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The Local Area - New Forest Tourist Guide

For your convenience we have prepared a tourist guide of the local area including information on the following:

  • Attractions in and around the New Forest
    Overview and contact details for many local attractions including The New Forest National Park, Paultons Park the Home of Peppa Pig World, Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway and the National Motor Museum.

  • Places to Eat in Lyndhurst
    Overview and contact details for a selection of local eateries in Lyndhurst in the New Forest.

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Local Attractions

Paulton's Park Home Of Peppa Pig World
just off exit 2 of the M27, post code SO51 6AL
Paulton's Family Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides. Peppa Pig World is part of the theme park and is included in the entry ticket. The park also features thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in a garden setting. There are plenty of places to eat serving hot and cold snacks and drinks, ice creams etc plus picnic areas.

New Forest National Park
90,000 acres of heathland, bogs, woodlands and streams make up the New Forest National Park. William the Conqueror set aside the Forest for hunting more than 900 year ago and centuries of grazing deer, ponies and cattle have shaped the landscape. William would still recognise much of the Forest as the same place he hunted the "beasts of the chase" wild deer and boar. Today it is a wonderful area to explore by walking, cycling or on horseback. Amidst the network of small and attractive towns and villages the New Forest area offers the perfect opportunity to explore some of the richest and most extensive wildlife habitats in Europe. Delight in watching the New Forest ponies, cattle and deer wandering through the open expanse of semi-natural vegetation and forest.

Furzey Gardens
School Lane, Minstead, Tel: 02380 812464
This delightful informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for its all year round beauty. Tree houses, picnic and childrens area with coffee shop and gallery.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ, Tel: 02380 891203
The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, world famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Gardens open 19 March until 6 November, 10.00am – 5.00pm last admission, car park gates close at 6.00pm. Exbury also offers Mr Eddy's Restaurant, tea rooms, picnic area, gift shop and plant centre.

The National Motor Museum
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZN, Gen Enquiries: 01590 612345, Event Information: 01590 614614
You will have a great day out whether your interest is in motoring, stately homes, historic buildings or beautiful gardens – The museum has on offer 250 historic vehicles plus motoring memorabilia, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey ruins, plus various rides and drives for all the family to enjoy.
The Brabazon restaurant is open every day serving hot freshly made main course dishes which include Beaulieu estate garden produce, freshly made sandwiches and salads plus home baked cakes and pastries. All food is cooked on the day and none of the menu is microwavable.

Bucklers Hard
The Bucklers Hard Story reflects the history of the picturesque 18th century shipbuilding village where Nelson's fleet was built. There are cottage displays to view giving an insight into life in the village in bygone days. Ramble along the Riverside Walk and enjoy the pretty sights of Beaulieu River. Where to eat: Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms offering morning coffee, light lunches, all day snacks and clotted cream teas. The Master Builder's House Hotel serves lunch and dinner in the bar or restaurant which overlooks the Beaulieu River.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day and offers 180 acres of beauty, inspiration and discovery.


Gunwharf Quays
Shop at over 95 designer outlets, eat at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, 14 screen Vue cinema, bowl at the 26 lane Bowlplex, laugh with Highlights comedy club, dance the night away at Tiger Tiger etc.

Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard
Royal Naval Museum, HMS Victory, Mary Rose, Spinnaker Tower

Forest Leisure Cycling
An acclaimed New Forest cycle hire centre, based in the traditional and unspoilt village of Burley. Enjoy an active day out on one of many New Forest cycle routes, with rides for all ages and abilities – free parking nearby.

Alice in Wonderland Family Park
Hurn, near Christchurch, Tel: 01202 483444
Adventure Wonderland is an all-inclusive Children's Theme Park which combines the timeless fun and games of the Alice in Wonderland story.

New Forest Centre / New Forest Museum
Conveniently located in Lyndhurst, the heart of the National Park, here you will discover everything you need to know to help you enjoy your trip to the Forest.

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Places to Eat in Lyndhurst

English Fayre

The Fox and Hounds
22 High Street, Lyndhurst, S043 7BG, Tel: 02380 282098

The New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst, SO43 7DY, Tel: 0238 0284690
www.thenewforestinn.co.uk Family run pub with beer garden

The Royal Oak
Fritham, SO43 7HJ
Food served lunchtime 12:00-15:00. Homemade and fresh food.

The Swan Inn
Swan Green, Emery Down, Lyndhurst, S043 7DT, Tel: 02380 282203
Traditional menu ranging from light snacks to 3 course meal. Families welcome.

The Trusty Servent
Minstead, SO43 7FY, Tel: 02380 812137
Beer garden, families welcome.

White Hart
Old Romsey Road, Cadnam, SO40 2NP, Tel: 02380 812277
www.brunningandprice.co.uk/whitehartcadnam Traditional New Forest Pub with kids play equipment.

Italian Restaurants

La Pergola
Southampton Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BQ, Tel: 02380 284184
Traditional Italian restaurant/pizzeria. Al fresco dinning on the terrace, childrens play area.

The Old Pumphouse, 20 High St, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BD, Tel: 02380 658451
Serving irresistible Italian cuisine, great kids menu.

Chinese Restaurants

Imperial China Szechuan Restaurant
18 High Street, Lyndhurst, S043 7BD, Tel: 02380 283398
Exquisite Chinese and Szechuan food, extensive menu in restaurant and takeaway.

Indian Restaurants

Passage to India
Romsey Rd, Lyndhurst, SO43 7AA, Tel: 02380 282099
Popular Indian restaurant, also offering takeaway.

There is also a tea room in the Minstead Village Shop and plenty of tea rooms/coffee shops to be found in the High Street of Lyndhurst.