New Forest Visitor information
An Introduction to the New Forest
The New Forest, originally a hunting ground for the King, William I, is also one of England's National parks and includes a wealth of pastures to hike through, sport experiences, from water sports to horse riding and dotted with quaint villages which are full of history.
Things to do in the New Forest
The New Forest is home to Buckler's Hard, an 18th Century village in which Nelson's ships were built, which contains a maritime museum. Marwell Zoological Park is also situated within the region and Rockbourne Roman Villa is the largest of its kind in the surrounding area. New Forest Waterpark allows you to experience watersports such as wake-boarding and the New Forest Activities organises different sport experiences from sailing to horse riding.
Getting to the New Forest
Brockenhurst Station is the main station in the region, with South West Trains linking it with London Waterloo. The train stations within the National Park are Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst and Sway. Other train stations in the New Forest are Hinton Admiral, Lymington, New Milton and Totton.
By Coach and Bus
National Express coaches stop at Lyndhurst, Lymington and Ringwood and other stops in The New Forest. The New Forest is served by a public bus network, the main operators are Bluestar, Wilts and Dorset and Transdev Yello Buses.
Wightlink ferries connect The New Forest with the Isle of Wight between Lymington and Yarmouth and Red Funnel goes from Southampton to Cowes.
The main roads in the New Forest are the A31, which connects to the M27 just inside the New Forest's boundary, the A53 and the A337.
Bournemouth International airport is the closest to the region, an hours drive away, with Southampton airport also nearby.