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: £250.00

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

New Forest Fiction - Past and Present

Join us for a literary evening with Edward Rutherfurd on Friday 20th September. 7.30pm start. Refreshments available. Tickets £15 (£12 for members).




Tickets: From £12.00

Author: Giles Gould

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre,High St, Lyndhurst

Upcoming events

  • New Forest Open Art Exhibition

    Exhibition of successful works from the New Forest Open Art Competition. Until 7 September. Read more

  • Summer Holiday Discovery Days - Every Tuesday & Thursday 10am to 4pm

    Learn about the New Forest whilst having fun! Read more

  • New Forest Marathon

    Run 5K, 10K, a half marathon or a full marathon alongside the New Forest ponies - and fundraise to keep the heritage of the New Forest alive Read more

  • 14 Sept to 20 Oct - David Bailey: Wildlife Photographer

    Come and see David's amazing work in our gallery! Read more