New Forest National Park

Visit the New Forest

Visit the New Forest to amble through woodland and cosy up in village pubs.

Located in an area of Southern England, the New Forest is a National Park with approximately 150 square miles of unspoilt, natural beauty. As well as forest, it is also made up of heathland, and is notable for its wildlife: horses, ponies, cows and donkeys that you can actually get close to. If you are lucky, you might see deer as well.
There are few places in England where the ancient landscape has remained unchanged since medieval times. In 1079 William the Conqueror named the area his “new hunting forest” and few could imagine that nearly 1000 years later, little has changed.
The New Forest is a lively, working landscape with many secrets to discover. The only way to reveal The New Forest’s hidden gems and truly appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the forest is to get out there and explore.
It’s the perfect destination for those who like to get active, be it walking, cycling, or even something more adventurous like Kayaking.

Where is New Forest, England?

Towns & Villages


No one who lives in The New Forest village of Brockenhurst is surprised that it’s been officially declared ‘Britain’s Most Beautiful Place to Live’ by Leaders Estate Agent.
20 mins by train
Check train times – Southampton to Brockenhurst


The historic town of Lymington offers plenty for the visitor to the New Forest. This colourful coastal town is an ancient seaport with a rich maritime history.
35 mins by train (change at Brockenhurst)
Check train times – Southampton to Lymington


Visitors can expect a right royal welcome to the delightful New Forest village of Lyndhurst.
40 mins by bus
Check bus times – Southampton to Lyndhurst

Watch the videos

Your introduction to the New Forest National Park

Useful links

New Forest National Park Authority

Cyclexperience – Cycle Hire in Brockenhurst

Country Lanes – Cycle Hire in Brockenhurst

A Walk around Brockenhurst Village (PDF)

Lymington Market

New Forest Tour Bus

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Exbury Gardens

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