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Lyndhurst

Take a trip to Lyndhurst, and you’ll be treading in the footsteps of Royalty. Lyndhurst occupies a fairly central location in the New Forest, and has long been dubbed the capital of the National Park. This title was given by William The Conqueror, who used the area as a hunting ground from 1709 onwards, and since then, records show many Kings and Queens stayed at the Royal Manor, and made use of the Royal hunting grounds.

Find out about Lyndhurst’s Royal heritage, and other interesting insights into Lyndhurst, and the New Forest as a whole, at the New Forest Museum, which you can find centrally located in the village. This forms part of the New Forest Centre, which also includes a gift shop, gallery, and reference library. There are special family events during the holidays, and a regular program of walks and talks, if you want to find out more about the New Forest, and how to make the most of your trip there.

When you explore, look out for other points of interest, such as the church of St Michael and the All Angels. This church was built around the 1860’s and draws visitors in with its stained glass windows, including designs by William Morris.

With tea rooms, traditional pubs, and shops to enjoy, discovering Lyndhurst is fun for all the family, and the wider area is full of possibilities too. Check out the New Forest Otter, Owl, and Wildlife Park, or Longdown Activity Farm. You can also pick up a New Forest Tour from Lyndhurst and explore some of the National Park on an open top bus.

Whether you visit on a day trip, or decide to stay in one of the charming hotels, you can access Lyndhurst by coach and bus services that stop in the village, or arrive at nearby train stations such as Ashurst, Brockenhurst, or Southampton. There’s plenty to see and do there, so why not find out what else is on offer in the heart of the New Forest.