advice always available. Set in a delightful 2 acres of formal grounds, this is the New Forest's largest water garden.  Ponds and Waterfalls, Koi Carp, dragon flies, ducks, chickens, goats and other wildlife.

 

Tropical Fish and Tank Sales also now open.

 

   Newlands Manor Farm.  Everton.  SO41 0JH                          

 

   April to October - 9:30 a.m.until 5:30 p.m.

 

   01590 644405

 

   Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Leisure Centres

 

New Milton Leisure Centre

 

New Milton prides itself on providing great facilities in the local area offering a varied and diverse programme of facilities and activities. With a Fitness suite offering over 55 stations, a separate free-weights Foundry, a Group Exercise Programme with over 35 classes per week, a 25 metre Swimming pool - which is home to Lymington Swim Academy, a 4 badminton court main sports hall, Junior and Adult sports courses, Children's Parties, Holiday Activities, and climate controlled studios with mirrored walls there is something for everyone here at New Milton.

 

   Gore Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6RR                                         

 

   See Web Site for Opening Times and Admission Charges

 

Lymington Leisure Centre

 

Lymington prides itself on providing great facilities in the local area offering a varied and diverse programme of facilities and activities. With a Fitness suite offering over 40 stations, a Group Exercise Programme with over 35 classes per week, a 25 metre and 12 metre Swimming pool, which is home to Lymington Swim Academy, a 4 badminton court main sports hall, Junior and Adult sports courses, Children's Parties, Holiday Activities, climate controlled studios with mirrored walls, and an outdoor all weather playing surface pitch there is something for everyone here at Lymington. 
 

   North Street.  Pennington.  Lymington.  SO41 8FZ                 

 

  See Web Site for Opening Times and Admission Charges

 

Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre - Christchurch
  • 25m Swimming pool (for public swimming sessions, clubs, lessons and parties)
  • 12½m Training Pool (for public swimming sessions, clubs, lessons and parties)
  • Two 3G Synthetic Turf Outdoor Floodlit Football Pitches 
  • Newly revamped Arena Wheel Park and BMX Track
  • Fully refurbished and air conditioned Fitness Suite with the latest Life Fitness and Cybex equipment
  • Brand new Cardio Suite
  • Four Squash Courts (book yourself, turn up on an open session or join a league)
  • Table Tennis

    Stony Lane South.  Christchurch.  BH23 1HW                        

 

    01202 477987

 

   See Web Site for Opening Times and Admission Charges

 

The Littledown Centre

   The Littledown Centre.  Chaseside.  Bournemouth.  BH7 7DX

   Call to check opening times

   0102 417600

   Centre Web Site

Full sized swimming pool ; waterslides ; kid's pool ; spa experiences ; gymnasium and classes ; Terrace Cafe and Bar.

 

Local Attractions - Mills

 

The Eling Experience

Eling Creek is, situated at the head of Southampton Water, where you can see tidal power used to mill flour on a daily basis. Just over the road from the Mill is the Totton & Eling Heritage Centre, which shows the history of the area from Bronze Age days to the present day. You can even sit in an air raid shelter and experience the sound of bombs dropping all around you.

   Eling Lane.  Totton.  SO40 9HF                         

 

  10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday + Bank Holiday Mondays 

 

   Opens for 2014 on Wednesday 8th January 2014

 

  Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

  023 80 869575

 

   Web Site

 

Bursledon Windmill

 

Visit this restored 'tower' mill and see and hear the machinery turning. Its wooden machinery, a direct copy of the original, is in full working order. Visitor facilities are provided in the 17th century barn. The granary, rescued from elsewhere in Hampshire, and the pond help create a countryside atmosphere.

   Windmill Lane.  Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8BG              

 

   Sundays - 10:00 a.m.until 4:00 p.m. and Bank Holidays.

 

   Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

  0845 603 5635

 

  Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Museums

 

Beaulieu - The National Motor Museum

Set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK’s newest National Park. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, and historic Beaulieu Abbey.

   Beaulieu.  Brockenhurst.  SO42 7ZN                            

 

  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m..  6:00 p.m. June until September

 

   Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

  01590 612123

 

  Web Site

A collection of over 250 vehicles which tell the story of motoring on the roads of Britain from the dawn or motoring to the present day.

The National Motor Museum, Bond at Beaulieu, Rides and Drives, The Palace House and Gardens and Beaulieu Abbey. Access is available for all visitors - please call 01590 614646 to pre-book a powered or manual wheelchair.

 

The Museum of Electricity

    The Old Power Station.  Bargates.  Christchurch

   01202 480467

   Monday - Thursday 12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m.. 

   Also on Fridays during School Holidays.

   Free Entry

Set in an Edwardian Power Station with unique displays of electrical items ranging from a Bournemouth Tram Car to boot warmers. The displays fit in with the school curriculum but there is novelty and nostalgia for all.

 

New Forest Museum

Situated within The New Forest Centre, The New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park.  The Impressions of the New Forest National Park film show welcomes you to the New Forest Museum and sets the scene for your visit.

