Fordingbridge

all you need to know

The riverside market town of Fordingbridge, once an industrial and commercial centre, offers a picturesque base for your New Forest holiday.

About Fordingbridge

Known as ‘The Northern Gateway to the New Forest’, Fordingbridge is a picturesque town on the banks of the River Avon. The town is known for its majestic medieval bridge which features seven elegant arches dating from 1286AD and was once noted for its smuggling. The infamous Captain Diamond, the "Smuggler King", spent much of his time in a local hostelry. Today, Fordingbridge is home to an eclectic mix of interesting, independent shops and boutiques. In Kings Yard, you’ll find The Towns Visitor Information Centre and Fordingbridge Museum which houses an impressive collection of exhibitions and local history.

There are plenty of really good pubs and restaurants in and around Fordingbridge. In the town centre try The George and The Bat and Ball. Close by in Whitsbury is The Cartwheel Inn, and in Rockbourne, The Rose and Thistle.

The Avon Valley footpath runs for 34 miles from Salisbury to Christchurch. The surrounding scenery is the essence of stunningly beautiful English countryside, winding through high chalk downlands and water meadows.The River Avon is a celebrated and well known fishing destination with scenic backdrops and inspiring views. You can buy day permits to fish from Riverside Park Recreation Park from the Visitor information Centre, or Q8 service station. Keen fishermen may also like to try Rockbourne Trout Fishery, a short drive north of the town centre. There are six stunning lakes for fly fishing and a tributary to the River Avon, all set in over 55 secluded acres of woodland.

The New Forest is great for star gazing its inky black skies. Enthusiasts may like to contact Fordingbridge Astronomers online. They’re amateur astronomers of all ages and abilities who are keen share their interest of astronomy and regularly meet up. 

Just south of Fordingbridge in Midgham are outdoor activity specialists Insight Activities. They offer archery, crossbows, combat archery and axe throwing! During the summer months you can visit the excavation of a Roman Villa in Rockbourne, and to the north is Breamore Estate, an Elizabethan manor house, countryside museum and a fine example of an Anglo-Saxon church - open April - October.

LOADING...


Fordingbridge Museum
(Less than a mile)

Preserving the rich history of the village of Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forest, the former market town’s famed folk including artist Augustus John, its role during the Second World War, and its trade past are all documented in this former granary run by volunteers.  They have a collection of temporary and permanent exhibitions available to see, as well as seasonal events.

Click Here for further information

 

View location on map


Insight Activities
(2 miles)

Feeling active?  It’s Insight Activities for you then!  Archery, combat tag, crossbows, axe throwing and woodland weaponry are all part of the game as you explore the New Forest in Robin Hood style.  It’s perfect for anyone over the age of six, and is a chance to learn something new and have fun at the same time!

Click Here for further information

View location on map


New Forest Water Park
(2 miles)

When it comes to water sports and activities in the New Forest, the New Forest Water Park is hard to beat.  From wake boarding to inflatables, it is an adventurer’s paradise.  It’s family friendly and with camping available you can visit for a few hours or a few days, depending on your endurance levels!

Click Here for further information

View location on map

(1)

View all Reviews

We only did the inflatable part of the park but it was great fun, plenty of time to get around the whole thing and do all the best bits over again until exhaustion takes hold! I strongly suggest getting there at least 20 minutes before your booked time though as we were essentially told off for arriving late even though we were there for the time we booked for.

February 2018


Firtree Farm Equestrian Centre
(3 miles)

A family run business with a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere, Firtree Farm Equestrian Centre offers indoor and outdoor riding options for people of all ages and abilities, whatever your riding goals.  There is also a Pony Club Centre - more on that when you get in touch - and access to bridleways and the beauty of the surrounding area.

Click Here for further information

 

View location on map


Rockbourne Roman Villa
(3 miles)

Take a step back in time to visit this Roman villa which was discovered in 1942 thanks to the remains of oyster shells and tiles.  Once excavated, the treasures kept coming with a mosaic floor and foundations making themselves apparent until the entire villa was uncovered, not to mention the remains of an Iron Age timber roundhouse as well.  Visit, explore, and see what you discover!

