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Top things to do in New Forest National Park

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Ranked #1 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Owner description: Mr Spokes' New Forest Cycle Hire is located at 'The Gateway to the New Forest', Ashurst; boasting miles of cycle routes right... more » Owner description: Mr Spokes' New Forest Cycle Hire is located at 'The Gateway to the New Forest', Ashurst; boasting miles of cycle routes right on our doorstep and a new fleet of Giant Mountain Bikes, suitable for all ages and abilities. With 10 routes to choose from, varying from 6 miles to 30 miles, there is a bike ride or day out in the New Forest to suit everyone. Come and join us. You'll have fun! « less
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New Forest (Lyndhurst)
Ranked #2 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Forests; National Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #3 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Owner description: Cycle from a beautiful New Forest Village location with free parking! The perfect base for Cycling, one of the most popular... more » Owner description: Cycle from a beautiful New Forest Village location with free parking! The perfect base for Cycling, one of the most popular New Forest activities! We are the acclaimed New Forest Cycle Hire, Cycle Sales and Cycle Repairs Centre, located in the unspoilt and beautiful village of Burley, in the heart of the New Forest and close to the trails. Our energetic and friendly trained staff are here to help you enjoy your cycling adventure, with rides for all ages and abilities.New Forest Electric Bike Hire. OPEN 7 DAYS ALL YEAR ROUND - FREE PARKING NEARBY - ONLINE BOOKING « less
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Insight Activities (Fordingbridge)
Ranked #4 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Owner description: Insight Activities are a specialist outdoor activities company which provides high quality, educational and fun ways to... more » Owner description: Insight Activities are a specialist outdoor activities company which provides high quality, educational and fun ways to explore, connect and engage with the New Forest and surrounds. We pride ourselves on offering something different and inspiring for all ages from ages 5 years to 105 years! We offer the following activities: Archery; Axe Throwing; Snake Walks; and Bat Walks. « less
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Ranked #5 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Forests; Parks; Outdoors
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Furzey Gardens (Minstead)
Ranked #6 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland... more » Owner description: Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. « less
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Ranked #7 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Ferries/ Boats; Hiking Trails; Cultural
Owner description: Starting from Milford-on-Sea, this is a two-mile walk alongthe coast, ending at Hurst Castle, an ancient monument open year... more » Owner description: Starting from Milford-on-Sea, this is a two-mile walk alongthe coast, ending at Hurst Castle, an ancient monument open year 'round, with a cafe. A ferry runs from the village of Keyhaven from Easter through summer months. « less
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Ranked #8 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: ; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is one of the South's top visitor attractions. Here you will find the... more » Owner description: In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is one of the South's top visitor attractions. Here you will find the National Motor Museum, home to over 250 vehicles telling the history of motoring. You can also visit Palace House and Gardens, home of the Montagu family since 1538, the remains of Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear where you can see some of the vehicles from Jeremey, James and Richard's most ambitious challenges. Ride on the high level Monorail or climb aboard the replica 1912 open top London bus for a fun way to see Beaulieu's sights. « less
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Ranked #9 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This historic village offers many interesting attractions including the Palace House, formerly a 14th-century Great... more » Owner description: This historic village offers many interesting attractions including the Palace House, formerly a 14th-century Great Gatehouse, and Beaulieu Abbey, founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks. « less
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Ranked #10 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Forests; Parks; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds. Follow... more » Owner description: Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds. Follow the woodland trails to see wallaby, European bison, wolves, wild boar, Scottish wildcats, lynx, foxes, pine marten, polecats, owls and ferrets. Meet the friendly deer and say hi to the playful otters, including the endangered giant otter. Feeding sessions, keeper talks and special events year round. « less
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Hurst Castle (Milford on Sea)
Ranked #11 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Castles; Cultural
Owner description: Built by Henry VIII as a chain of fortresses to protect the Solent, this is the site where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648... more » Owner description: Built by Henry VIII as a chain of fortresses to protect the Solent, this is the site where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648 before being taken to his trial and execution in London. « less
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Ranked #12 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #13 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: There is a viewing platform for deer. Picturesque forest and national park for the family. Very picturesque and ponies wonder... more » Owner description: There is a viewing platform for deer. Picturesque forest and national park for the family. Very picturesque and ponies wonder around. It was very busy Easter Weekend but still and enjoyable day out, getting back to nature. « less
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Breamore House (Fordingbridge)
Ranked #14 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Ranked #15 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #16 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Gardens; Scenic Railroads; Outdoors
Owner description: Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs,... more » Owner description: Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, in the beautiful New Forest. Offering peace, relaxation and tranquility - a day spent at Exbury is a day spent in paradise. Created in the 1920s, the gardens extend over 200 acres of natural beauty that echo to the names of the famous plant hunters. Explore on foot, by chauffeur-driven buggy tour or travel on the Exbury Gardens Steam Railway. Mr Eddy's Restaurant and Tearooms; Plant Centre and Gift Shop; free parking. VAQAS assessed. « less
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Bolton's Bench (Lyndhurst)
Ranked #17 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Ranked #18 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Buckler's Hard (Beaulieu)
Ranked #19 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard, the... more » Owner description: On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard, the unique and picturesque village where warships for Nelson’s navy were built. Visit the historic cottage displays recreating 18th century life, take a delightful riverside walk or enjoy a cruise on the tranquil Beaulieu River. Gift shop and Captain’s Cabin Cafe. Open every day (except Christmas Day). « less
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Ranked #20 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: National Parks; Zoos/Aquariums

Libertys Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre Located at Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hants. BH24 3EA just off of the A31 south of Ringwood. A privately run facility housing a wide range of... more »

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Braxton Gardens (Milford on Sea)
Ranked #21 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: A stones throw away from the sea.A beautiful place to come and relax in the gardens and tea room.Enjoy the gardens, buy the... more » Owner description: A stones throw away from the sea.A beautiful place to come and relax in the gardens and tea room.Enjoy the gardens, buy the plants, sit down and relax with lunch, cake and tea! « less
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Fordingbridge Museum (Fordingbridge)
Ranked #22 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Ranked #23 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #24 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. The Impressions of the... more » Owner description: The New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. The Impressions of the New Forest National Park film show welcomes you to the New Forest Museum and sets the scene for your visit. Discover why ponies are kept on the Forest and why we shouldn't feed them! See the Beaulieu Road pony sales yard display and soak up the atmosphere of the sales yard by listening to the sounds of a typical trading day. Visit our Family Fun Tree! There's something here for all ages and you'll find out more about how to enjoy your time in the Forest. The New Forest Centre is owned and run by the registered charity New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust. « less
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St Mary, Breamore (Fordingbridge)
Ranked #25 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Rockbourne Roman Villa (Fordingbridge)
Ranked #26 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Ranked #27 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Ranked #28 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Ranked #29 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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Shave Green (Lyndhurst)
Ranked #30 of 42 attractions in New Forest National Park
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