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Visiting

The New Forest is a beautiful place that can be protected for years to come with the help of visitors.

Visiting the New Forest

From beautiful scenery to free roaming animals, fascinating history to scenic coastline, there's something for everyone in the New Forest National Park. We'll help you find your way around the Forest and enjoy all it has to offer while caring for this fragile and important landscape.
Avoid disturbing rare birds

Avoid disturbing rare birds

Visitor information centres

Visitor information centres

Access for all

Access for all

Public buses

Public buses

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Where to stay

Links to accommodation on the official tourism website.

Bed and breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts

Self-catering cottages

Self-catering cottages

Campsites and holiday parks

Campsites and holiday parks

Travel

Car parks

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Travel

Driving

The New Forest is a beautiful place, full...

Travel

Enjoy a stress-free visit by planning your travel to the New Forest in advance and thinking about how you will get around when you are here. You could arrive by train or ferry, hop on the open-top New Forest Tour, then get information from the seasonal Travel Concierges. If you do drive then please do so carefully and be aware of the free-roaming animals that cross the unfenced roads.

Local produce

The New Forest National Park is blessed with a huge range of local people and businesses that produce high quality local produce. Get the authentic New Forest experience by buying locally wherever you can when you visit and looking out for the New Forest Marque on products. The New Forest National Park Authority is proud to support the New Forest Marque which helps promote businesses involved in the production, processing and distribution of local produce – businesses for whom the New Forest is at the heart of their product. By shopping locally and buying New Forest Marque goods from our small-scale producers who are closely linked with the landscape you can help nature and also reduce your carbon footprint. Your support helps ensure the New Forest National Park remains a special place into the future. Our collective actions are influencing the future of the New Forest, including its nature, wildlife, infrastructure, communities and working Forest. Since the New Forest National Park was established in 2005, it’s been recognised that the climate crisis is the most significant long-term threat to this extraordinary landscape. By acting together now and buying local produce, we can make a positive difference to the local area and to the planet.

Local produce

Restaurants and tea rooms

These New Forest Marque member restaurants and tea...

Local produce

Where to buy

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Care for the Forest

New Forest code

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Care for the Forest

Fireworks

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Care for the Forest

We want visitors to the New Forest National Park to enjoy and benefit from its beautiful landscapes and wildlife, and they bring a much-valued contribution to the local economy. It’s great when people understand the Forest well enough to ensure they don’t inadvertently cause problems for local people and their animals or perhaps disturb rare nesting birds. Follow the links to learn how you can help care for the Forest next time you visit.

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