Click Here for further information

View location on map



The Crown - Fordingbridge
(Less than a mile)

A friendly, town centre pub in Fordingbridge, with some tables to the rear for when it’s warm. Inside there’s a nice open fire and plenty of tables. The menus are pub classics at a very reasonable price, which can be washed down with a good pint of real ale.

The Crown (T: 01425 652552) 62 High Street, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AX

View location on map


The Ship Inn - Fordingbridge
(Less than a mile)

In the centre of the town is the popular pub - The Ship Inn.  Inside there’s an open fire, and traditional bar which stocks a good selection of drinks and cask ales. During the warmer months, you can sit outside in the walled beer garden. The main menu offers the usual pub fare which is supplemented by an extensive specials board. There’s live music at the weekends and monthly theme nights which are great fun.

The Ship Inn (T: 01425 654371) Fordingbridge, SP6 1AX

View location on map


The George
(Less than a mile)

This friendly, riverside gastro-pub in the centre of Fordingbridge overlooks the towns famous ‘Great Bridge’, and reputed to be Fordingbridge’s oldest surviving inn. The George is open for food all day including cream teas.  Menus feature plenty of local produce and change regularly, centring around pub classics with a few surprises and twists on traditional plates. It gets busy, so best book ahead.

The George (T: 01425 652040) 14 Bridge St, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AH

View location on map

(2)

View all Reviews

Excellent family pub in a lovely location on the river and dog friendly.

June 2018


Excellent service, atmosphere and food.

April 2018


The Augustus John
(Less than a mile)

A funky, shabby chic, cottage style pub with a huge heart and lovely friendly service. Food is delicious - you can even order a take away to take back to your cottage. The seasonal menu features lots of star ingredients from local producers, accompanied by a great selection of drinks including some amazing cask ales. Expect creative and imaginative dishes cooked really well. There’s also an active events calendar of live music and food themed evenings.

The Augustus John (T: 01425 652 098) 116 Station Road, Fordingbridge SP6 1DG

 

View location on map

(2)

View all Reviews

Lovely grub.

September 2018


Good food, pleasant atmosphere, they were happy to have a 1 year old in the evening.

September 2018


The Three Lions
(Less than a mile)

Very much a gastro pub with a good size bar. The Three Lions is a real treat and very popular, so it’s advisable to book. The owners, one of whom is a former Michelin starred chef, have created a foodie haven, accompanied by an excellent selection of drinks and friendly service. Well worth a visit.

The Three Lions (T: 01422 400089) Stuckton SP6 2HF

View location on map


Highcliffe Beach
(14 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

View location on map

(1)

View all Reviews

Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Barton on Sea
(15 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

View location on map


Mudeford Sandbank
(15 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

View location on map

(1)

View all Reviews

Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018


Boscombe Beach
(15 miles)

Boscombe is a popular family beach with plenty of sand, and a small pier with extensive facilities including a children’s play area, several seafront shops and cafés, crazy golf, plenty of parking and a safe traffic free area perfect for cycling and scooters.

View location on map


Bournemouth Beach
(15 miles)

Nestled beneath stunning cliffs, Bournemouth Beach (also known as Bournemouth Central Beach) is the popular stretch of sand to the east and west of Bournemouth Pier. Enjoying its own micro-climate with some of the warmest sea waters in the UK, and with spectacular views of the Isle of Wight, this is one of the busiest parts of the full seven-mile stretch of sandy beaches that run along the Bournemouth coastline.

Easy walking distance from the shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of Bournemouth, there are lots of things to do here too, from the selection of rides, amusements and boat trips that depart from Bournemouth Pier, to the shore zip wire, to a refreshing paddle in the waves, or a spell relaxing in the sunshine on a deckchair. Bournemouth Oceanarium is also located on the seafront, as are many bars, cafes and restaurants to suit every taste.

Land Train runs along the promenade from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier, or to Alum Chine - perfect for children or anyone else who wants to save their legs whilst enjoying views of the beach.

Dogs are not permitted on this stretch of beach, but are allowed on a lead on the promenade.

View location on map

Find your dream
Fordingbridge holiday now

Check availability
and book online

Customer Feefo Reviews