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.

Summer

Long, lazy days. Warm nights. Bright mornings and endless evenings, what’s not to…

Check out our blog...

Top beach days in the New Forest

  • 4 minute read

The magical New Forest is famous for its roaming ponies, wonderful wildlife and glorious acres of woodland and heaths. But did you know that we also have more than 40 miles of peaceful, uncrowded, ‘secret’ coastline, offering some of the UK’s top beach day experiences? From shoreside fish and chip…

Read More

Top things to do with the kids in the New Forest

  • 4 minute read

Stuck for ideas on what to do with the kids over the summer holidays and beyond? The New Forest offers some amazing opportunities to get active, enjoy the outside amongst beautiful surroundings and to create lots of fantastic memories together. Let’s take a look at some of the activities and…

Read More

The Great Outdoors

  • 4 minute read

The sun is out, the sky is blue and the days are gloriously long. Yes, British Summer Time is officially here, so let us introduce you to our Great Outdoors – where the New Forest’s magic really happens! The New Forest has more than 140,000 acres of woodland and heath, as well as rivers, beaches and…

Read More

Guest blog: PEDALL Inclusive Cycling

  • 3 minute read

Supporting access for all into the beautiful New Forest using our large fleet of specialist cycles! At PEDALL we are passionate about two things. 1. Providing access to the New Forest for all, no matter what barrier people may face. 2. Improving health, happiness, and well-being through our…

Read More

Things to do highlights

What's on highlights

Ellingham Show Aug 10

Ellingham Show

Put a date in your diary for Saturday 10th August 2024 and join us for a fantastic day out in…

Follow Visit the New Forest on Instagram