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.

Check out our blog...

Top things to do this July in the New Forest

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Whether you are planning on heading to the New Forest with family, on a couple’s break or for a solo adventure, there’s plenty happening this July to keep you entertained. From tip top festivals and shows to leisurely beach days, now’s a great time to start putting together your itinerary. Here’s…

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Top things to do with toddlers in the New Forest

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Whether it’s suggestions for summer days or ideas for what to do with your toddler in the rain, we’ve put together some of our top things to do with toddlers in the New Forest. With some big-name attractions through to activities to help burn off any excess energy your toddler may have, take a look…

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Guest blog: Jaunt-ebikes hire and experiences

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Discover the joy of exploring the New Forest e-bike style; an exhilarating adventure, for everyone Are you eager to explore the great outdoors on two wheels but don’t fancy getting hot and sweaty or dealing with a sore bottom from a ‘butter knife’ seat? If so, you’re not alone! Say hello to our June…

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Top places to swim in the New Forest

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There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day than with a refreshing dip. Fortunately, the magical New Forest offers over 40 miles of serene shoreline and beaches, as well as several hotels boasting sparkling outdoor pools. Here’s our guide to finding the perfect swimming spot for you!

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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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