Sharing the history of the New Forest

A free-entry museum, gallery and reference library situated in the heart of Lyndhurst, the New Forest Heritage Centre is dedicated to sharing the history and traditions of this diverse and beautiful area. With a gift shop and cafe on site, it's a great place to start your New Forest journey. 

Become a friend

It costs more than £1,000 a day to run the New Forest Heritage Centre. Become a friend and help protect and preserve the history of the New Forest.



Location: New Forest Centre,Off High Street, Hampshire

Target amount: £0.00

Amount raised: £360.00

Group Visits

From school visits to special interest groups, our education team can tailor sessions to meet your requirements



Christopher Tower Reference Library

Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library is home to one of the largest collections of New Forest books, maps, photographs and other ephemera. Opening Hours: Wednesdays 10.00am - 4.00pm & Fridays 10.00am - 12.30pm



Location: New Forest Centre,High Street, Lyndhurst

What’s in a Place-name? By Katharine Walker and Patrick Keane

A tour through New Forest place-names.


Author: Jennifer Pressnell

Upcoming events

  • New Forest Camera Club Exhibition - 11 Jan to 8 Mar 2020

    A collection of framed photographs taken by members of the New Forest Camera Club, including landscapes, plants, wildlife and people from within and beyond the New Forest National Park. Read more

  • New Forest at Night - 'Museum Lates' Event - 7 Feb 2020

    Come and explore a Museum at Night as a family and find out more about the New Forest after dark! Read more

  • Legacy Information Event: Exclusive Verderers' Court Visit - 12 February 2020

    A FREE behind the scenes look at the New Forest's Ancient Verderers' Court and how legacies are vital to the New Forest Heritage Centre Read more

  • '22 Miles of Sea'

    Collaboration between Forest Forge Theatre Company and playwright David Lane. Exhibition within the New Forest Museum. Read more