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.