Whether you’re a visitor to the New Forest, or just want to learn more about this unique area, the New Forest Centre is a great place to start.
Conveniently located next to Lyndhurst’s main public car park, the Centre is a museum, gallery, gift shop and reference library all in one building. And admission is free!
Why is the Forest called ‘New’? Who owns the ponies? Why are certain animals allowed to run free? You can find the answers to all these questions and much more if you take a walk through the fully accessible museum with its interactive displays and family fun tree. If you want to learn more, there are Discovery Days during the school holidays with New Forest themed activities and a calendar of special talks and workshops throughout the year.
The New Forest Gallery plays host to a varied programme of exhibitions from local history to the ever-popular New Forest Open Art Competition and the well stocked gift shop is the ideal place to browse for that special gift.
The New Forest Centre is an independent museum owned and operated by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust (Reg Charity No: 279373).
The New Forest Centre is open 7 days a week; 10am - 5pm from 25 March to 30 October and 10am - 4pm at other times.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Please see website for Library opening hours.
The Centre is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 31 January.
Admission is free