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

A Volunteer's View by Chris Hains


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

  • Verderers Hall Open Afternoon

    Come and visit the Verderers Hall on 3rd December. No booking is required. You can just turn up. Read more

  • Christmas Fun Day! Saturday 7 December

    As part of Lyndhurst Christmas fun day we will be making crafts and our badge maker will be running in the Museum. We will also have a Christmas trail in the Museum. 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