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The New Forest Centre

"Brilliant....something for all ages"

The New Forest Centre is an essential part of your visit to the Forest. Set in the heart of the National Park in Lyndhurst, you'll find a fascinating Museum, Visitor Information Centre, Gift Shop, Library, Exhibition Gallery and friendly staff to answer all your questions about the New Forest and how to best enjoy it.

The Museum is packed full of information and fun activities. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Beaulieu Road Pony Sales and step back in time into our traditional Cob Cottage.
Don't miss our new Family Fun Tree in the heart of the Museum. You can learn how to detect animals in our Poo Corner game, listen to the sounds of wild and commoner owned animals, marvel at gigantic creepy crawlies and indulge in some good old fashioned bark rubbing. You can even share your thoughts with us on what the Forest means to you by adding to our paper leaf mulch!
If you've only got a few minutes to spend, then pop into the Gallery where there's an ever changing programme of exhibitions related to the Forest. There is also a variety of events and activities throughout the year.
Upstairs in our unique reference library, we have the largest collection of printed material on the Forest on public access. Whether you're a student, researcher or family historian you'll be sure to find something here to fascinate you.

Open 7 days a week - 25 March to 30 October - 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30)

Open 7 days a week - 31 October to 24 March 2017 –10am-4pm (last entry 3.30)

Admission to the New Forest Centre is free (although donations are welcome)

Please note that the Gift Shop, Museum and Library close only for stocktake (30 January from noon and all day 31 January) and for the Christmas holiday period (24 December from 2pm, 25 December and 26 December)

The New Forest Centre is the perfect way to start and finish your visit to the New Forest National Park. Don't forget to go the Visitor Information Centre after your visit to the museum to get more information on the New Forest.