New Forest Heritage Centre


High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

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The New Forest Heritage 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, Reference Library, Exhibition Gallery, Gift Shop, Café 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, visited our well stocked shop and enjoyed a snack in our relaxed café, 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 Heritage Centre is the perfect way to start and finish your visit to the New Forest National Park.



Guide Prices

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


Saturday, 30th April 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

New beginnings - photography exhibition
more info

Saturday, 28th May 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

Platinum Jubilee half term family activities
more info

Saturday, 11th June 2022 - Sunday, 3rd July 2022

Exhibition: D Day Lepe Heritage Group
more info



  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired - Large print copies of museum panels available.
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Free Entry


  • On-site light refreshments - Our café is the ideal place to stop and relax after your visit to the Museum or a long walk in the Forest.


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • Contactless payment only
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Open now - Our shop is open from 12th April 2021. The Museum, Gallery and Cafe are open from 17th May 2021.
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


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

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


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

Property Facilities

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

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      The Centre is signposted with brown heritage signs on all the major routes into Lyndhurst.

      Public Transport Directions

      The nearest railway station is Ashurst, which is 2 miles away.


      • Welcome to ExcellenceWelcome To Excellence Welcome To Excellence 2020
      • Tourism South East AwardsBeautiful South Awards Finalist Beautiful South Awards Finalist 2016
      • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018
      • New Forest AwardsGreen Leaf Silver Award Green Leaf Silver Award 2022

      Opening Times

      Open New Year
      Daily (12 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2023)

      * Monday 28th March to Sunday 30th October 2022
      10.00am - 5.00pm

      Closed Sunday 25th and Monday 26th December 2022

      Last entry into the museum and gallery is 30 minutes before closing

      Library opening times
      Wednesdays 10.00am – 4.00pm
      Fridays 10.00am – 12.30pm

      Outside of these times, the library can be accessed by appointment with seven days’ notice.

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