The Centre also includes the Visitor Centre and the New Forest Gallery.

   The Main Car Park.  Lyndhurst.  Hampshire.  SO43 7NY            Map 

 

   10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. - 7 Days a Week

 

    Admission to Centre/ Gallery is Free. 

        Museum Adults - £4.00 : Concessions - £3.00 : Under 16 - Free        

 

   023 8028 3444

 

   Web Site

 

 

Red House Museum and Gardens

 

A charming Georgian building, built as a workhouse in 1764, now filled with a rich variety of displays and objects which reflect the social and natural history of the area, its geology and archaeology.

   Quay Road.  Christchurch.  BH23 1BU                         Map

 

   10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday - Friday) Closes 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays

        

 

   Admission is Free

 

   0845 603 5635

 

   Web Site

 

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

 

Over 300 rare and classic motorcycles on display - including a gallery for the Norton Collection.  The museum is set in an attractive courtyard which includes Tea Rooms, Craft Shop and Children's Play Area - which is also home to a number of animals. Something for all the Family.

   Bashley Cross Roads. New Milton.  BH25 5SZ  

              

  10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m..  Weekends only Dec/Jan/Feb  

 

   See Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

   01425 620777

 

   Web Site

 

 

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

 

 

The St Barbe Museum tells the story of the area between the New Forest and the Solent. The sea has always had a huge influence on life here as a source of food, wealth and pleasure. Farmers from the surrounding countryside have taken their produce to Lymington's market since medieval times.

   New Street.  Lymington.  SO41 9BH                                 Map

 

  10:00 a.m.until 4:00 p.m.  - Check Web Site for full details

 

   Check Web Site for current Admission Charges

 

  01590 676969

 

 Web Site

 

 

Priest's House - The Museum of East Dorset

The Priest's House Museum & Garden is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster.

Using collections rich in archaeology and costume, and childhood and local history material, the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Period rooms, from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, show how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. There are 10 galleries to explore. Displays include audio descriptions and children's activities. A beautiful walled garden, gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.

   23 - 27 High Street.  Wimborne Minster.  Dorset.  BH21 1HR

   15 - 22 Feb 2014.    Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm   - Other dates, please check

   £4.50   Concessions - £3.50  :  Chidlren Under 18 Free

   01202 882533

   Web Site for more information

 

Local Attractions - Piers

 

Hythe Pier (Ferry and Train)

 

Construction of the Pier began in October 1879 and it opened in 1881.  George VI, the Admiral of the Fleet and many WW11 heroes departed from this pier on D-Day in June 1944.  Board the World's oldest pier train and travel 640 metres to the Ferry for Southampton.

 

The Ferry departs daily every 1/2 hour and the 25 minute cruise provides an ideal platform to get up close to the Ocean Superliners which frequent Southampton Waters.

   Prospect Place.  Hythe.  SO45 6AU                                           

 

  6:00 a.m.until 10:00 p.m. approximately.  Refer to Timetables of Ferries

 

  Check Web Site for current Ticket Prices

 

  023 80 840722

 

  Web Site

 

Local Attractions - Railway Centres

 

Exbury Steam Railways and Gardens

Leopold de Rothschild has had a love affair with steam trains since early childhood. Having been inspired by the Exmoor Steam Railway at Bratton Fleming in Devon, Sue Sutherland Landscape Architects and Southern Planning Practice were appointed in March 1999, with a brief to design a circular route with a halt mid way to enable the very young, elderly and disabled to enjoy the gardens, whilst providing an exciting ride with appeal for all.

   Exbury Gardens. Exbury.  Southampton.  SO45 1AZ          

 

  10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m.  (Opens Saturday 15th March 2014)

 

   Check Web Site for current Charges

 

   023 8089 1203

 

   023 8089 9422   (24 Hour Information Line)

 

   Web Site

 

 

Hythe Pier Railway

Construction of the Pier began in October 1879 and it opened in 1881.  George VI, the Admiral of the Fleet and many WW11 heroes departed from this pier on D-Day in June 1944.  Board the World's oldest pier train and travel 640 metres to the Ferry for Southampton.

 

The Ferry departs daily every 1/2 hour and the 25 minute cruise provides an ideal platform to get up close to the Ocean Superliners which frequent Southampton Waters.

   Prospect Place.  Hythe.  SO45 6AU                                           

 

  6:00 a.m.until 10:00 p.m. approximately.  Refer to Timetables of Ferries

 

  Check Web Site for current Ticket Prices

 

  023 80 840722

 

  Web Site

 

 

Local Attractions - Sea Cruises

 

 

Puffin Cruises operates a wide range of cruises from its base at Lymington Town Quay. Sunset Cruises to Alum Bay and The Needles Rocks, Sunset Cruises to Yarmouth, Ferry Services to the Isle of Wight, Solent Cruises and the very popular Lunchtime Special to the Isle of Wight.

 

  Puffin Cruises Web Site

 

  07850 947618 for More Information and Reservations.

