There aren’t many places you can hang out with free-roaming ponies, donkeys, cattle and pigs but the magical New Forest is one of them. And for every New Forest pony you spot, you’ll more than likely bump into a good old-fashioned, rural boozer serving proper ale. Now that’s our kind of forest.
Hotels in New Forest
Lymington (New Forest, Hordle)
Christchurch / Highcliffe
What to do in New Forest
Saddle up and hack the New Forest. The best way to explore this beguiling setting and catch a glimpse of indigenous wildlife is most definitely on horseback. There are hacks for all levels at the New Forest’s numerous stables.
New Forest Reptile Centre
You won’t believe how many different reptiles are native to Britain. See them all in one place at the New Forest Reptile Centre. Patience required on bad-weather days.
The lost art of eighteenth-century shipbuilding is brought to life in the restored village of Buckler’s Hard. It’s where Admiral Nelson’s favourite war ship was created.
National Motor Museum
Giving the lowdown on British motoring from day one to the present, the NMM is a motorhead’s dream. For everyone else, there’s Palace House and Gardens to enjoy.
Colourful, cobbled and charming - the coastal town of Lymington has a brilliant market every Saturday and a lively port. If you’re looking for New Forest hotels, Premier Inn Lymington is the perfect base.
The New Forest Marque sets the standard of local produce. Anything bearing the Marque is authentic New Forest fodder and meets rigorous criteria. Beaulieu Chocolate Studio, Cobley Wood Farm, Lisa’s Larder, Howat’s Hives, Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers and Setleyridge Vineyard & Farm Shop all proudly bear the Marque.