The gorgeous New Forest National Park is a wonderfully relaxing place; perfect for walking, long pub lunches and pony-spotting. If you prefer to get more active on holiday is also well suited for cycling with miles of traffic-free paths to explore. This National Park is dotted with dozens of lovely places to stay so it can be hard to choose one. To give you a hand we have selected the best towns to stay in the New Forest. There is sure to be one that will take your fancy.
Brockenhurst is the largest village in the New Forest and it’s well connected with direct trains to London. Next to the station, you can rent bikes; perfect for exploring more of this National Park. If you prefer to stay on two feet there are a number of beautiful walks to enjoy. After a day in the great outdoors make the most of one of the local cafes or restaurants.
A short bike ride from Brockenhurst you will find Lyndhurst. This village is home to the New Forest Heritage Centre Museum, where you can find out lots about this National Park and enjoy some family-friendly activities. Of course, it’s also a great spot to enjoy walking, cycling and wildlife-spotting.
You’ll find this pretty village on the banks of the River Beaulieu. This relaxing spot will leave you well placed to enjoy the coast and numerous attractions. Choose from the National Motor Musem, Palace House or the nearby North Solent National Nature Reserve. There is plenty to see and do here.
Burley has kept much of its traditional charm. Expect free-roaming ponies and cattle, thatched cottages and a history steeped in witchcraft and smuggling. There’s plenty to see and do here, from art galleries to a pick-your-own farm. Enjoy plenty of walking and cycling, or simply relax and watch the world go by from one of the cafes.
The New Forest might not be known as a beach destination, but there is a great beach near Lepe in Lepe Country Park. It’s a great spot for swimming, bird-watching, picnics, and generally enjoying the views. Of course, as with the rest of the National Park, there are numerous good walks to enjoy here.