Lyndhurst

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The large village of Lyndhurst, known as the capital of the New Forest, has an attractive high street lined with lots of independent shops, cafes and eateries.

About Lyndhurst

The large village of Lyndhurst is known as the ‘Capital of the New Forest’. The most important property in the village and indeed the forest, is The Queens House, which you can find at the top of the high street. It’s home to the New Forest Verderers’, an ancient organisation dating back to the 13th Century. The Verderers’ sit here, meet in the hall and court to oversee, administer and protect the rights of local commoning practices and conserve the forests landscape. The Queens House is also the local headquarters of the Forestry Commission.

Lyndhurst’s high street is lined with lots of independent shops, cafes and eateries. Our favourites include: ‘Shave Green’, a treasure trove of intriguing vintage and quirky gifts, ornaments, trinkets and collectables. Shoppers can step back in time at ‘The Old Apothecary’, a magical collection of knick-knacks, remedies, oils, soaps and unusual bath time treats with a modern twist. ‘Pages of Lyndhurst’ is best described as an emporium of popular and unusual alcoholic drinks, teas and coffee beans, novelties and gifts with friendly knowledgeable staff. If you have a couple of hundred thousand pounds (preferably more) to spare, pop into the Meridien showroom at the bottom of the high street and take a look at their selection of Ferrari and Maserati cars for sale.
 

Food and Drink

The Curry Leaf has an excellent reputation for Indian dishes, Italian food lovers should head to The Pergola and for authentic Thai cuisine try the Siam Thai Lounge. For great pub food The Waterloo Arms is a must. Just two miles away in the hamlet of Bank is one of the New Forests best pubs for food, The Oak Inn.

The New Forest Centre can be found in the village centre car park. It’s crammed full of activities, information and what’s on in The New Forest National Park. It offers Visitor Information and houses a gallery and a gift shop. Within the same building is The New Forest Museum, depicting the forest’s rich history, heritage and way of life for its human and animal inhabitants.

The town centre maybe a hive of activity, but Lyndhurst has plenty of green spaces to burn off energy or relax with a book. The Mount and Bolton's Bench to the right as you head out towards Ashurst, is a lovely expanse of grass to fly kites, play rounder’s and enjoy a picnic. Turn right before the Mount on to the Beaulieu road, after a couple of hundred yards you’ll find the village cricket pitch, often surrounded by ponies and donkeys. A lovely place to spend a sunny summer afternoon watching a match.

Other days in Lyndhurst could encompass a bike ride. Trax Bike Hire in the village will deliver bikes to your cottage; or you can pick them up from their shop along with a choice of cycle routes. New Forest Golf Club in Lyndhurst wins rave reviews for its 18 well designed holes and friendly atmosphere. The New Forest Reptile centre is only a mile away; and has enclosures of British reptiles and New Forest Reptile Centreamphibians with lots of information and guides on hand to tell you how they are being conserved in the New Forest.

The pre-Raphaelite church of St Michael and All Angels has a striking 160ft (49m) spire, beautiful stained glass windows and the grave of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

During the warmer months there’s an open top double decker bus tour with optional audio commentary. There’s a choice of 3 routes, all of which start and finish in Lyndhurst. Tickets are open for the day, so you can jump off at a different village, beach or attraction and catch a later bus back. The Visitor Information Centre has more details.

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Hidden Britain Tours
(Less than a mile)

Guided tours of the New Forest on foot or driven around by our own chauffeur is the glamorous way to explore this beautiful part of the world.  Hidden Britain Tours have refined their experience over five years to bring you the best of the area’s history and landscapes in a few short hours - something for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

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New Forest Centre
(Less than a mile)

Telling you everything you need to know about the beauty spot that is the New Forest National Park, the New Forest Centre brings you the New Forest Museum, gift shops, walks and cycle rides and guides to the area’s magnificent wildlife.  

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Very interesting and informative.

August 2017


Informative and Interesting. Nice selection of items in shop.

