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New Forest Centre

Type:Museum

High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

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About

The New Forest Centre is an essential part of your visit to the Forest. Set in the heart of the National Park in Lyndhurst, you'll find a fascinating Museum, Gift Shop, Reference Library, Exhibition Gallery and friendly staff to answer all your questions about the New Forest and how to best enjoy it.

The Museum is packed full of information and fun activities. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Beaulieu Road Pony Sales and step back in time into our traditional Cob Cottage. Don't miss our new Family Fun Tree in the heart of the Museum. You can learn how to detect animals in our Poo Corner game, listen to the sounds of wild and commoner owned animals, marvel at gigantic creepy crawlies and indulge in some good old fashioned bark rubbing. You can even share your thoughts with us on what the Forest means to you by adding to our paper leaf mulch!

Upstairs in our unique reference library, we have the largest collection of printed material on the Forest on public access. Whether you're a student, researcher or family historian you'll be sure to find something here to fascinate you.

If you've only got a few minutes to spend, then pop into The New Forest Gallery where there's an ever changing programme of exhibitions related to the Forest. You'll also find our annual programme of events and activities on the website.

Once you've seen the Museum and visited our well stocked shop and Tip, Leaf & Bean Cafe, you won't be able to wait to get out into the Forest and when you've experienced it for yourself you'll want to know more about it. The New Forest Centre is the perfect way to start and finish your visit to the New Forest National Park.

Guide Prices

Admission to the New Forest Centre is free (although donations are welcome).

Facilities

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Passenger lift
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access - Free Wi-Fi for visitors.

Children

  • Children welcome

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments - The Tip, Leaf & Bean Cafe is the ideal place to stop and relax after your visit to the Museum or a long walk in the Forest.

Parking

  • Parking with charge - The New Forest Centre is situated adjacent to a public car park.

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Centre is signposted with brown heritage signs on all the major routes into Lyndhurst.The nearest railway station is Ashurst, which is 2 miles away.

Awards

  • New Forest AwardsGreen Leaf Tourism Scheme Green Leaf Tourism Scheme 2016
  • Welcome to ExcellenceWelcome To Excellence Welcome To Excellence 2016
  • Tourism South East AwardsBeautiful South Awards Finalist Beautiful South Awards Finalist 2016
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS VistEngland VAQAS 2016
  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

Opening Times

Open New Year

* The New Forest Centre is open 7 days a week; 10am - 5pm from 30 March to 28 October and 10am - 4pm at other times. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing.

Please note that the Gift Shop, Museum and Library close only for stocktake (30 January from noon and all day 31 January) and for the Christmas holiday period (24 December from 2pm, 25 December and 26 December).

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