Welcome to the New Forest

The official tourism website for the New Forest

Wild horses won’t be able to drag you away from the New Forest once you’ve experienced its peace and fallen in love with the forest’s idyllic glades, ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff top walks.

Escape to a world a million miles from your everyday life where ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer roam free...  and all just 90 minutes by train from London.

The New Forest has been a top destination for breaks and getaways here in the UK throughout the ages, with so much to see and do, and places to stay, it’s the perfect place to visit and create unforgettable memories!

Fall in love with the New Forest’s breathtaking wildlife and nature. Each season provides a change of scene from the wonderful bright colours of spring and summer to the kaleidoscope of warm hues in autumn and sheets of white frost in the winter. Explore our incredible National Park to discover the true beauty for yourself, don your walking boots and take a stroll through our magical woodlands and heathlands. Hire a bike and enjoy one of the many off-road cycling routes or simply relax and rejuvenate on a picnic or at one of our award-winning spas

Discover the cobbled streets of our wonderful towns & villages or take a stroll along the gorgeous coastline of the New Forest!

The New Forest is home to a wide selection of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets. From luxury and country house hotels, self-catering holiday cottages and bed & breakfasts to glamping, camping and caravan sites and holiday parks, all set against the majestic backdrop of the New Forest. As you admire the timeless scenery it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular holiday beauty spot. 

There is a wealth of things to do and places to explore in the New Forest from award-winning gardens, theme parks, farms and museums, to exciting outdoor activities and watersports. Plus, we host a huge range of events every year. 

Sample delicious food & drink, visit our country pubs and luxury restaurants or our cosy tea rooms, with their tempting menus and great culinary experiences. Taste our local produce at farm shops, farmers’ markets and food & drink events.  

If you would like to take a look at our brochures and guides before you come, read the New Forest Code, or find out where our Local Information Points are for when you are here, then take a browse through our visitor information. The New Forest also offers superb conference and wedding facilities. 

Whatever you need from a short break with the family to an all-out active holiday, the New Forest‘s enchanting surroundings provide an ideal destination. Come and discover this wonderful area for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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A guide : The New Forest by train

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Jump aboard the train to the New Forest and step into the fresh air of this charming location, full of wonderful places to explore and free roaming animals to spot. Not only is using the train a brilliant way to get to the New Forest, but it’s also handy to travel around when you’re here and hop…

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Fun things to do with teenagers in the New Forest

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It can be tricky to know what to do with teenagers at times. If you are looking for days out to remember or ways to burn off some energy, there are some fantastic attractions and activities here in the New Forest that are geared up for teenagers. Here are some of our top things to do with teenagers…

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D-Day 80th Anniversary events in the New Forest

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D-Day, which took place on 6 June 1944, was a pivotal World War II military operation that marked the beginning of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, known as Operation Overlord. The operation involved a massive amphibious assault by Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France, and it…

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Get your paws set for the ultimate doggy weekend

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Staged in the beautiful Burley Park in the New Forest on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June, Dogstival is gearing up for a totally epic weekend for dogs and dog-lovers. Crowned ‘Best Pet Day Out in the UK’ award, Dogstival leads the pack as having the most ‘have a go’ activities than any other doggy…

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Top things to do this June in the New Forest

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Flaming June is just around the corner bringing with it the longest days of the year and (hopefully) some much needed sunshine. Make the most of the daylight by taking part in some amazing New Forest experiences. Whether soaring through the treeline on a zipline at one of our outdoor activity…

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Top Summer Festivals and Events

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Get out those glad rags hanging at the back of the wardrobe, apply the sunscreen and get ready for a summer of amazing festivals and events here in the New Forest. Whether you are looking for ideas for all the family, love anything foodie or just fancy a day out with a difference, you’ll find plenty…

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Dogstival Jun 01


Does your pooch deserve some love this summer? Dogstival returns to Burley Park in the heart of the…

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