March 2018


New Forest Museum
(Less than a mile)

Housed within the New Forest Centre, the New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park, including why ponies are kept on the Forest and why we shouldn’t feed them! There’s something for all ages, which will help you make the most of your time in the Forest

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Very interesting. Grandson enjoyed the hands on displays.

August 2017


Went on an event day, which was, for us, too busy. The tickets allowed to go in again within 6 days. Lovely and peaceful and managed to see round the palace. Staff very friendly and heloful. Our grandchildren had a great day

May 2018


The Woods Cyclery
(Less than a mile)

Offering accessory and cycle hire, The Woods Cyclery allows you to explore the New Forest and all its cycle paths, getting to know the natural beauty of Lyndhurst.  They offer a wide range of bikes from brands including Giant, GT Marin or Scott, for all ages and abilities as well as offering repairs and servicing.

https://www.thewoodscyclery.co.uk

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New Forest Golf Club
(Less than a mile)

The second oldest golf club in Hampshire, New Forest Golf Club on the outskirts of Lyndhurst is renowned for its beauty and the excellence of the course.  A relatively flat and easy walking par 69, it is a warm and welcoming environment with New Forest ponies and cattle roaming freely for good measure - so just keep an eye out where you hit that ball!

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The Fox & Hounds
(Less than a mile)

A friendly Georgian pub in Lyndhurst’s thriving high street. It’s often busy with both locals and visitors who come to drink, eat, take part in the quiz nights, events and listen to live bands on Saturday nights. Inside is spacious whilst staying cosy, especially with the log burner glowing on a winter’s day. During warmer months, you can sit outside in the large terraced beer garden. 

The Fox & Hounds (T: 023 8028 2098) Lyndhurst SO43 7BG

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Friendly pub with.excellent beer and good food at reasonable prices. Pleasant outside patio and live music at weekends fun. New Forest discount card accepted for food orders recommended.

September 2017


The Mailmans Arms
(Less than a mile)

At the end of the high street, Mailmans Arms is a great place for people watching – the pub is next to the Maserati/Ferrari garage! The bar stocks real ales and a nice selection of wines, spirits and beverages. Home-made food is served all day and beautifully presented. Meat is from a local butcher, and vegetables from a greengrocer on the high street. The menu features popular pub classics alongside a daily specials board. There’s a monthly curry night and very popular Sunday carvery. Indoors is a large log fire, and when warm, there’s a choice of outdoor seating to the front of the pub and a beer garden to the rear. A separate TV room shows major sporting events.  

Mailmans Arms, (T:02380 284196)  Lyndhurst, SO43 7BE

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Cafe Parisien
(Less than a mile)

Lovely little café on Lyndhurst’s high street serving French-inspired goodies such as fresh croissants, pastries and baguettes, as well as a few cooked dishes and excellent coffee. There’s a small outdoor terrace from which you can watch the world go by.

Cafe Parisien (T: 023 8028 4546) Lyndhurst SO43 7BJ

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La Pergola
(Less than a mile)

A family friendly, traditional Italian restaurant with al fresco dining on the pergola covered terrace.  Choose from the al la carte menu for your favourite pizza or pasta, or something a bit different from the specials board.  Make sure you leave room for the delicious homemade desserts though!

La Pergola (T: 023 8028 4184) Lyndhurst SO43 7BQ

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Had a lovely lunch here, good sized portions and the staff were brilliant with our little boy

November 2017


The Swan Inn
(Less than a mile)

This family run pub has roots dating back to c.1731. There’s a large sunny beer garden to the rear, inside is the familiar warm and comfortable hues, dark wood, beams and exposed brickwork for a country pub of this age. There are daily specials alongside the main menu, which also changes on a regular basis. You’ll find the usual pub fare which is cooked well and in large hearty portions. Dogs welcome.

The Swan  (T:02380 282203) Emery Down, SO43 7DT

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Barton on Sea
(11 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.

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Milford on Sea
(11 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Highcliffe Beach
(11 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.

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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


Lepe Beach
(12 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Mudeford Sandbank
(13 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.

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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

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