 

Local Attractions - Theme Parks

 

Paultons Family Theme Park

 

Paultons Family Theme Park in Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest, offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things to see and do includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in garden setting.

   Ower.  Near Romsey.  SO51 6AL                                    Map

 

  Check Web Site for Opening Times and Admission Charges

 

  Web Site

 

 

Local Attractions - The Arts

 

The New Forest Gallery

Situated within The New Forest Centre, The New Forest Gallery has an all year round exhibition programme.  It is also a lecture theatre and plays host to our ever popular Spring and Autumn Lecture Series as well as occasional workshops and demonstrations

The Centre also includes the Visitor Centre and the New Forest Museum.

   The Main Car Park.  Lyndhurst.  Hampshire.  SO43 7NY            Map

 

   10:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m. - 7 Days a Week

 

    Admission to Centre/ Gallery is Free. 

        

   023 8028 3444

 

   Web Site

 

 

 

Local Attractions - Walking in and around The New Forest

 

Lymington Town Tours

 

Lymington Town Tours have seven different walks around Lymington, and one around Milford-on-Sea too. Each walk lasts about 90 minutes, and is conducted at a leisurely pace over relatively short distances. There is no need to Book - just turn up.

 

Walks run from May through to October

 

   There are no formal charges made.

        A donation to Expenses is welcomed.

   Tours Web Site

 

Web Sites with Information on Walks and Cycle Rides

   Organising an Event in The New Forest (20 People +)

   Walking in Hampshire - Hampshire County Council Site

Whether you follow our long-distance routes, our shorter walks or explore on your own, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

   New Forest Walking Suggestions - New Forest National Park ideas

There are potentially countless New Forest walks for you to enjoy throughout the New Forest National Park, simply because there are very few restrictions on walking in the area.

    Cycling in the New Forest - Forestry Commission

The New Forest offers a number of way-marked trails and over 100 miles of cycle tracks which are suitable for those using wheelchairs or buggies. For more information click here.

   Walk The New Forest - New Forest On-Line

The real magic of the New Forest can only truly be experienced on foot. From ancient woodlands to rugged moorland, the Forest offers a diversity of flora and fauna which is a joy to explore.

  The New Forest Walks - New Forest Explorers' Guide

Walking in the New Forest offers freedom and wide open spaces, for within the New Forest National Park can be found an impressive 235 kilometres (146 miles) of public footpaths; 57 kilometres (35 miles) of public bridleways; and 26,600 hectares (266 square kilometres or 103 square miles) of Crown land with open public access.

   Walking in The New Forest - New Forest District Council

There are a number of walks to take in the New Forest.  Many of the routes are clearly marked and there are many places of interest to visit along the way!

   Walking Britain - The New Forest

There are 193,00 acres of Forest with about 143 miles of gravel track for walking and cycling. Cars are not permitted on these tracks but there are plenty of free car parks throughout the area.

   New Forest Walker - A Personal Guide with Photos

A photo journal of my walks in the glorious New Forest and, when I get to them, other parts of our beautiful country.

 

LOCAL WALKS

   Beware the Golf Balls - Barton-on-Sea circular walk

This short circular walk from Barton-on-Sea follows a scenic cliff top path towards Milford on Sea. It then turns inland and follows a well marked footpath through the golf course, across a busy road and through a field to a quiet road. It returns to the car park along a quite road, through woodland and across open land.

   Circular Walks around Barton Common,  New Milton - Hampshire CC

   Circular Walking Guide from Lymington Station - South West Trains

   Guided Walks in Christchurch

Christchurch has an extensive range of guided walks and tours for you to enjoy and learn all about Christchurch's fascinating history.

   Healthy Walks in Christchurch

There are nine self-led in and around the Christchurch area. The walks are ideal for those who would like to become more active or perhaps lack the knowledge about where to walk locally.

   Highcliffe Loop Walk

See the sights and businesses of Highcliffe.

   Keyhaven and Surroundings - Walks for Softies

Keyhaven is on the Solent Way a 70 mile footpath across the south of Hampshire via marshes, heaths, ancient woodlands, riverside villages and the historic waterfronts of maritime towns like Southampton and Portsmouth.

   Lepe Country Park - Walks for Softies

Lepe Country Park is on the edge of the New Forest and overlooks the Solent and the Isle of Wight. With over a mile of beach, tree fringed cliffs, and wild flower meadows, Lepe is a great day out, whether you want to relax and take in the view or do something a bit more energetic.

   Milford on Sea to Christchurch

This was a very pleasant linear walk along the coast from Milford on Sea, following routes along the clifftops or along the beach.

 

Dog Walking in The New Forest

   Guide for Dog walking in The New Forest - The Verderers

 

The rules and regulations about walking dogs in the New Forest.

 

   New Forest Dog Owners Group

NFDOG is the ONLY group that speaks up for Forest dog walkers.  NFDOG successfully negotiated a code of conduct (see below) enshrining our traditional freedoms that were threatened. NFDOG has an email register that gives members exclusive access to hundreds of fellow dog owners who will look out for lost dogs.