The New Forest National Park

A wildlife rich landscape

The New Forest was designated a national park in 2005 to give the park the highest level of protection and to help preserve it for generations to come. As well as being a great place for walking and cycling, the park is home to riding stables, golf courses, places to eat and stay and sites of historical interest to visit.

Book a 'Date with Nature' at the New Forest reptile centre. The latest hi tech gadgets will help you look right into the the tree top nests of the New Forest Goshawk, and pods at the centre will allow you to see unique wildlife such as reptiles and amphibians native to the forest.

Go on a tour of the New Forest and get great views of the park from an open top bus. Choose from three scenic routes around magical landscapes, picture postcard villages and popular attractions such as Exbury Gardens and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.You can hop on and off and switch routes on one ticket and bring your bikes (up to four) for free. The tour runs hourly seven days a week throughout 2018.

As well as the New Forest Centre there are local information points with friendly staff that can help with queries, maps, leaflets and information on places to visit.

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The New Forest National Park

The New Forest National Park

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