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New Forest Towns & Villages

Visitors to The New Forest have the choice of pretty villages in the heart of the forest or bustling seaside towns.

Lyndhurst became the natural 'capital' of the New Forest when William the Conqueror established his hunting grounds here. Now there's much to keep you busy, from the museum in the New Forest Visitor Centre to shops, pubs and cafes. Don't miss the grave of the original Alice in Wonderland (Alice Liddell, later Hargreaves) in the churchyard.

Brockenhurst has the main bus/train interchange for the New Forest. The village has a pretty green often full of grazing ponies and cattle. Many walks and cycle trails start in Brockenhurst, which is set in some of the loveliest scenery in the district.

Legends concerning dragons, witches and smuggling are abound in the traditional village of Burley whilst Lymington's high street leads to the busy quay and marina where fishing boats and yachtsmen mingle.

Slow down for donkeys and ponies strolling around the narrow streets of Beaulieu, best known for the National Motor Museum home to the Montagu family. Or enjoy wonderful views of the Needles and Christchurch Bay from the seaside village of Milford on Sea.

Find out more about the vibrant towns and villages the New Forest has below.

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Barton on Sea

There's a good safe beach in this seaside village, which has outstanding views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

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Beaulieu

Watch wildlife stroll around the narrow streets of this ancient village, best known for the National Motor Museum and Palace House.

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Brockenhurst

Brockenhurst has the main bus/train interchange for the New Forest and many walk/cycle trails start in Brockenhurst.

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Burley

Legends concerning dragons, witches and smuggling abound in this traditional village. Today you can go riding on horseback, in a horse-drawn wagon or on cycles.

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Exbury & Lepe

A small village on the bank's of the Beaulieu River. This is where you'll find the world famous woodland Exbury Gardens with it's steam railway.

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Fordingbridge

Known as the northern gateway; it has a medieval stone bridge with its seven fine arches providing a crossing point in this small ancient town on the banks of the Avon.

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Hythe

View the great ocean liners coming up Southampton Water and you can enjoy a walk around the old part of Hythe - full of attractive Victorian and Georgian buildings.

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Lymington

Full of lively shops, Lymington's high street leads to the busy quay and marina where fishing boats and yachtsmen mingle and people come to enjoy the atmosphere.

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Lyndhurst

The 'capital' of the New Forest when William the Conqueror established his hunting grounds. Now there's much to keep you busy, from the New Forest Centre to pubs & cafes.

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Milford on Sea

There are wonderful views of the Needles and Christchurch Bay from this seaside village with its shingle beach. There are lots of shops, cafes and pubs in the village which has a traditional green.

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New Milton

Situated between the forest and the sea at Barton, is the bustling town of New Milton, one of the larger towns with a range of interesting shops visitors will not be disappointed.

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Ringwood

For centuries the forest's main market town, with a charter dating back to 1226, Ringwood stands on the western edge of The New Forest at a crossing point of the River Avon.                                                             

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Sway

People visit Sway to see its extraordinary tower. The Children of The New Forest, by Captain Marryat was set in and around Sway.

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New Forest Coastline

Salt marshes, sand, seabirds and spies. It’s not what people normally associate with the New Forest because… it’s a forest. Isn’t it?

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Brand New Forest Offer Card

Enjoy the New Forest for less with a Brand New Forest Card. With offers and discounts in shops, restaurants, visitor attractions.

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