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: £310.00

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

You Learn Something New Every Day!

Get Kids Out Learning


Author: Jennifer Pressnell

Upcoming events

  • Marine Paintings of the New Forest - 26 Oct 2019 to 5 Jan 2020

    A stunning collaboration by five local artists: Barry Peckham, Peter Frost, Richard Tratt, Colin Richins and Barry Miles. Read more

  • 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

  • Open Day - Christopher Tower Reference Library - 18 January 2020

    An opportunity to visit our incredible library outside of normal opening hours. Read more

  • Fundraising Book Fair - 18 January 2020

    Come to our book fair and help us raise funds for our museum! Read more