A guide to Lyndhurst

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Did you know?

  • 1.
    In the graveyard of St Michael and All Angel’s Church can be found the grave of Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was the inspiration to Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
  • 2.
    According to folklore 400 years ago, Burley Beacon was inhabited by a dragon, believed to have been slain by Sir Maurice Berkeley of Bisterne, whereby its corpse became Bolton’s Bench hill outside Lyndhurst.
  • 3.
    The name Lyndhurst derives from an Old English name (probably of Saxon origin) and means ‘Wooded hill with lime-trees growing’.

Lyndhurst Area

Lyndhurst is the largest village in the New Forest, known as the capital of the area since William the Conqueror established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079. The charming village is very attractive to those visiting the New Forest as well as its locals, and with its surrounding beautiful landscape and ancient origins, it certainly offers plenty of exciting activities to fill your days with; from enjoying peaceful walks and admiring the stunning scenery, to exploring its hidden history in the village centre.

Surrounding Villages

  • Brockenhurst
    Brockenhurst sits just a few miles south of Lyndhurst, and is famed for its picturesque forest land and New Forest ponies and donkeys that congregate along its High Street. The village offers a good selection of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, with a variety of independent and chain stores.
  • Burley
    Surrounded by beautiful open heathland and wildlife, Burley is known for having ponies and cattle roaming around freely. As the village is steeped in history, much of its appeal comes from its distinct old world charm. Burley has tea rooms, gift shops, art galleries, and the usual amenities you would expect in a village.
  • Beaulieu
    Home to the Motor Museum and Estate, and one of the New Forest’s most popular locations, Beaulieu offers something for everyone from its idyllic 16th century high street, to its scenic walks along the riverbank. Also home to a fabulous pub called the Montagu Arms, where you can dine with wonderful views across the Beaulieu River.